Upcoming Workshops

Upcoming Workshops

To sign up for any of these workshops, either:

  • follow the Eventbrite link
  • email us at education@vivomediaarts.com
  • call 604-872-8337

Want access to discounts? Sign up to for a Basic or Extended Producer Membership, or redeem the Video Bucks you earned by volunteering.

Limited number of Extended Subsidies are available for select workshops. Read below for details.

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Refunds: Class sizes are small, and our instructors need to be paid–if you can’t make a class that you’ve signed up for, we need time to alert wait-listed participants. VIVO presently asks that withdrawals from workshops be requested by emailing education@vivomediaarts.com at least 12 days prior to the workshop date, if you would like to receive a refund minus a $5 administration fee. Thanks!


Camera, Lights, Sound!

Learn the basics needed to shoot your first videos with the help of artist Alysha Seriani!

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2 sessions, 9 hours total // $92, or $65 with any VIVO Producer Membership (+GST)

Session 1: Sat Jan 12, 12:30pm-5pm
Session 2: Sun Jan 13, 12:30pm-5pm

Two extended subsidies are available for this workshop:

Basic technical aspects of camera operation, sound recording, and lighting principles are taught through demonstration and hands-on practical exercises using the Canon Rebel T4i high definition camera and its interchangeable lenses. Learn how to use manual settings to help you get the best shot. Understand exposure, gain, shutter speed, and white balance. Using the Zoom H4n, audio recording procedure and considerations will be introduced. The principals of three-point lighting will also be covered and practiced.

This workshop uses equipment you can rent from VIVO, so it’s a great primer to get you started on your videos! It also benefits participants interested in VIVO’s more intermediary video-making workshops.

Alysha Seriani (alyshaseriani.com) is the lead mentor for this mentorship. She’s a filmmaker and producer living and working in Vancouver, BC. A graduate of Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts’ film program, she has directed, filmed and produced independent films and artist projects that have exhibited at film festivals and galleries such as the Vancouver International Film Festival, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, IMAGES, Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, the Contemporary Art Gallery and others around the world. More recently, Alysha has done camera work for contemporary artists such as Jeneen Frei Njootli, Deanna Bowen, T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss, and more.



Video Journalism + Documentary Perspectives

Learn to produce Real News with community engaged video artist Flick Harrison! Then, analyze different ways of telling the truth about the world with award-winning documentary filmmaker Rami Katz!

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3 sessions, 9 hours total // $117, or $85 with any VIVO Producer Membership (+GST)

Session 1: Tues Jan 15, 2019, 6pm-9pm
Session 2: Tues Jan 22, 2019, 6pm-9pm
Session 3: Tues Jan 29, 2019, 6pm-9pm

One Extended Subsidy is available for this workshop:

Prerequisites: Suitable for those who have previously attended VIVO’s Video Editing or Camera, Lights, Sound workshops, or those familiar with the basics of video production and post-production.

Learn documentary shooting techniques, on-camera reporting, off-camera interview skills, journalistic writing, and documentary editing. Develop a documentary concept, or bring one, and shoot footage to be analyzed and edited during the workshop. Engage group discussion on topics such as editing and truth, journalistic practices and fact checking, and building trust with interview subjects. Participants may use VIVO’s video cameras, or bring their own.

Session 1: Learn how to get a great interview by setting up lights, operating camera and microphones, and developing appropriate questions.

For homework, shoot some footage to use for Session 2. Don’t have a camera to finish homework? Participants with a Producer Membership (Basic or Extended) receive a 50% discount toward rental of one of VIVO’s cameras.

Session 2: Bring in your footage and learn how to develop a solid structure by editing a short news story with a voiceover and on-camera introduction.

Session 3: This theory session will introduce you to various possible strategies used by documentary producers in response to the problem of trying to relate reality through picture and sound and the specific ethical challenges implied. Can we use media to tell the whole truth? If not, how does documentary practice proceed? Filmmaker Rami Katz will present the making of his MFA thesis documentary, “The Issue of Mr. O’Dell” and show clips from this film and others.

All equipment provided. Participants are welcome to bring their own preferred headphones if they wish.


Flick Harrison (flickharrison.com) is a writer, media artist, filmmaker, hacker and drone pilot in Vancouver. “I’ve explored boundaries of all kinds in media, politics, education and the arts for over twenty years.  As an artist, I explode the aesthetics of political conflict; as an educator, I try to make media flow organically from the social.  My ambition is to lead, support and challenge non-profits, schools, community groups and other progressive actors to improve their understanding and use of media, all while having fun.”



Rami Katz (ramihkatz.com) is a Vancouver-based filmmaker whose work has screened internationally. He is a recent graduate from the MFA in Film Production program at the University of British Columbia, where he received the H. Norman Lidster Prize in Documentary Filmmaking. His latest documentary, The Issue of Mr. O’Dell, has been screened at film festivals such as Full Frame ’18 and DOXA ’18 and has won several awards to date. Rami is an RIDM Talent Lab alumni, and his films have screened at over two-dozen film festivals around the world.




Blackmagic Camera & Colour Correction Basics

Learn how to create beautiful videos with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and its colour correction software in this comprehensive introduction by cinematographer Devan Scott!

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2 sessions, 9 hours total // $115, or $85 with VIVO Extended Producer Membership (+GST)

Session 1: Sat Jan 26, 1pm-5:30pm
Session 2: Sun Jan 27, 1pm-5:30pm

One Extended Subsidy is available for this workshop:

This workshop covers The Blackmagic Cinema Camera, one of VIVO’s most extraordinary production tools, as well as its free colour correction software, Davinci Resolve. Shooting in uncompressed formats, this highly portable camera and its powerful software form a dynamic duo for independents looking to produce their best work! Learn how to use them through practical demonstrations and hands-on exercises, using footage you shoot and colour correct over two sessions.

Session 1, the 4k & 2.5k Blackmagic Cinema Cameras. Topics covered:

  • Camera theory, including ISO, f-stops and depth of field, white balance, dynamic range, shutter speeds, codecs, frame rates, and raw vs. compressed shooting
  • The camera’s extensive menu
  • Maximizing image quality
  • Using interchangeable lenses
  • Best practices & techniques for using the camera and performing simple camera movements


Session 2, Davinci Resolve colour correction software. Topics covered:

  • Workflow, including efficient file management, importing footage from other editing programs to DaVinci Resolve, and conforming timelines
  • Colour theory & IRE levels
  • Primary & secondary correction, including contrast, HSL keys, and power windows
  • Curve Editor
  • Motion tracking
  • RAW imaging theory & processing
  • How to read waveforms and scopes
  • Grading VS correction
  • Sizing
  • Matching footage of various quality, shot on multiple cameras
  • Styles – how to give your footage various “looks”


Participants may also bring their own footage, shot outside of class time, for the purpose of colour correcting exercises during the second session.



Devan Scott’s passion for visual storytelling inspired him to co-found Sad Hill Media, and has led to a portfolio of work as a director, cinematographer, and colourist that has been growing ever since. His work as a writer, director, cinematographer, and colourist has given him a comprehensive and reliable understanding of the creative decision-making involved throughout the production process. To see his portfolio, visit sadhillmedia.com




Podcasting: Finding the Story


Learn radio interviewing, reporting, and audio storytelling in this podcasting primer with producer-journalists Madeline Taylor & Alex de Boer of UBC radio CiTR 101.9 FM!

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3 sessions, 9 hours total // $210, or $160 with any VIVO Producer Membership (+GST)

Session 1: Tue Feb 5, 6pm – 9:30pm
Session 2: Tue Feb 12, 6pm – 9:30pm
Session 3: Tue Feb 19, 6pm – 9:30pm

One extended subsidy is available for this workshop:

Prerequisite: Participants need to have listened to podcasts, and have an idea of what style and structure they want to attempt for their imaged podcast. Some basic experience of editing audio or video is an asset.

All equipment will be provided, including headphones, though participants are welcome to bring their own preferred headphones and recording devices if they wish.

This workshop will enable you to start your own interview-based podcast series by introducing the fundamentals of writing, interviewing, listening, recording, and editing for radio story production. You’ll pair up with a partner to record. Then through hands on exercises, you’ll practice the skills you need to create your own podcast.

Topics covered:

  • Podcast styles and genre structures
  • Hosting and engaging an audience
  • Structuring your time with a listener
  • Writing for radio/podcasts
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Basic audio recording using a handheld recording device or smartphone
  • Basic editing with Audacity and narrative pacing

Don’t have an audio recorder to practice between this workshop’s sessions? Borrow one by emailing education@vivomediaarts right away!

Madeline Taylor is a radio/podcast producer from Vancouver, British Columbia, with credits at ABC, the BBC and various campus/community stations. She has worked in Campus/Community radio since 2013, is the current Programming Director at CiTR 101.9FM, and sits on the Board of Directors for the National Campus/Community Radio Association.





Alex de Boer is a journalist and nonfiction storyteller based in Vancouver. Alex is the Podcast Coordinator at CiTR 101.9FM where she heads the station’s Spoken Word Department. She is a reporter and producer on CiTR’s weekly news show, Democracy Watch and the Vancouver current affairs podcast, At-Large (formerly Seeking Office). Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History and a Master’s of Journalism from the University of British Columbia. She is the the 2017 winner of the Norman Lidster Prize in Documentary Filmmaking and received the award for “Best in News Programming” and an honourable mention for her audio documentary “Lhamo & the Princess,” at the 2018 NCRA Community Radio Awards.


Cinematography: Ways of Seeing

Ignite your own visual storytelling style with cinematographer Devan Scott!

This multi-day workshop will enable you to make better use of your camera and lighting gear to enrich your storytelling with a deepened understanding of the theory and practice of cinematography.

Back by high demand: please don’t wait to sign up!

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2 sessions, 12 hours total // $170, or $125 with any VIVO Producer Membership (+GST)

Session 1: Sat, Feb 23, 12pm-6pm
Session 2: Sun, Feb 24, 12pm-6pm

One extended subsidy for this workshop available:

Prerequisite: Participants must have basic knowledge of rudimentary camera operation, such as exposure and focus, though a very brief review will be provided. Participants seeking an introduction to rudimentary camera operation should consider taking VIVO’s Camera Lights Sound workshop.

Each session combines visual studies with hands-on studio experience. You’ll analyze specific styles, such as those used by Roger Deakins (BLADE RUNNER 2049), Gregg Toland (CITIZEN KANE), Gordon Willis (THE GODFATHER), Christopher Doyle (CHUNGKING EXPRESS), Subrata Mitra (PATHER PANCHALI), and others have developed over time, and how different cinematographers approach the question of how their movies will look.

You’ll examine visual idioms from different eras and genres of cinema history in group discussion; from the grit of ’70s New Hollywood to the naturalist lighting of the British documentary filmmakers to the slick modern masters, and participate in a series of exercises wherein you will get to experience first-hand how these styles of lighting and shooting are undertaken in a studio setting. Learn techniques such as frame composition, lighting, colour coordination, depth of focus, camera movement, and focal length selection.




Devan Scott’s passion for visual storytelling inspired him to co-found Sad Hill Media, and has led to a portfolio of work as a director, cinematographer, and colourist that has been growing ever since. His work as a writer, director, cinematographer, and colourist has given him a comprehensive and reliable understanding of the creative decision-making involved throughout the production process. To see his portfolio, visit sadhillmedia.com





Experimental Editing


Inspiring techniques to stoke your editing process, with editor Will Ross.

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3 sessions, 10.5 hours total // $130, or $96 with any VIVO Producer Membership (+GST)

Session 1: Wed Feb 27, 6pm-9:30pm
Session 2: Wed Mar 6, 6pm-9:30pm
Session 3: Wed Mar 13, 6pm-9:30pm


One Extended Subsidy available for this workshop:

Prerequisite: Basic experience with Adobe Premiere or other non-linear editing system.


Creative editing allows you to form stunning work with the barest of resources!

This workshop is designed for those who already have a general understanding of how to use Adobe Premiere, but would like to use it in more diverse creative ways.

This hands-on workshop will enable you to be more spontaneous in the editing room, generating experiments by implementing colour palette, saturation, image blending, contrast, rhythm, rapid cutting, graphic montage in novel and expressive ways.

You’ll be introduced to several examples of experimental editing and engage in group discussion about their effects and meanings.

After quickly conceptualizing and recording your own scene, you’ll cut your footage to test out various proposed theories and workflows, as well as your own editing ideas and improvisations.

By the end of this 3-day workshop, you’ll have shot and edited a short original work that demonstrates your editing experiments. Everyone’s scene will be shown in class for group discussion and reflection.


Will Ross (sadhillmedia.com) has been working in film and video since co-founding Sad Hill Media in 2009. His films have shown at the Vancouver International Film Festival, as well as TIFF, Moonrise, and Cinema Spectacular. Whether for his own projects or someone else’s, his work behind the camera and the keyboard is always focused on finding fresh, gripping new approaches to filmmaking. As well as on-set direction, Will participates in the screenwriting, shotlisting, editing, and sound design stages of the process. His collaborations are marked by responsive communication and craftsmanship that are tailored to the sensibilities of his clients and teams. In addition, he maintains a blog of critical work, and his reviews and video essays have been published by outlets such as Tiny Mix Tapes and MUBI Notebook.