- Position: Film Industry
Hello my name is Lee,
I guess it all started with gathering enough courage to actually pursue my passion of writing and directing. It wasn’t easy coming from such a small town. The slightest notion of interest in the field made a mockery of me by the oil field community. Fortunately, I had nothing left to lose one day and decided to pop into the Metis BC office in Fort St John where I met Linda Defresne. She guided me through the application process for funding to Vancouver Film School (VFS.) I could compliment her for a few pages, but I’ll sum it up with one word...angel.
The year at VFS was demanding and draining, but it was worth it. I learned a vast amount of knowledge pertaining to the film industry and picked up a few tricks about writing. It was also weird, I found myself surrounded in an environment where everyone was in love with the same interests as mine. Quite honestly, it was the best feeling I experienced in my life and I met some new friends who will be with me the rest of my life.
Outside of school, I ended up concentrating on my writing most days, but there were a few where I was able to get out and enjoy the city life. Some days were filled with sunbathing and writing on the beach with friends and some were filled with a 60 year old recently divorced Asian lady/landlord falling in love with me, but that’s a story for another time.
I graduated after a year and found my first job on the set of Shuteye. A Hulu production where I was a Production Assistant. I then went on to a few other productions where I worked as a Grip. It’s not exactly where I want to be on set, but there is a route I have to take in order fulfill my goals as a Writer/Director. Currently, I work as a Grip and PA on a variety of shows and movies. There really is no one production I will stay on the rest of my career. The career is really contract work, so one must put their best efforts in everyday in order to secure work for the next production. Self ‐ image is key.
As for writing credits, I have written 2 comedy sketches that were produced for a standup comedy night, produced a short film called “Him”, have multiple unproduced film scripts that I’m still working on and a TV series.
For now, my plan is to continue working as a Grip/PA to pay the bills, network as much as I can and polish my scripts until I feel they’re ready to be pitched to a Producer.
I’ve learned two things about the film industry, 1. it’s a “go ‐ getters” lifestyle that is rewarding and fun 2. Going to the theater to see your next favorite film will be ruined forever now knowing the entire process.
Thank you Métis Nation BC!