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FactualWEST is a one-of-a-kind, one day conference for mid-career and senior creators, producers and crew working in factual, lifestyle, reality and documentary television. We bring together top showrunners, broadcasters, creators and producers for a day of workshops designed to help you increase your skills, learn practical tips and get useful insights you can use move your career and your projects forward.

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Saturday, October 21


The First Cut is the Deepest: Making Strong Edit Choices
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Story editors and editors working on doc series with high footage ratios face a tough challenge cutting hours of tape down to make a solid assembly. Andy Bely offers practical tips on how to make strong edit choices.

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Andy Bely

Editor, Omni
Andy is an editor with 14 years experience editing factual entertainment, documentaries and dramatic films. He has also taught editing workshops for over 10 years. Andy has an MFA in film from American University and has studied film at FAMU, Prague.

Saturday October 21, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
470 Hamber Foundation Room 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3


Vancouver Post Alliance presents Exploring Similarities & Differences in Factual and Drama Post Production Workflow
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Suzanne Thompson

VP, Sales Deluxe Entertainment, Deluxe Entertainment
Suzanne Thompson has over 20 years’ experience as a post-production & VFX sales executive for film, television, and commercials. Over the years, she has been a very active industry leader. She sits as an executive board member of the Motion Picture Production Industry Association... Read More →

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Jenypher Fisher

Editor / Writer, Field & Post Board Member
Jenypher is a Vancouver based editor & story editor, working mainly in factual and documentary storytelling.  Recent series include WILD BEAR RESCUE (Animal Planet / Discovery), THIS IS HIGH SCHOOL (CBC Television), EXPECTING! (UPtv), YUKON GOLD (History), ER: Life & Death... Read More →
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James Ilecic

Editor, Freelance
James Ilecic has been working in post production for over 25 years in Canada and the US. His body of work includes editing drama, comedy, action and music. He's an original member of the Canadian Cinema Editors association, and is currently working on season 3 of the comedy series... Read More →

Rehan Khokhar

Assistant Editor
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Kerry McDowall

Kerry McDowall has been working in Vancouver’s post-production sector for the past 15 years.  She has been working primarily for production companies as an Associate Producer/Post Production Supervisor, though she had also spent two years working at CG/VFX House as an Executive... Read More →
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Chris McIntosh

Audio architect/President, Postal Audio
Chris McIntosh is an award-winning Sound Re-Recording Mixer and Sound Supervisor for film, television, virtual reality, and music productions. As well, he is the owner and audio director of Postal Audio, an audio design and mix facility in Vancouver.  Chris has worked on such projects... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
470 Hamber Foundation Room 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3


How To Make Your Sizzle Reel, Sizzle!
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If you have a great idea for a show one of the first things a production company or broadcaster will ask is to see tape. Join VPA member Alec Richardson as he dissects the all important sizzle reel. Learn how to make your sizzle reel…SIZZLE!

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Alec MacNeill Richardson

Director/Editor, Eager Beaver Media Inc.
Alec has worked as an editor and director in Vancouver for the past 20 years. He runs Eager Beaver Media Inc which specializes in the creation and editing of promos, sizzle reels and trailers. Past credits include the Web Series Salt Fresh & Field, Narcoleap and Spiral, Moosemeat... Read More →

Saturday October 21, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
470 Hamber Foundation Room 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3


Finale Post Production presents 2018 – A Post Odyssey
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With ever-changing field production technology featuring higher resolution and high dynamic range driving new post workflows and changing network deliveries, how will editorial and finishing teams “fix it in post” for the future? Our panel will review some of the changes you can expect to see with new apps, workflows, and technology in post.

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Don Thompson

President, Finale Post
Don Thompson is a seasoned Entrepreneur and Editor, and over the course of his successful career he’s also worked as a Producer, Director, Post Supervisor, Cameraman and Technical Director.Don launched FINALÉ during the late 1980s to provide a fresh creative alternative to traditional... Read More →

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Chris Boettcher

Finishing Editor/Smoke Artist, Finale Post Production
Finishing editor Chris Boettcher got his start in the business 15 years ago shooting TV spots and music videos. He is a skilled Smoke, Lustre and DaVinci artist, and has worked at several Vancouver post facilities as Colourist, Editor, Compositor and VFX Supervisor. Exciting finishing... Read More →
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Graham Kew

Graham Kew is a Vancouver based Editor. Recently, he wrapped up story producing and editing the new AMC docu-series, “Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comics”. He cut his teeth on episodes of the critically-acclaimed, Knowledge Network docu-series "Emergency Room: Life + Death... Read More →
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Julia Niendorf

Sr. Project Manager, Finale Post
Julia is a talented Project Manager and Post Supervisor who has successfully battled through the world of post-production, whether it’s tight deadlines, unlocked cuts or render errors, for over 10 years. Her first job was in Los Angeles working late at night transcribing reality... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
370 HSBC Executive Room 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3