DD2018_Panelist_AnneWheeler_PicAs one of Canada’s most acclaimed film directors, Anne Wheeler is known for telling  great stories about ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.  Her voice is one of compassion and humour with a twang of western simplicity. From the early seventies, she’s been the woman out front, breaking ground; “I don’t know why people are surprised that I can handle this camera…it lighter that a six month old baby and a lot less complicated than a zigzag sewing machine.” Perhaps, as one critic notes, “Wheeler’s most important contribution to Canadian narrative cinema is her sheer will and tenacity in bringing authentic Canadian women’s stories to the big screen and she has done so with a social conscience.”

Daria Ellerman DD2018_Daria Ellerman_Pic, C.C.E. is a picture editor with over 20 years experience working in documentaries, television series and feature films. Recent credits include the feature “Meditation Park” directed by Mina Shum which opened the 2017 VIFF and the ABC series “Take Two”. In addition to feature films she also has edited hundreds of hours of television series including one hour dramas, sitcoms, half hour series and MOWs. She has been nominated as picture editor for 10 Leo Awards, a DGC Canada Award, the Southhampton International Film Festival and a Gemini Award and won a Leo Award in 2005 for her work on the television series, “The Collector”.


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Marta Kristen was filming the role of Lorelei the mermaid in Beach Blanket Bingo when she was called in to meet with Irwin Allen. After meeting Marta, Allen was determined to have her play the role of Judy Robinson in his new series, Space Family Robinson. Marta initially refused the part, fearing (correctly) the character would be under-utilized. Allen pitched several potential script ideas for the character, and Marta agreed to the role of Judy Robinson in the series, now renamed Lost in Space.



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Ross Dempster  born in Paisley, Scotland, Ross Dempster began his career assisting acclaimed production designer Michael Carlin. From there, Ross worked up through the art department, art directing on many large movies such as 2012, GODZILLA, SEVENTH SON, and ELYSIUM, giving him a strong understanding of art, design and movie making. Now a successful production designer Ross approaches each movie or series with the intention of making every scene as visually interesting as it can be, pushing boundaries and introducing fresh ideas and thinking of color, mood, graphic style, character and how it will shoot. Ross lives on a small farm with his wife, children, six horses, three dogs and his Triumph motorcycle.


Richard Molnar - B _ W.jpgRichard Molnar  has worked in numerous film industry Property Departments for the past 31 years. His experience has spanned the full range of departmental responsibilities, including the design and manufacture of custom movie props. One of his key inspirations for entering the film industry was his fascination with the imaginative props portrayed in sci-fi based TV series and movies. Most noteworthy of these, was the Robot from the 1960’s television series, LOST IN SPACE. He has enjoyed lifelong interest in the history of this 60’s television icon, and is presently in the process of building his own full size replica, using many of the methods and materials used in the original prop.



Rob Duncan As a 1st AD I am responsible for scheduling, running and maintaining a safe set and working environment for the cast and crew. Additionally they work closely with the director to organize and achieve the shots desired for each scene, while keeping to shooting schedule agreed upon by the production team. Started in the film business in 1995 in Calgary on TV Series Viper as a Production Assistant. Moved to Vancouver in 1996 and started as a Trainee Assistant Director in 1998 on TV Series Three. Worked on Features: A Team, Pathfinder, Romona & Beezus Worked on Once Upon a Time as a 1st AD for 6 Seasons

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Simon Hunt RatPac Dimmers Sales and Rentals Rep for Western Canada. Gaffer with IATSE local 891 where I have been a member since 1989. Previous to that I was staff at CBC Vancouver from 1981 to 1989. Many productions worked on over the years from big to small.



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Tony Mirza  is an award Director of Photography based in Vancouver Canada. Hiswork has garnered him Nominations for the short films, “Joanna Makes a Friend” and“I Love You So Much It’s Killing Them”. He was also the Winner of the Special Jury Prize at 2014 Nashville Film Festival and Best Feature Cinematography at the 2015 Maui Film Festival for his work on the independent feature film, Eadweard, directed by Kyle Rideout, about the world famous, turn-of-the-century photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Tony’s body of work is diverse and includes. episodic TV, features films, Commercials, Music Video and Short Films. Mostly recently he completing the 7th season on “Once Upon A Time” for Disney ABC.


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Suzanne Thompson  has 20 years of specialized experience in the business of Film & Television Post Production and VFX working with every major Hollywood studio including Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Facebook, Disney, Fox, Sony, Lionsgate to name a few. Suzanne plays a very active, engaged role in the Vancouver Post Production market and is the co-founder and current Chair of the Vancouver Post Production Alliance. She also an executive board member of the Motion Picture Production Association of BC representing Post Production. Suzanne is currently the VP, Sales for Deluxe Entertainment Services Group in Vancouver, BC. Deluxe is a Global Post Production company with locations all over the world.



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This is Scott’s second season as Co-Producer on “Lost In Space”. His recent credits include “Falling Skies” (All Five Seasons), “Berlin Station”, “Hell On Wheels” and “Kyle XY”



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Ben Cook A 20+ year veteran in the post sound industry. He has worked at all the major studios and several independent facilities in Hollywood. A 6 time Emmy Award nominee, winning 4 and in 2006 “Apocolypto” was nominated for an Academy Award. “My introduction to Post was transferring 1/4” production sound rolls at night, while pursuing a music career in Los Angeles. 23 years later my love affair with technology and sound continues. I have been very fortunate to work on great projects balancing work in film and television.” Notable credits include: Deadwood, The Pacific, Black Sails, Lost in Space….and most recently Jack Ryan Film credits include: Apocolypto, Secretariat and Spiderman-Homecoming


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Jack Colwell After studying Film Editing at the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles, Jack continued his pursuit of storytelling working as a Film and TV Editor.





DD2018_Marion Spates_Pic.jpgMarion Spates is a Visual Effects Supervisor on the hit Netflix show, Lost In Space. He is a VFX veteran, who has worked in 2D, 3D, and VR for nearly twenty years, but specializes in lighting, rendering, crowd replication, and HDRI. He has worked on big budget features, including Roland Emmerich’s recent films, Independence Day Resurgence, White House Down, and 2012, as well as cutting edge commercials for Nike, Hewlett Packard, and Lexus. Lost In Space is Marion’s first foray into television, and he is enjoying lending his expertise from long and short form content to the exciting episodic format. Marion is an Emmy award winner, a member of the Visual Effects Society, a father, and husband who thrives in the creative zone of story telling through visual effects.


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From a would be actor back in the day I have worked in the film industry since the early 1980’s. I have worked as an AD , Director , 2nd Unit Director and Producer. I have been fortunate to work on some shows that were important and relevant to their times such as Xena and District 9 amongst others. I feel fortunate to have been involved in Xena since it was one of the first TV shows to totally embrace the world of VFX and to carry that journey though with the same group of collaborators to shows such as Spartacus which was hugely CGI dependent has been an interesting trip. And now onto shows as VFX intensive as Black Sails and Lost In Space. My first schedule was done on a typewriter.



DD2018_Michael Gazetas_picMichael Gazetas is 22 year veteran in the Locations Department with the Directors Guild of Canada. He works on TV series and Features. Credits include: “The Big Year”, “Hector and the Search for Happiness”, “Minority Report”, “Beyond”, “Lost in Space”, “Project Blue Book” and currently the new Apple series “See”. He was invited to become a member of the Locations Managers Guild International in 2017.



DD2018_Terron Pratt_PicTerron Pratt has been making movies since he was a kid and following graduation from Cal State University, Northridge, he managed to start getting paid for his passion.  Terron began his career in Visual Effects as a Production Assistant on Pirates of the Caribbean and over the next few years, he worked on over 25 feature films.

In 2010 Terron joined the Academy Award winning VFX Studio, Rhythm & Hues.  While at R&H, Terron produced VFX that contributed to the studio’s Oscar Nomination for Snow White and the Huntsman.  Following his years with R&H, Terron joined the VFX team for Black Sails/Starz which ultimately led to his first & second Emmy nominations and VES wins.

Recently, as Visual Effects Producer on Lost in Space for Legendary/Netflix, Terron earned his third Emmy nomination for Outstanding Visual Effects on season 1.  He is currently in production on the series’ second season.



DD2018_NicholasProdbrey_Pic.jpgNicholas Podbrey is a makeup effects supervisor and performer, bringing a passion for practical creatures and puppets to the screen for over twenty years. A BA graduate of UBC, Nicholas has been a longtime professional both behind and in front of the camera (acting, voice work, puppetry while also supervising practical prosthetic effects). He has worked both independently and with some of the finest effects houses in the industry. His feature credits include Slither, Elysium, Star Trek Beyond, Tully, Fido, The Cleanse and Underworld Awakening. TV credits include Fringe, Falling Skies and The Leftovers – and is he currently the set supervisor for Robot and makeup effects on Lost in Space.



DD2018_Christine Thompson_pic.jpgChristine Thomson is a Costume Designer and Supervisor for film and television. She has been designing costumes professionally for over 30 years. Working on such diverse genres as sci-fi, westerns, contemporary, and period pieces (including one that stretched back to the Paleolithic), Christine has a broad range of design and supervisory experience in the costume industry. She is a believer in the value of fine craft and good design and, being a fan of Walter Benjamin, she is interested in the question of authenticity in the digital world.




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Elliot Montello, Anglo argentine living in Vancouver BC – Artisan and Pinball Wizard





Siggy Headshot copy.jpgSiggy Ferstl learned the art and craft of color grading in his native Australia and quickly found success in that country before becoming an internationally sought-after artist. He achieved high acclaim for his work in Southeast Asia and then London prior to joining Company 3. The multiple-HPA (Hollywood Professional Association)-Award-Winning colorist has recently brought his talents to films such as Nocturnal Animals, The Hate U Give and the eagerly-anticipated Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic, On the Basis of Sex. His work can also be seen on such visually arresting series as Lost in Space, Narcos, Narcos: Mexico and S.W.A.T.



Barry Madden has been a fixture of the Vancouver Film, Theatre and Event Industries since the late 60’s when he began working on shows like “That cold day in the park”, then into the 70’s to current day with “Carnal Knowledge”, Academy Award Nominated “McCabe and Mrs. Miller”, “The Changeling” and “Lake Placid”. A true maverick, Barry initially worked the jobs that were available around Vancouver from the PNE when he was 13 years old until the year 2000. Local and National Theatre gigs and an Ice Capades contract for Vancouver, Victoria and Spokane Washington that allowed Barry to start C.A. Creative, a lighting and design company that was leader in the lighting field around Vancouver until the mid 90’s. Barry continues to work in film honing his overall skills from Camera and Special Effects to Electrical, Lighting and even a stint as an actor. Throughout the years Barry has seen the true evolution to digital across multiple departments, making him a perfect choice as part of the “Back in the Day…” Panel.



Producer Brad Van Arragon has over 40 film and television credits to his name, most recently two seasons of “Lost in Space,” the hit series for Netflix.  Prior to that, he produced the upcoming series “Project Blue Book” for the History Channel, and “Camelot” for Starz.  Van Arragon’s feature film credits include the Academy Award®-winning feature “Juno,” directed by Jason Reitman, starring Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page, Jason Bateman and Michael Cera; “The Big Year,” directed by David Frankel and starring Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black; the feature film adaptation of the popular Beverly Cleary book “Ramona and Beezus,” directed by Elizabeth Allen, starring John Corbett, Bridget Moynahan, Ginnifer Goodwin, Selena Gomez and Joey King; and “Jennifer’s Body,” directed by Karyn Kusama, starring Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried and Adam Brody.


Matt Sazama.jpgMatt Sazama grew up making live action and animated Super-8 movies in Milwaukee, Wisconsin — films whose ambition outstripped their budget while trying to replicate the magic found in the science fiction and fantasy films of the 80s. His love of movies led him to attend New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he briefly became an auteur. Together, with his writing partner Burk Sharpless, they wrote the original script Dracula Untold, which was on the prestigious Black List of best unproduced screenplays before it was finally made by Universal Pictures in 2014. Since then, they wrote the script to Alex Proyas’ Gods of Egypt and co-wrote the fantasy/sci-fi films The Last Witch Hunter and Power Rangers. Finally, with the Netflix original series Lost In Space, the promise of those old Super-8 movies has been realized with Matt acting as co-creator, executive producer and writer. Matt now lives in Los Angeles with his wife and kids. Perhaps he will become an auteur again one day.

Burk_Sharpless.pngBurk Sharpless grew up writing science fiction stories and drawing comic books for his friends, it never really occurred to him that might be his true calling. Hailing from an academic family, he wanted to do something appropriately erudite and high-brow. After graduating in philosophy from the UW in his home town of Madison, Wisconsin, he moved to New York to pursue a career as an abstract painter. He eventually recognized that the art world wasn’t exactly the right fit, so he headed to Los Angeles to become a screenwriter, naively thinking that was the more practical alternative. Together with his writing partner Matt Sazama, they wrote the original spec script Dracula Untold, which was on the prestigious Black List of best unproduced screenplays before it was finally made by Universal Pictures in 2014. Since then, they wrote the script for Gods of Egypt and co-wrote the motion pictures, The Last Witch Hunter and Saban’s Power Rangers. Currently, with Matt, he created and executive produced Netflix’s reimagining of the classic sci-fi family adventure Lost In Space. Burk lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. He may pick up painting again someday, once he tires of doing what he’s good at.