Faces of BC Film – Mykel Thuncher, film colourist

Mykel Thuncher. Photo: Jennifer Thuncher

Mykel Thuncher. Photo: Jennifer Thuncher

Employment agencies such as the YWCA and Mosaic provide job seekers with career orientation courses and assistance in cover letter and resume writing.

But are these courses useful for film industry workers with highly specialized skills?

Mykel Thuncher is one film industry worker who was brutally forced to re-orientate. Thuncher, 48, a colourist from Burnaby, was laid off after 20 years of steady employment.  Continue reading

Faces of BC Film – Manjit Bains, independent filmmaker

from left: Joel Heath-Manjit Bains-Richard Boyce, at VIFF 2011. Photo: Katja De Bock

from left: filmmakers Joel Heath-Manjit Bains-Richard Boyce, at VIFF 2011. Photo: Katja De Bock

Manjit Bains is still suffering from what she calls a result of “following my dream.”  Continue reading

Faces of BC Film – Louisa Phung, insurance broker and filmmaker

Louisa Phung. Photo: Eric Cairns

Louisa Phung. Photo: Eric Cairns

A 2013 report by Rowland Lorimer, Director of the Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing at Simon Fraser University, states the creative economy in B.C. is growing at a faster rate than the economy as a whole.

Lorimer states the creative sector in B.C. employs 85,000 people, not including volunteers, making it the second largest of B.C.’s six major industrial sectors. The sector generates $4 billion annually in economic activity. Continue reading

Faces of BC Film – Lisa Bunting, Actor

***This six-part series was originally created as a feature length article at Langara College’s journalism department. The series shows the faces of some of B.C.’s film industry workers who are affected by the recent decline in jobs. Some of them are involved in the #SaveBCFilm movement, others are relocating or reinventing themselves professionally. But all are passionate film lovers, and great people.***

Lisa Bunting. Photo: Michael Ford Photography

Lisa Bunting. Photo: Michael Ford Photography

Prologue

Angela, a red-haired woman in her early forties paces back and forth, alone in a brightly lit room. Her body is tense and she looks around her like an animal trapped in a cage. Angela sees the cameras, which are hanging discreetly in the corners of the room and shouts furiously at the large mirror: “Why aren’t you blaming her?”

The door opens, and a young woman enters.

“Hi Angela, I am your nurse. Could you please sit down so we can talk about what just happened in the lounge?”  Continue reading