SURREY — We love movies. The romance with the Hollywood film industry does indeed have a place in our passions, especially as we have become known as Hollywood North. Making films locally is still an important industry for our economy, and many people keep seeking quality training to get their foot in the door, so to speak. Where do you start, and what facet of filmmaking most interests you? Well, hello Media 2013 Career Expo.
Career Expo is the annual event that brings B.C.'s industry heavy-hitters together under one roof to celebrate the excitement of community, and to showcase the many viable career options available to emerging talent. There are, for sure, some challenging issues faced by the industry, but there are still opportunities in the motion picture and new media sectors in B.C. This BC Motion Picture Career Expo offers students and industry newcomers a rare point of access to the people, organizations and companies that make the Motion Picture and New Media Industry tick. The event is designed to help provide the necessary tools to help you launch your career or make that transition to another area of the industry you've been considering.
The career expo will take place in Vancouver at The Roundhouse (Davie at Pacific) on Tuesday, Oct. 29. To see which industry organizations will be present, visit www.career-expo.ca. Interested in making movies? At least check out the website, and - action! Meanwhile, Surrey Little Theatre presents its sixth annual 50-hour Film Challenge, a weekend event. SLT invites all budding filmmakers to write, shoot and edit a fiveminute film for a chance to win $500. Yes,
Surrey Little Theatre is all about live theatre productions, but why not have a little movie magic as well? This is a fabulous challenge for all aspiring filmmakers. The Challenge begins Friday, Nov. 8 at Surrey Little Theatre, starting at 6 p.m. Registered teams - yes, you have to enter the challenge, not just show up, so plan ahead - will receive a randomly selected "inspiration package." This usually consists of a prop, a location and a phrase you have to incorporate into your movie. By the deadline on Nov. 10, the finished five-minute film must be delivered to SLT. On Friday, Nov. 15, the gala filmmakers reception will present all the films entered, and prizes will be awarded.
All you need to do is get a crew, and register by Nov. 4. Registration fee is $100, or only $75 if you register by this Friday, Oct. 25. Yes, there is a cost - making movies is not free. But what fun! Registration forms and rules available at surreylittletheatre.com.
This is an all-ages contest. Past filmmakers include teams with participants as young as 12 years of age, teams from local high schools and film schools and even a brave team of thespians (stage actors) who learned the filmmaking process on the fly - and all these films amazed the judges and were in the running for the top prize! And while movies are definitely magically manufactured by our neato technology nowadays, there is still the "old-fashioned" method of entertainment. The Vaudevillians are a seniors entertainment troupe dedicated to preserving and presenting vaudeville. Now, that is definitely an old-fashioned form of entertainment.
On Saturday, Nov. 9. The Vaudevillians have two shows (first at 2 p.m. and then at 7:30) at Surrey Arts Centre. This will be the 10th year the Vaudevillians have appeared at the arts centre in support of a bursary for Douglas College Performing Arts students. To date, they have raised close to $100,000, which is invested in a perpetual fund with the Vancouver Foundation. During this time, they have supported 17 deserving students.
This year's show will bring back some of the most popular numbers from past years, along with new numbers, all done in outstanding costumes. So "get your skates on," to use an old-fashioned phrase, and get your tickets ($20) now. Phone the Surrey Arts Centre at 604-501-5566. Neato.
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