Filmmaker Workshop & Panel series

FILMMAKER WORKSHOP & PANEL SERIES May 3-5/2019 to include 4 time Oscar nominee, Emmy award winner, and Writer’s Guild award winner…

Northern BC’s blockbuster entertainment expo Northern FanCon returns to Prince George BC for it’s 5th anniversary with an offering of particular note for filmmakers called the Creative Corner.

The Creative Corner workshop and panel series is an ongoing industry development component of Northern FanCon focused on filmmaking and digital content creation. It was developed based on a career fair model, featuring a selection of guest speakers who are film industry professionals including screen writers, directors, producers, sound engineers, and costume designers in order to give the broadest possible exposure to the many career opportunities that exist within the film industry.  Attendees are able to freely ask questions of these professionals at dedicated booths, in addition to attending scheduled workshops and/or panels highlighting a topic specific to their field. All panels are free with the price of any single or three day pass to the convention.


This year’s Filmmaker Workshop & Panel series guests are:

Matthew Wood (4 time Oscar nominee, Emmy nominee)

Sound Editor – Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens,  Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Trek: Into Darkness
Voice actor – Star Wars: Resistance, Star Wars: Rebels
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  • Panel: Sound Editing in a Galaxy Far Far Away (1:00pm Sunday May 3rd) – 4 time Oscar nominated Sound Editor Matthew Wood is interviewed about the characters he has voiced & the effects he helped create on the latest Star Wars movies & video games

Michael Uslan (Emmy award Winner, co-owner of the film rights to Batman)

Executive producer – Batman (1989),  Justice League, The Lego Movie, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises
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  • Screening: Batman (1989) with introduction by Michael Uslan (9:00pm Fri May 3rd)
  • Panel: Comic Books & Mythology (4:45pm Saturday May 4th)
  • Panel: The History and making of “Batman: (1:00pm Sunday May 5th) – In 1979, Michael Uslan secured the filming rights to the DC Comic book character Batman. Join Michael as he explains the process behind the development and production of the blockbuster 1989 movie “Batman”.

Rachel Talalay: (Leo award winner)

Director – Doctor Who, Flash, Supernatural, Riverdale, Sherlock, Tank Girl

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  • Workshop: On Genre Directing (5:30pm Friday May 3rd) – Join groundbreaking director Rachel Talalay as she delves into the process she has refined through the years in television and film
  • Panel: Women in Film (2:30pm Saturday May 4th)

Skye Borgman

Director, Cinematographer, Producer – Abducted in Plain Sight (Official selection of the Sundance film festival, currently trending on Netflix)
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  • Workshop: Directing & Producing with Skye Borgman: From Indie to Netflix: The 20 year path to overnight success (2:00pm Sunday May 5thSkye Borgman’s film “Abducted in Plain Sight” has audiences reeling. Join Skye as she shares the long and winding journey to the success she knows today and the lessons she has learned along the way.
  • Panel: Women in Film (2:30pm Saturday May 4th)

Marc Bernardin (Writer’s Guild Award winner)
Screenwriter – Castle Rock, Treadstone, Alphas Click here for IMDB

  • Workshop: Screenwriting Television Pilots (1:45pm Saturday May 4th) – Writer’s Guild award winner Marc Bernardin is on hand to share framework and insights on writing a script that will have viewers hooked from the first scene.

Sara Shaak

Producer – Doorman, Cold Brook, Adventure Club
former film commissioner of Prince George
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  • Workshop: The Business of Producing Films (11:30am Saturday May 4th) – As a former film commissioner herself, Sara has a unique perspective on the business of producing films. Join Sara as she takes us through what it takes to complete a film on budget and make the sale to a distributor.
  • Panel: Women in Film (2:30pm Saturday May 4th)
  • Panel: Prince George in the Film Industry (4:30 pm Friday May 3rd)

Shayne Putzlocher (Director’s Guild of Canada award winner)

Producer – A.R.C.H.I.E., Cold Brook, Space Milkshake
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  • Panel: Producing Your First Film from Start to Finish (11:00am Sunday May 5th– Don’t know where to start or feel like you are missing steps on your film production? Producer Shayne Putzlocher is interviewed about all the steps of making a film – from grants to crew to the daily production. This is a do not miss for emerging filmmakers!

Jenn Lewis: Sound designer – The Doctor’s Case, Need for Speed videogame series, James Bond 007 videogame series, Warhammer videogame series. Former Vancouver Film School instructor

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  • Workshop: Feeling Sound (8:15pm Friday May 3rd– A live demonstration on the Emotion of Sound.
  • Panel: Women in Film (2:30pm Saturday May 4th)

Aaron Harrison: Prop builder/Costume designer – Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Stargate


  • Workshop: Building Heroes and Villians and everything in-between, building for film and TV (2:45pm Saturday May 4thAaron Harrison has been building armor, costume pieces and gear for film and TV for 3 decades. In this workshop, he will show how these creations are built to function , survive stunts and make some of your favorite characters come to life from concept to screen. With 7 seasons of working with the CW Arrow-verse there is sure to be stories to tell.

Bev Vincent: Author – The Dark Tower Companion, The Road to the Dark Tower, The Illustrated Stephen King Companion

  • Panel: Writing with Bev Vincent: From Halifax to Stephen King’s Gotham Cafe to the Dark Tower and Beyond (10:30am Saturday May 4thAuthor Bev Vincent regales his story of going from Dollar Baby to close Stephen King collaborator. A must attend for emerging authors!
Madison Smith: Actor – Narcoleap, Salvation, Aftermath, When Calls the Heart
  • Workshop: Acting with Madison Smith (10:00am Sunday May 5th) Leo award nominated actor Madison Smith covers everything from the audition process to securing an agent to being your best on set in this must attend workshop for aspiring actors. 

Women in Film panel  (2:30pm CN Centre mainstage) Moderator Joelene Olson (UNBC student) leads a discussion on Women in Film today with Rachel Talalay, Skye Borgman, Sara Shaak, Jenn Lewis and Becca Scott

Brook West: On Set Props Assistant – DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,


  • Workshop: On Set with Brook West: So you want to work in film? A guide to being a good day call (3:45 pm Saturday May 4thLearn the basics from how to read a call sheet, find out which film category you should join, how to join a film union as well as general set etiquette, ethics and film terms. A guide to being a good day call will help you find your placement in your next career and keep you getting those call backs.

The Creative Corner Filmmaker & Workshop series is supported by Northern BC Tourism
For information, call 250 640-6670 or email