Our second-year students have spent some time developing a short 30-second promotional video for the Television & Video Production Program.
It’s hard to get a sense of how challenging and exciting our program is, but they took a good shot at it!
It’s February, which means our first-year Television & Video Production students are in the midst of commercial productions!
The projects begin at this time in the spring every year and are designed to take the foundation skills that students learn in courses teaching planning productions, camera, lighting, editing and writing, and apply them in team projects.
The first set of commercials that the student production companies are working on this term:
- BC Transplant Society
- Commercial Drive Midwives
- Nike 6.0 Shoes
- Press Start Video Games
- Muscular Sclerosis Society Canada
- Frank’s Red Hot
- What8ver Cafe
- BCIT SIFE
This semester our first-year students will be producing 16 thirty-second commercial spots over the next couple of months (2 per week). The goal is to train students in the entire production process, from pitching an idea, right through to production and post. This isn’t all about just running out the door with a camera and shooting, but about the planning, logistics that need to go into making a production happen.
By strange coincidence, the first two commercials this year are alcohol-related!
For a bit of background, each student production company (usually group of 5) is required to produce two 30-second commercials this term, and we stipulate that at least one of them must be a real client (to give the project a bit more of a reality-check).
First up was a project for Heineken Beer which illustrates the old saying about, boy meets girl, boy chooses the wrong beer, other boy who chooses the “right” beer gets the girl.
Second up, was a spot for Industry Bar & Grill in Richmond selling on the idea that no matter what might happen by accident, it’s all good for this bar’s patrons!
Zut Alors, one of our second-year production companies has just won two awards from the Broadcast Educators Association of Canada!
“Complicity” won for best Drama.
Written and Directed by Dylan Adkins, Produced by Lauren Weidel, Edited by Justin Li, Director of Photography – Jordan Lee, Assistant Director – Courtney Dunsmoor-Farley, Audio Supervisor – Denis Falardeau.
- Initial impression- STYLISH!
- Great sequences with good composition
- Superior use of music to create tension
- Excellent editing, music transitions/fx and timing
- Lighting was very good
- While the story was slightly campy and silly, it still grabs your attention, keeps you involved and is well constructed.
And their mockumentary, “Shadow Hands” won for Best Comedy!
Written by Denis Falardeau and Dylan Adkins, Produced by Courtney Dunsmoor-Farley, Directed by Denis Falardeau, Edited by Justin Li, Director of Photography: Jordan Lee, Assistant Director: Lauren Weidel, Audio Supervisor: Dylan Adkins.
- Great delivery- were they professional actors?
- Excellent! Drew me in after the slow beginning
- Professional Actors? Well crafted and good storytelling
- Very well done, truly enjoyed it!
One of our second-year production companies, Zut Alors, has uploaded two major projects for the year on Vimeo. Check out the links below!
It’s worth noting that their second production, Complicity, was shot in HD on the Canon 7D, our first production to use a digital SLR for a major project. Very cool!