Faces of BC Film – Braden Haggerty, underwater cinematographer

Braden Haggerty. Photo: Herb DeWaal

Braden Haggerty. Photo: Herb DeWaal

Braden Haggerty, 46, specialized in underwater cinematography as one of three specialists in Metro Vancouver. The married mother of two teenage sons lives in Vancouver’s Dunbar area. She invested years in training to become a respected underwater cinematographer, a position not obvious for women, she says.

Haggerty is passionate about her job. “Suspension of disbelief is pretty strong in the water,” she says, for example when you see film characters fall into seemingly arctic water and still perform their tasks. In real life, they would have been in cold shock immediately, whereas on set, they can swim in a water tank heated up to 32 C. Continue reading

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Faces of BC Film – Alvin Sanders, Actor

Alvin Sanders. Photo: Katja De Bock

Alvin Sanders. Photo: Katja De Bock

Alvin Sanders, 61, is an American actor who moved to B.C. for love 30 years ago. As the president of the Union of B.C. Performers, Sanders is used to speaking to crowds.

At a meeting of different union members in New Westminster on Feb. 13, Sanders moderated the evening, speaking to the audience with a deep, warm voice, which evokes memories of a U.S. TV-reverend and Santa Claus. Continue reading

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