11 episodes

Colby Spencer hosts a series of candid conversations with some of the underslept masses working in Vancouver BC’s booming film and television industry.

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    • Film Interviews

Colby Spencer hosts a series of candid conversations with some of the underslept masses working in Vancouver BC’s booming film and television industry.

    Vantropolis: GABRIEL CORREA

    Vantropolis: GABRIEL CORREA

    Director Gabriel Correa left his home in Sāo Paulo, Brazil as a young man and moved to Vancouver, BC to chase his dreams and pursue his love of film. He attended Vancouver Film School and bussed tables before finally breaking into the industry, where he hustled hard as a Production Assistant and then landed at Supernatural, another CW television show that would see him build out much of his film career. Since then he's literally climbed the ranks all the way to the top - where you can currently find him directing episodes for the CW hit television series Riverdale. We talk film school, his roles and experiences moving up through the Assistant Director Department and what it was like to direct Riverdale's Season 4 premiere episode - a tribute to the late Luke Perry.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Vantropolis: JOSH BLACKER

    Vantropolis: JOSH BLACKER

    Josh Blacker is a successful working actor with a multitude of film and TV credits to his name, including the television shows Stargate Atlantis and Travellers, the 2013 blockbuster film Elysium and most recently, the highly anticipated Apple TV series, See. He sits down with Colby to talk about his journey through film - which for him involved leaving behind a successful career in law to move to Vancouver and pursue his calling. We dig into the audition process and the choices you make in them, what it’s like working on a large A-list set and why you should pursue acting for the love of the craft and not for the money and fame. He also shares a great story about an encounter with Jason Momoa on the set of See.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Vantropolis: KURT JACKSON

    Vantropolis: KURT JACKSON

    BOOM! CRASH! POW! Colby sits down with Special Effects Supervisor Kurt Jackson to talk about the business of illusion in film. Kurt literally “makes it rain” on set - he also lights things on fire, launches them through the air and has them explode, with safety always being paramount. He’s carved out an illustrious career in Special Effects, working on films like Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Inception and Interstellar and most recently, multiple seasons as FX Set Supervisor on the CW television show Supergirl, where he shares a great story about the time Kevin Smith bought him a gift.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Vantropolis: KRAIG WENMAN

    Vantropolis: KRAIG WENMAN

    Colby sits down with Vancouver-based screenwriter Kraig Wenman to share his journey to becoming a working writer. With 63 feature script sales and 27 produced films to his name, Kraig opens up about the structure and formula to writing scripts, when and how to break into LA, and the time Van Halen’s David Lee Roth picked up his bar tab.

    • 59 min
    Vantropolis: VICTORIA BURKHART

    Vantropolis: VICTORIA BURKHART

    Victoria Burkhart sits down with Colby to discuss growing up in New Zealand and her journey through the film industry. She’s worked on Peter Jackson’s King Kong, the Halo film (that wasn’t), along with Neill Blomkamp’s feature films District 9, Elysium and Chappie which took her to South Africa, Mexico and finally Vancouver. She’s now a Canadian resident, and has found her stride as a producer with her and her husband’s production company, Sizzle Snap. We talk about the loaded “Producer” job title - what it means, the varying roles it can play in film and television, and how the strength of female mentorship can be a game changer for women climbing the ranks of the film industry.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Vantropolis: TOBY GORMAN

    Vantropolis: TOBY GORMAN

    Vancouver cinematographer Toby Gorman sits down with Colby to share his journey across the pond from the UK to Vancouver in 2005 to fulfill his dream of working in film. With a baptism of fire as a Production Assistant (think zero rain gear in Vancouver in the fall), he eventually moved into the Lighting department and is now a well respected cinematographer for film and television. We talk about his experiences on all those early TV shows shot in Vancouver - Smallville, The Dead Zone, and Supernatural (Season One no less!) along with his recent work on the Hallmark Channel and the CW television show Riverdale. He also tells a story about the first time he ever met actor Anthony Michael Hall.

    • 1 hr 21 min

Customer Reviews

Little director ,

Awesome Podcast

This is a great podcast. An insightful look at the creative filmmakers living in Vancouver. Well worth the time. Give it a listen!

Thomas Furey ,

Check this out!

I am an author transitioning to some screenwriting projects, so this is just what I need right now!

amyr01 ,

Couldn’t stop listening!

Colby has a true gift to ask the questions we all want to know. She calls herself nosy, I call it being bold enough to ask! Can’t wait for the next episode.

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