PAST AND PRESENT
EVAN ALLEN IS NOT ONLY ONE OF THE OWNERS OF THE GULF ISLANDS FILMS AND TELEVEISION SCHOOL AND A FORMER STUDENT BUT HE IS ALSO A MENTOR. EVAN TOOK 4 COURSES AT GIFTS IN 1999 AND NEVER LOOKED BACK. HE STARTED AS A PRODUCTION ASSISTANT AND MOVED ON TO BECOME ON SET PROPS, ASSISTANT PROPS MASTER THEN A PROPS MASTER. LATER HE BECAME A SET DECORATOR, WRITER, DIRECTOR, CAMERA OPP AND EDITOR IN VANCOUVER, LAS VEGAS AND EVEN BERMUDA. EVAN CURRENTLY IS WRITING AND DIRECTING ALONG WITH RUNNING GIFTS.
DRAMATIC FILM MENTOR - DIRECTORS MENTOR - GAME DESIGN MENTOR
ALICIA JONES HAS APPEARED IN MANY FILMS AND TELEVISION SHOWS INCLUDING HER
CO-STARING ROLL IN KILLER BASH. SHE HAD MULTIPLE APPEARANCES ON SMALLVILLE, THE CHRIS ISAAK SHOW, WHITE CHICKS AND COUNTLESS OTHER PRODUCTIONS. SHE NOW CURRENTLY INTERVIEWS BANDS AND FANS ON HER AND EVAN'S WEBSITE WWW.AFANSPERSPECTIVE.COM
A MAN OF MANY TRAITS. CHARLIE HAS
WORKED ON FILMS SUCH AS SUCKER PUNCH,
30 DAYS OF NIGHT DARK NIGHTS. CHARLIE
WORKED ALONG SIDE EVAN ALLEN ON
BLOODTIES. CHARLIE HAS WORKED IN MANY
DEPARTMENTS SUCH AS SFX, ART, CAMERA
AND EVEN STARED ALONG SIDE EVAN IN
THE 20 MINUTE SHORT FILM G.I.P.D. CHARLIE IS CURENTLY A CAMERA OPP AND DOP
REEM MADE HER WAY FROM EGYPT TO GALIANO TO MENTOR. SHE HAS WORKED ON MANY PROJECTS AS A WRITER DIRECTOR FOR SUCH FILMS AS "THEIR FIEST" FOR THE UNITED NATIONS. SHE HAS ALSO CONTRIBUTED TO PEACE IT TOGETHER WHICH BROUGHT CANADIANS, PALESTINIANS AND ISRAELIS TO GIFTS TO WORK ON FILMS TOGETHER.
DRAMATIC FILM MENTOR - DIRECTORS MENTOR - DOCUMENTARY MENTOR
THIS INCREDIBLE ACTOR MADE HIS WAY FROM MONTREAL WITH HIS FAMILY AND SETTLED ON GALIANO. ROBIN HAS HAD ROLES IN THE MOVIE 300, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, THE DAY AFTER TORMORROW, AND SO MANY MORE. HIS LATEST ROLE WAS FRANK IN THE TELEVISION SERIES UNREAL.
VISUAL EFFECTS AND ANIMATION MENTOR
JENNY IS AN INCREDIBLE SINGER SONGWRITE AND COMPOSER. SHE ALSO BLESSES GIFTS WITH HER INCREDIBLE VISUAL EFFECTS AND ANIMATION SKILLS AND SO MUCH MORE WITH HER PHOTOGRAPY AS WELL. VIEW SOME OF HER STUDENTS WORK HERE.
I earned a BFA in Writing at the University of Victoria in 2000, and a BA in Communication at Simon Fraser University in 2003.
I'm an Honorary Fellow and Visiting Artist at the University of Edinburgh, School of Clinical Sciences, as part of on-going research for a non-fiction film project currently in development.
Photography has been my primary mode of artistic expression for almost ten years.
My photographs have been presented in these exhibitions
photographs have been presented in these exhibitions
Sooke Fine Art Show, July 2015
Saanich Municipal Hall Gallery, February 2015
The Arts Centre at Cedar Hill, November 2014
Bay Centre Gallery, Victoria, October 2014
Babes in the Woods, Galiano Island, October 2014
Catherine Holahan Gallery at the Galiano Library, August 2014
Tidal Fire Gallery, Edinburgh Scotland July, 2013
The Reverie, Edinburgh Scotland, April 2013
The Stick Factory Gallery, February 2013
The Bus Stop Lottery Project at the Craigmillar Community Arts Centre July 2012
STILLS, Scotland's Centre for Photography Salon Exhibition, November 2012
Sips Bistro Gastro Pub Victoria, curated by 50-50 Arts Collective, May 2011
Paradiso Di Stelle • Bastion Square in Victoria, June 2011
Sooke Fine Art Show, July 2011,
Anything Goes Coast Collective Gallery, May 2011, Through the Lens, Coast Collective Gallery, February 2011,
Victoria: Site Unseen, The Slide Room Gallery, September 2008
FILM PHOTOGRAPHY MENTOR - DOCUMENTARY MENTOR
Naomi Bock produces smart, engaging content across the media spectrum. She also helps companies articulate their marketing messages and manage their digital projects. Her film and video work has been seen on television and at festivals around the world. With other credits ranging from print journalism to software user-experience design, from fashion shoots to youth media mentorship, she gets her fingers into practically every pixel pie at the culture carnival.
BART SIMPSON IS A LEO AND GENIE AWARD WINNING PRODUCER AND DIRECTOR WHO OCCASIONALLY MAKES HIS WAY TO GIFTS TO MENTOR WHEN HE IS ON THIS SIDE OF THE WORLD. HE HAS PRODUCED DOCUMENTARY FILMS LIKE BANANAS, BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS AND THE CORPERATION.
AMY IS A FORMER GIFTS STUDENT, SHE IS NOW A 3D COMPUTER ANIMATOR. SHE WAS ALSO A PRODUCTION ASSISTANT ON ARROW AND SUPER NATURAL. SEE AN EXAMPLE OF HER STUDENTS WORK TO THE RIGHT.
3D ANIMATION MENTOR
ERIK IS A FORMER GIFTS ALUMNI NOW RETURNING THE FAVOR. HE IS FINISHING UP HIS MASTERS AT YORK UNIVERSITY.
DRAMATIC FILM MENTOR, DIRECTORS MENTOR
A RECENT GRADUATE OF BCIT, BETTY BRINGS IT IN THE GAME DESIGN COURSE AS A MENTOR.
GAME DESIGN MENTOR
ALL THE WAY FROM NEW ZEALAND NATE POLE AKA NPSTYLZ ROCKS OUR SOUND BOOTH FROM TIME TO TIME. HE ALSO DOES LIGHTING FOR ALL THE BIGGEST ROCK SHOWS IN VANCOUVER.