SUNDAY July 7th
PARTICIPANTS: Only 16 Seats available!
FOR: 19+
FEES: $495 (GST included). Prior payment is required to reserve a seat.
WHERE: Suite 216, 1118 Homer Street, Vancouver. Safety protocols in place.
Ample parking on Richards between Helmcken and Davie.
$1/hour with a 3 hour maximum

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CANCELLATION POLICY: Participants will not be able to cancel for this workshop. Seats can be transferred to friends and we will do everything we can to find a replacement as there is usually a wait-list for these workshops.
* ActorVan Studios may need to change coaches at the last minute if coaches are sick or on set.

Step on to a live film set with an exclusive opportunity to hone your craft alongside veteran TV/FILM Director Jason Bourque. What’s more, you’ll walk away with a professionally shot scene to add to your demo reel.


Jason BourqueJason Bourque

A self-proclaimed 80s film nerd, award-winning international filmmaker Jason Bourque has written, directed and produced a wide variety of features, television movies, series and documentaries. In 2007 Jason co-wrote and co-directed the theatrical documentary “Shadow Company” narrated by Gerard Butler. A ground-breaking look into the global soldier of fortune industry, the festival hit (SXSW, Hot Docs) was reviewed favorably in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Variety and has been used as a teaching tool for the US Senate. Jason co-directed “Darwin’s Brave New World” for CBC and ABC, an award-winning docu-drama series shot in five countries. “Music for Mandela”, his last feature documentary, (writer/ director) won the People’s Choice Award at the Amnesty International Film Festival.

A prolific genre screenwriter in Canada, Jason has written over 30 produced scripts for series, features, mini-series and MOWs and has several high-profile writing projects slated for 2023. As a script doctor and ghost writer, he has worked on theatrical films including for famed Marvel producer Avi Arad. His work has aired on Netflix, Disney XD, SyFy, NBC UK and Lifetime. Recent writing credits include “The Fixer, a mini-series for Sonar Entertainment and episodes for the new high-octane thriller series “Insomnia” available on Amazon Prime.

Working as a dramatic director continues to be Jason’s passion. While developing his own feature work, he has directed multiple MOWs for Lifetime, SyFy, Hallmark and Netflix with a focus on the thriller, sci-fi and rom com genres. Recent credits include 2 episodes for Hallmark’s series “The Chronicle Mysteries”, Hallmark’s “A Christmas Tree Grows In Colorado” (Voted one of Vanity Fair’s top Christmas movies of 2020), My Christmas Family Tree (top Hallmark movie of 2021) and the Lifetime movie “Hotwired in Suburbia”. His true-crime horror “Black Fly” received a nomination for Best Canadian Film as well as 10 Leo Award nominations. It won for Best Male Lead Actor. Selected accolades include Best Feature at the Arizona Underground Film Festival and the UBCP Award for Best Newcomer. Jason’s latest award-winning theatrical thriller “Drone”, starring Emmy-award winner Sean Bean, has been an indie success story. Drone” was the #1 indie and #2 thriller on iTunes after a theatrical release in the US. Recently Jason directed two episodes of “Medinah”, the world’s first Arabic / English science fiction series shot in Qatar. It was introduced at Comic-Con International, making the Rolling Stones’ “Top 25 Things to See List”.

As a producer, feature releases include the romantic comedy “The Right One” distributed by Lionsgate and the LGBTQ family drama “When Time Got Louder” starring Willow Shields of the Hunger Games series. Recently, Jason served as executive producer on “Mercy” for Paramount + starring Jon Voight and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1028302/

Jimmy WuJimmy Wu

Jimmy started as a production assistant in the film industry at the age of 14. With strong management, logistic and creative skills, Jimmy climbed up the ranks and became one of the youngest department heads in the movie world to spearhead a TV-Movie as the cinematographer, at the age of 25. He has also garnered several awards as a producer for his narrative work.

Jimmy has worked with major US TV networks with works published on People Magazine, Dateline Hollywood, Lifetime Channel, UPTV, Dove channel, Telus just to name a few. With a variety of production experience from managing 100+ people crews to working with Hollywood celebrities, Jimmy prides himself to be one of the best at what he does and is constantly striving to push his work to the limit and to connect with experts in their field.

Jimmy is also a martial arts fan-tic and Practitioner since the age of 16.

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8924943/

Petar Gatsby Petar Gatsby

Originally from sunny Croatia, Petar grew up and started training the craft in Germany. He lived and worked in Sydney, Australia, Auckland, New Zealand before permanently relocating to Vancouver, BC. Over the years, he’s worked as an Actor, Stunt Actor, Stage Actor, TV Presenter, Drama Teacher, Audition Coach, Stage Manager and Director/Producer. Finding his niche in the busy Vancouver Film and Television Industry early on, he quickly started booking roles and is working tirelessly to expand his range as an actor.

Some of his favourite credits include ARROW (CW Network), THE DETOUR (TBS), PROJECT BLUE BOOK (History Channel), TURNER & HOOCH (Disney +) and THE DAY WE LEFT (Edmonton International Film Festival).

Most recently Petar spent 2 weeks in Osoyoos, B.C. shooting for a Recurring Role on a new TV Series.

In his spare time he likes to take cold plunges and float in dark, salty isolation tanks to enhance his creativity.

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6723394/


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Day 1 – Studio Scene Coaching:
Join us on Saturday for an intensive in-studio session led by Petar Gatsby. In a dynamic group/class setting, you’ll refine your scene work and perfect your craft, preparing for the excitement ahead.

Day 2 – On-Set Experience:
It’s your time to shine! On Sunday, you will step onto a real film set in the heart of Gastown. Our picturesque two-story loft apartment sets the stage for your moment in the spotlight. You’ll be called to hair and makeup, followed by on-set blocking, rehearsing, and ultimately filming your scene under the expert guidance of Jason Bourque himself.

Professional Production Quality:
With MOW DOP Jimmy Wu capturing every moment on the cutting-edge RED Gemini camera, your performance will be captured with TV movie quality, professional-grade lighting and top-notch sound recording.

Post Production:
Within approximately 10 days post workshop, you’ll receive your professionally edited demo scene.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to work with director Jason Bourque! Reserve your spot today and walk away with quality demo footage.

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