Powell River Digital Film School commitment during the impact of COVID-19 and Beyond


Thank you so much for your ongoing support and commitment of the Film School Program. As we all know, this is not an easy time for anyone as the concern for the impact of COVID-19 continues to grow and we are encouraged to practice social distancing, be at home, and quickly adapt to new ways of connecting, learning, and working together.

Firstly…we want you to know that we are thinking about you, your families, your livelihoods and your finances at this time. We are all in this together and it’s in times of such challenge and adversity where our true selves, support for humanity, and true teamwork and leadership is revealed. I know we can do it.

Secondly…we want to let you know where we are at with the Film Program…as a film training program that is about working together, human-to-human connection, team building etc, you can imagine the challenge we are currently facing with programs and events being postponed for an uncertain period of time. However, amidst this ‘cri-sis’ (defn = ‘danger-opportunity’), we are committed to keeping our team healthy by following social distancing protocol and continuing our work remotely. We are choosing to use this time as an ‘opportunity’ to practice being true committed-learners and digital leaders: literally practicing our core values like never before.

What does this mean for you?

We believe it is time to explore new ways of working together to inspire our best selves. We want to embrace what lies ahead with a sense of strength, teamwork, purpose, and hope.

As a proven platform to help young filmmakers find their place in the ever-changing world of film and life, we are committed to helping students navigate during this time from a health and wellness perspective, work-related mindset, learning and positive outlook. We will continue to make the best use of our knowledge, expertise and strengths to serve. We see our role as being a guide to help students continue to learn and experience the skills needed to confidently move forward in the filmmaking process, become their best, and effectively connect, learn new skills, take action, and grow together.

What could help you?

Focus on the 'Important' vs the 'Urgent.' Usually we are so caught up in the ’Urgent’ that we don’t have time for the ‘Important’. Let this be the time for working on what’s most important -  building a clear vision, clarifying our values, re-setting long-term goals, growing and developing and learning innovative ways to become better at who we are, what we do, and why we do it.

Focus on the ‘Important’ vs the ‘Urgent’. Usually we are so caught up in the ’Urgent’ that we don’t have time for the ‘Important’. Let this be the time for working on what’s most important -  building a clear vision, clarifying our values, re-setting long-term goals, growing and developing and learning innovative ways to become better at who we are, what we do, and why we do it. Here is an article post by our good friend and colleague, Jonathon Wilcocks, at Pinnacle Pursuits He was working with us at the retreat and this is from his company. how to work effectively from home and maintaining positive mental and physical wellbeing when at home.

In summary, use this as the perfect opportunity to REGROUP, RETHINK, AND RETOOL. 

What can you expect from us?

To support this process, we are going through a massive re-structure and expense to keep the film school serving our students and supporting their desire to learn in a safe and efficient way. We will be working through video conferencing, lectures, curriculum continuity, project-based exercises, discussions, projects for completion and much more. We are still planning our end of year screening of student works to the public, on-line. Please stay tuned for that.

Times for the daily start and finish are still in negotiation in general, class times should be reserved for mornings between Monday and Thursday mostly from 10:30 to 12:30 then resume a 1pm till 2:30 with projects intertwined, either in virtual group “breakout rooms” or individual work home based film projects including animation. This may vary, so please be sure to check our private group page daily for any adjustments. There will be quizzes as well to determine comprehension of the concepts and curriculum being taught.

Expect upcoming topics to include:

  • Group Discussions
  • Production Planning
  • Animation
  • Script Writing
  • Effective Communication
  • Voice Work
  • Post-Production
  • Creative Collaboration
  • Film Screening and analysis
  • Decision-making
  • Problem-solving
  • Staying Motivated
  • Embracing Adversity
  • Remote Team-Building
  • Marketing your work

Just to name a few!

In the spirit of faith, trust, teamwork, and creativity,
Tony Papa and the PRDFS Team