Upcoming Cineworks Workshop: Producing

November 2, 2012 § Leave a comment


As the only art form that really blends business and creativity, making a film takes a lot more than just picking up a camera and plugging in a microphone.  Often the most baffling questions a filmmaker faces have more to do with how to raise funds and how to handle the ensuing tax situations than anything you’ll encounter on set. This two-hour workshop with accountant Debbi Jo Mattias aims to answer as many of the questions you already have and the ones you haven’t come up with yet.  Topics covered will include:

1.       Accounting for businesses
2.       Common business deductions
3.       GST/HST issues
4.       Review of income tax for self-employed individuals
5.       Incorporation issues
6.       Review of income tax for corporations
7.       Review of financial statements for corporations
8.       Companies for film producers
9.       Production companies
10.   Tax credit programs
11.   Eligibility tests
12.   Process for getting your tax credits
13.   Financing
14.   Budgeting
15.   Estimating tax credits
16.   Issues that impact tax credits
a.       Multi-owned companies
b.      Assistance (crowdfunding, producer loans)
c.       BC residency
d.      Producer fee and corporate overhead thresholds
e.      Foreign producers

Abput the instructor:

Debbi-Jo Matias is a proactive Chartered Accountant. She works closely with clients in the film and television industry, from producers to actors, to address their personal and corporate tax accounting needs. She provides audit and review engagements, tax returns, tax credit advisory services and claims, and acts as a liaison with CRA auditors, BC Film, CAVCO and other regulatory organizations. She has presented on tax credits and film accounting matters on behalf of the Canadian Production Media Association – BC Producers’ Branch, and to entertainment lawyers and film students.  Debbi-Jo is a member of Women in Film and TV Vancouver.  Before starting her own practice, Debbi-Jo developed her expertise through a career which began in Vancouver and carried her to New York, Toronto and back to Vancouver working for international and regional accounting firms with clients in music, film and television and owner-managed businesses.

November 21 7-9pm

Cineworks members $25  non-members  $40  Please call 604 685 3841 to book, space is limited


Upcoming Cineworks Workshop: Post Production

November 2, 2012 § Leave a comment


For a long time Final Cut Pro 7 was at the top of the heap for many professional and indie filmmakers when it came to cutting together their shows, but with Apple’s decision earlier this year to stop supporting FCP7 in favor of FCPX disappointing and alienating many long time supporters, what’s an editor to do?  If it’s time to learn a new piece of software do you go Avid Media Composer 6, FCPX or Premiere CS6?  What are the pros and cons of each system and is one better suited for certain kinds of work than the others?  Join Apple Certified Pro, Cooper for a workshop comparison  of all of these systems and go under the hood of FCPX with someone who’s actually knows the nuts and bolts!  Bring your questions, fears and war stories and we’ll see if we can settle once and for all who is king of the NLEs.


Cooper is an eminently qualified and highly experienced television and movie editor and colorist. With industry experience that ranges from; offline editor to online editor to colorist, post-production supervisor, editing supervisor and work-flow consultant. He’s earned credits from full length feature films, several shorts as well as television, documentary and news programs.

Cooper has significant experience teaching the technical aspect of editing and is known by the nick-name “Final Cut Coach”. He’s an accomplished post-production educator, deeply versed in all aspects of production and post-production. Including; editing, color correction, sound design, visual effects and compositing in; FCP-7, FCP-X, Motion 4, Color, SoundtrackPro, Compressor, After Effects and Avid Media Composer 6. If you’ve got questions about the tools professionals use to create the media of today, The Coach will find you the answer.

November 15 7-9 pm

$25 for members, $40 for non-members  Please register at 604 685 3841

Monthly Film and Media Showcase

November 2, 2012 § Leave a comment


Our Monthly Film and Media Showcase allows for feedback and thoughtful dialogue between film artists and audiences. Presenters range from documentary filmmakers, photographers, to visual artists working through the moving image.

The format is simple: 3 artists, ten minutes each, dialogue in between.

Bring a friend and have a drink; network and share your vision, ideas and projects.

Members on Show for November:

Jason Karman

Ariel Kirk-Gushowaty.

John A. Woods

When: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Where: The Annex, 235 Alexander street

Please note seating is limited. First come seating only.

Next Raindance Booze & Schmooze: November 5th

November 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

Don’t miss this great opportunity to meet your fellow filmmakers in the city over a frosty beverage in the inviting confines of The Railway Club.  Co-hosting with our friends at Raindance Canada,this first-Monday-of-the-month get-together is quickly becoming a networking hub and a great place to debate the intricacies of film or find a some talented folks to collaborate with on your next production.  We usually meet at around 7pm in the back room, and all B&Sers enjoy 10% off food and drink. Next meeting is November 5th.  Look forward to seeing you out there!

Witness to a Lost Generation: An evening with Sarah Schulman

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Sarah Schulman’s latest non-fiction book, The Gentrification of the Mind (University of California Press, 2012) examines the intersection of the American AIDS crisis and urban development. She was the first person in America to write on AIDS and the homeless (The Nation and The Village Voice). Twenty five years later on April 25, 2012, Occupy Wall Street teamed up with ACTUP along with supporters from Housing Works, Health GAP, National Nurses United, OWS Healthcare for the 99% Working Group, Visual AIDS, MIX NYC, Le Petit Versailles, Queerocracy, Queering OWS and other groups who converged for a daylong siege in Lower Manhattan. Schulman also recently co-produced United in Anger: A History of ACT UP (dir. Jim Hubbard, 2012), the new feature length documentary about the birth and life of the AIDS activist movement from the perspective of the people at the height of the epidemic. As an extension Schulman and Hubbard’s collaborative ACT UP Oral History Project, the documentary weaves between oral histories of members of ACT UP, as well as rare archival footage, depicting the lives lived and lost as ACT UP targeted corporate greed, social indifference, and government neglect.

Sarah Schulman (b. 1958) is a prolific American writer, historian, and activist. She is the co-founder of ACTUP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power) and MIX NYC. Currently, she is Professor of English at The City University of New York, College of Staten Island, a Fellow at The New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU, and on the Advisory Collective of the Human Rights and Social Movements Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School.

Co-presented by Cineworks, Arsenal Pulp Press, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement, Western Front

Saturday, November 3, 2012. 8 p.m. (doors at 7:30pm) Free

Grand Luxe Hall, Western Front, 303 8 East Avenue

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