Monday, August 3rd, 2015
On July 27, the BC provincial government proclaimed “Screen in BC Day” in support of the screen based entertainment industry in our province. With help from the BCCCA, our member institution, the Vancouver Film School, was included in the full day event that included the Honourable Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, Sam Sullivan, MLA for Vancouver-False Creek, and Jane Thornthwaite, MLA for North Vancouver-Seymour, as well as other select officials.
Following stops at North Shore Studios and Encore/Deluxe Post Production studio, the tour arrived to tour VFS’ Water Street campus. Led by President James Griffin, the group was shown around VFS’ campus which included classes on lighting, set design, animation and digital effects, as well as the facilities to teach classes on a number of other screen based entertainment skills.
The motion picture industry is an important economic driver in the province of BC. It supports more than 20,000 direct and indirect jobs and expenditures reached an estimated $2 billion in fiscal year 2014-15, an increase from the $1.45 billion in fiscal 2013-14. There are a number of reasons that the industry continues to grow in the province of BC, but one factor continuously mentioned by production companies is a large, well-trained and talented workforce. It’s these very people that draw companies like Sony Pictures Imageworks to our province.
The important job of training this workforce is what the Minister and her colleagues visited VFS to see. They were impressed by the world class facilities at VFS, and our CEO Kyle Marsh was on hand to explain that high-level training of that nature is done across the province at institutions like Lost Boys Studio, CG Masters School of 3D Animation and the Centre for Arts and Technology.
It was an exciting event for our association to be a part of and the BCCCA looks forward to being a part of future government events and announcements that touch on all of the various sectors and industries our membership train a skilled and educated workforce for.