The Writing for Film
& Television program grants students the skills they need to become professional storytellers working in the industry. There are dozens of ways for graduates to launch their writing careers, from making short films to working for production companies, winning contests, working in development, interning on a TV show or film, or striking a new path in digital media.
Terri Tatchell co-wrote the acclaimed sci-fi hit, District 9.
Adam Zang's feature script Cole was produced by Titlecard Pictures and Rampart Films, and premiered at 2009's Toronto International Film Festival.
Kim Small's feature Within was produced by H3O Films in 2005 and premiered at Cannes.
Sean Minogue's script Son of No Man was a top-5 finalist in the Austin Screenplay Competition.
Seth Lochhead's feature script Hanna earned him a place with management company Circle of Confusion. His script was then the subject of a bidding war, and was eventually optioned by Focus Features (Brokeback Mountain).
Rachel Dunnet received a Praxis Fellowship for her feature script The Goalie of Poplar Hill.
Sabina Ansari's feature script The Colours of Concrete won a coveted Praxis Screenwriting Fellowship. Another feature script, Shame, was optioned and is currently in development.
Binky Mendez's feature script Guru Hop is in development with producer Kimberley Wakefield (Mount Pleasant), with funding through Movie Central. Fellow graduate John Sullivan was recently hired on as co-writer.
Claire Wilson's feature script Another Woman, written while a student at VFS, earned her a talent agent in her native UK.
Andrew Kemp's feature script Secondhand placed in the top 10% at the Austin Heart of Film screenplay contest.
Nikisha Moise's feature Origami Angelfish was a second-round finalist in the Austin Screenplay Competition.
Ita Margalit currently writes and directs on the sketch comedy TV series she co-created, Off-Centre Television (OCTV). Ita has also received development funding and awards for various short and feature scripts.
Tihemme Gagnon has 2 original TV series in development with APTN and one with VisionTV.
Helen Metella wrote the one-hour TV documentary Homefront about Canadian families who have loved ones serving in Afghanistan. The doc premiered on Global TV.
Brad McQuarrie's original series pilot Hard Boiled made it to the 2nd round in the Slamdance TV! competition, and his Arrested Development spec made it into the second round in the Austin Film Festival Heart of Film Screenplay Competition.
Sean Minogue has sold animation TV episode pitches to Studio B Productions.
Jacqueline Forster has made headway pitching her hour-long TV drama Sequins to producers.
Claire Duffy received plenty of attention pitching her reality-TV spoof Orion Road Revealed.
Nikisha Moise's original TV pilot Eclipse of Julian was a semi-finalist in the Scriptapalooza TV Competition.
Grave Consequences, written by Christopher (Topher) Emberly and directed by Film Production student Tiffany Munro received a "Special Jury Recognition Prize" at the L.A. International Short Film Festival.
Candemonium, a short documentary by Scott Dodds and Andrew Kemp, premiered at DOXA.
Andrew Menzies' short Forked was a festival darling.
Angelo Eidse's film Flickering Blue screened at the Director's Guild of America in L.A. and earned him an adaptation gig.
Jason Woodford screened his short The Wrong Bus at the Okanagan Film Festival and now helps run a film collective.
Jason Young's short How to Disappear Completely screened at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.
Nikisha Moise (writer) and Tihemme Gagnon (producer), both Writing grads, won a spot in the coveted Crazy 8's filmmaking contest, which saw their short film Sandcastle produced. The film screened at the Montreal Worldwide Film Festival.
Andrew Kemp recently shot his short zombie film, scripted while a student in the Writing program. The film is premiering in Chattanooga.
Ryan Wagner was hired to intern on the kids' TV series Zixx: Level Three.
Megan McLachlan had her internship at The Shopping Bags secured before graduation. Shortly after, fellow grad Tanya Kabir joined her.
Marilyn Thomas was hired on as intern on the critically-acclaimed DaVinci's Inquest.
Peter Kennedy was hired as a development intern at Brightlight Pictures (White Noise).
Working in Development
David Luce works in L.A. as Manager of Documentary and Lifestyle Acquisitions for Fremantle Media.
Michele McMahon worked her way from Development Assistant to Director of Development at Omni Film (Alice, I Think; Robson Arms).
Helen Metella has worked as story editor on the hit reality series Taking it Off.
Julie Puckrin worked in development at Rainmaker Animation and was previously a writer/story producer on CBC's reality hockey series Making the Cut.
Scott Dodds was hired as a transcriber on the reality-TV series The Two Coreys starring Corey Haim and Corey Feldman.
& Alternative Forms of Writing
Jeff Campbell won the Zeros to Heroes Reboot competition. His new take on the Reboot franchise is currently being developed into a comic book.
Scott Lew won a Zeroes to Heroes comic writing contest; his comic Lotus is currently in production. Scott and fellow grad Jeff Campbell write interactive media for the local agency Riptown Media.
John Almeida's first novel was published in his native Portugal in 2006.
Matt Toner brings his love of storytelling to the video game world.
Daniel Champion writes reviews of movie scores.
Omar Mouallem writes for various publications including Vue Weekly, Canadian Arab News, and The Nerve.