Top independent film director offers workshops in Victoria

Carl Bessai to work one-on-one with Victoria filmmakers Jan. 25 - 26

Film director Carl Bessai visits Victoria for two days of workshops at CineVic: Society of Independent Filmmakers.

In the weeks before the city goes movie mad for the Victoria Film Festival, CineVic is offering an opportunity for local aspiring film artists to polish their directing skills with two days of workshops with an independent filmmaking great.

The society of independent filmmakers hosts director Carl Bessai  – Lola (2001), Emile, with Sir Ian McKellen in 2003, and No Clue 2013’s film-noir comedy starring Brent Butt and Amy Smart , among a long list of films which have screened at top festivals around the globe – for intensive workshops Jan. 25 and 26.

In Directing Actors on Jan. 25, Bessai focuses on the principals of improv and rehearsal. Sunday’s Directing for the Camera session will explore the physical execution of scenes on camera with emphasis on blocking and scene coverage motivated by scripted material. Each day runs from 10am to 6pm at CineVic, 1931 Lee and comes with a cost of $165/$295 for the general public.

Bessai is based in Vancouver and Los Angeles and has directed 14 feature films to date, all of which of have garnered numerous national and international awards.

Contact 250-389-1590 or office@cinevic.ca to register.

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