Casting Workbook

BC continues to lead the way in innovation and entrepreneurship, the newest example of the provinces creative endeavors is Voice by Casting Workbook. The head office is located in the heart of Vancouver and the newly developed software is proudly British Columbian.

With so many changes in the voice-over industry, Casting Workbook, recognized that a new solution was needed. At the ready and with a solution, Casting Workbook is excited to announce the launch of Voice. By consulting with industry leaders, Casting Workbook has now created a publicly searchable voice database to provide immediate relief to production companies, creatives, ad agencies, voice agents and casting personnel.

Locally built software with a global reach.

Casting Workbook, is the second largest film, tv, and commercial breakdown service in North America. With over 19 million agent submissions they work mainly in the film and on-camera world, and with over 20 years of experience in casting submission software, with the launch of Voice, they continue to provide powerful solutions for the creative industries throughout the world.

Pandora’s Box Rehearsal Studios – Built By Musicians for Musicians

With 13 lockout studios designed and built in consultation with acoustic engineers for clear sound and fantastic soundproofing, Pandora’s Box Rehearsal Studios offers purpose built music rehearsal studios both at hourly and monthly rates.

Husband and wife team Paul and Colleen Alexander built the facility 5 years ago after identifying a need for more purpose built rehearsal spaces that are accessible to all. With an underlying objective to provide a space that allows musicians of all genres to connect and peacefully co-exist, Pandora’s Box Rehearsal studios offers rooms with limitless configurations for all kinds of events.

Looking for a space to record, shoot a video or have a performance? The flagship room, Studio 19, is the ideal jam space and fully equipped with a quality backline, a large stage with sound activated lights, and fits up to 65 people!. Reserve your space today!

The Ridge Studio  

The Ridge Studio located, as per name sake, in Maple Ridge BC is owned and operated by President and CEO, John Wittmayer. John started the studio in January 2015 after discussing the need for a strategically located, out-of-the-studio-zone building that would be suitable for lower budget TV movies with the building’s owner. Since 2015, the studio has hosted over 35 TV movies, several feature films, two TV series, and a number of Canadian indie films.

John is currently expanding The Ridge Studio to include a post-production facility that utilizes the building’s fiber optic system. The City of Maple Ridge and The Ridge Studio are collaborating to promote the tech sector of filmmaking as it relates to the digital domain. This collaboration will highlight an educational component that compliments the commercial side of the business, to include training in post-production and the digital arts.

In addition to The Ridge Studio, and after noticing that local BC filmmakers were under represented, John started the Maple Ridge Festival of B.C. Film. He recognized that if BC was to cultivate its own cultural identity successfully that Canada needed to build its own film industry and infrastructure that remained independent from Hollywood. The Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film is being held March 23 – 25, 2018.


Canadian Media Producers Association – BC Producers Branch

The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) is Canada’s leading trade association for independent producers, representing more than 350 companies engaged in the development, production and distribution of English-language television programs, feature films and digital media.

With an underlying goal of contributing to the continued success of Canada’s independent production sector, the CMPA established the BC Producers Branch to support the province’s local and regional issues, and to provide a means for dealing with national issues in BC.

The BC Producers Branch is a non-profit trade organization that works on behalf of over 90 British Columbia companies engaged in the production and distribution of television, feature film, and digital media content. As an integral part of the film and television industry, the BC Producers Branch promotes the general interests of its members municipally, provincially, federally, and internationally, negotiates and manages labour agreements with guilds and unions, and undertakes a variety of industry development initiatives to build the capacity of BC based companies.

Whistler Film Festival and Creative BC

Creative BC has been honored to support the following films being featured at the Whistler Film Festival from November 29th to December 3rd.

Whistler Film Festival: November 29 – December 3, 2017

Good Girls Don’t, DIR. Ana de Lara

A playful comedy about a Filipina-Canadian girl who defies her mother’s warning that she’ll turn into a boy if she plays sports (spoiler alert: she doesn’t). Using humour and magical realism, GOOD GIRLS DON’T explores gender inequality through the eyes of a young girl following her dreams.

Juggernaut, DIR. Daniel DiMarco

Some people are just born with explosively short tempers and violence coursing through their veins. Juggernaut (developed under the title Wrecking Ball) tells the suspenseful story of a small-town bad boy, Saxon Gamble (Jack Kesy) who returns to his hometown on the occasion of his mother’s death. He has been told that it was a suicide, but he’s not buying it. Something in his gut tells him that his brother, who stayed behind, is somehow responsible for his mother’s passing and has covered up his crime. True to his own violent nature, he slowly plots his revenge.

*Note: The above is a list of Creative BC supported films.

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Whistler Film Festival – Come Out and Support Made in BC Stories on Screen!

With Whistler Film Festival around the corner, make sure you support BC filmmakers and get your tickets to see these made in BC films!

Whistler Film Festival: November 29 – December 3, 2017

8 Minutes Ahead, DIR. Ben Hoskyn


Cypher, DIR. Lawrence Le Lam

Good Girls Don’t, DIR. Ana de Lara

Juggernaut, DIR. Daniel DiMarco


The Cannon, DIR. Marshall Axani


The Moment, DIR. Darcy Hennessey Turenne


The Prodigal Dad, DIR. Robert Wenzek



Sherpas Cinema – Imagination: Tribute to JP Auclair

With a mission to amplify the voice of nature and to encourage individuals to go outdoors, Sherpas Cinema, a boutique full service production house in Whistler, is pushing boundaries with its cutting-edge filmmaking techniques. Sherpas Cinema’s films are known for their intimate character development and thrilling mountain experiences, all of which can be seen in their latest short film, Imagination.

Recently shot in Nelson, Imagination, starring Tom Wallisch and Sequoia Colbeck, is dedicated to the late Canadian ski icon, JP Auclair who tragically died in an avalanche in 2014 while shooting footage for a film project in the remote mountains of Chile. Auclair was named one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year for 2014 and dubbed by ski magazines everywhere as the sport’s “renaissance man”. Sherpas Cinema director Dave Mossop, the visionary behind JP Auclair’s street skiing film, All.I.Can., came together with his crew for Imagination, to pay tribute to the legend that revolutionized skiing forever.

Image Engine – World Class Visual Effects & Animation

Based in Vancouver, Image Engine is a world-class visual effects studio with a portfolio that reflects involvement from the very first stages of production including concept design, pre-visualization, and supervision, all the way to post-production with services that range from computer-generated animation and compositing, to explosive volumetric digital effects.

Getting its start in the industry as the offspring of the early digital video post-production environment of the mid-1990’s, Image Engine has established itself as a leader in creature design and animation. Best known for its Academy Award Nominated work on Neill Blomkamp’s District 9, Image Engine has managed the entire visual effects services of numerous notable films, including Straight Outta ComptonZero Dark Thirty and Elysium.

As Vancouver’s longest standing independent visual effects company, Image Engine continues to be a driving force in the local visual effects community while growing its capacity for other creative output such as complex digital environment work.

The Young Actors Project – Inspiring People Through Stories

Prior to founding The Young Actors Project, Robert Randall worked in the film and television industry for 15 years, primarily in the role of First Assistant Director. Robert’s unwavering passion for screenwriting and filmmaking lead him to establish The Young Actors Project, which initially started by providing acting workshops for young artists. These workshops were used to produce short movies featuring student actors, which eventually over the years, gained recognition from fans around the world.

With time, The Young Actors Project propelled beyond just an acting school and

has achieved enormous success on YouTube as a platform to share independent ultra-low budget film projects. With a mission to hit 1 million YouTube subscribers by the summer of 2018, The Young Actors Project shares stories that have touched the lives of young people and inspired them to show courage.

The Young Actors Project also provides drama workshops to B.C. students in elementary and middle schools, exposing the art of acting to approximately 30,000 kids each year.

Check out two of The Young Actors Project’s most recent films that are part of a series based on fairy tales and set in a contemporary high school.

The Girl Without a Phone – A Cinderella Story

The Girl Without a Phone 2 – A Frog Princess Story

Dan Burgar- Archiact

A man of many talents with a knack for wearing two hats.

Dan Burgar Business Director of Development and Partnership at Archiact and the President of the VR/AR Association put on his first VR headset in 2015 and was awestruck. It was as simple cooking and cleaning game, but he was hooked and believed that this technology was going to change the world.

And he was right!

A tight-knit group of artists, designers, and engineers, Archiact is currently leading the world in the way of VR/AR and is one of the largest VR/AR studios with over 90+ employees. When Archiact was first founded in 2013, they specialized in developing mobile virtual reality games. Today, they are one of the world’s largest virtual reality studios – providing excellence in virtual reality entertainment enterprise and practical VR/AR applications, products and games across several platforms.

Recognizing that Dan as the Business Director at Archiact had incredible potential he was approached by the VR/AR association and started the Vancouver chapter. After 1 year at the helm, Vancouver is one of the top VR/AR destinations. 

As Vancouver is turning into a global hub, Archiact remains extremely well positioned within the industry to continue to grow and lead the world in various new program developments. Moving into the future Archiact continues to be committed to virtual and augmented reality being a central part of every home, business, and organization in the world. Soon to be released is Schema– a design VR application that is useful to design architects working right now in the industry. Check it out!