New workshop for filmmakers

Dan Pereda and Jason Fisher are leading a free two-day event this month

Dan Pereda

Local filmmakers Dan Pereda and Jason Fisher are leading a two-day workshop in Hope, demonstrating methods for digital filming in the outdoors.

On the first day, filming techniques will include the use of drones, dollies, and various bits of affordable home-made hardware. The mountains and rivers around Hope will provide an outdoor classroom.  The second day will be spent indoors, learning how to use editing software to put images, music and sound together. Participants can choose to attend one or both days.

Hope Mountain Centre is hosting the event, and program director Kelly Pearce points out that people have unprecedented access to digital cameras and editing software these days, which puts the art of filmmaking into the hands of everyone. With the help of the Internet, films can reach a massive audience at little cost, he added.

Pearce is inspired by the growing community of filmmakers he sees in Hope.

“Not only do we have award-winning professionals like Eva Wunderman, but there are many ‘guerilla filmmakers’ who have started documenting their outdoor adventures,” he said.

Pearce is also encouraged by the growing popularity of outdoor films here. The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF) sells out every year at the Hope Cinema, and the annual Vagabond Filmshow (led by Pereda and Justin Brown) has become a huge hit.

“Hope seems to be enjoying a bit of a renaissance in outdoor films, and the Vagabond Filmshow is particularly special because most of the films are made locally,” said Pearce. “It’s a thrill to see people and landscapes that you know, projected onto Hope Cinema’s big screen”.

VIMFF is scheduled for March 5 in Hope this year, and the Vagabond date will be announced soon.

Pearce hopes that the filmmaking workshop Feb. 28 to March 1 will encourage others to start making outdoor films.

For more information, call 604-869-1274 or visit www.hopemountain.org