Have you ever wonder what it’s like behind the scenes on a movie set? On Saturday April 23, youth will get an inside look into what goes into making a movie, at the Film Directing Workshop presented by Rossland Council for Arts and Culture (RCAC) and the Rossland Youth Action Network (YAN) . Jason Asbell will be teaching the skills needed to take a script from the page to the stage, from written scene to on the screen.

Asbell graduated from the film program at Simon Fraser University. He currently manages and programs for the Civic Theatre in Nelson. He is also a lead instructor for the “Senior Director’s Seat” summer film camp in Nelson
“A lot of the workshops we have done in the past have focused on filming and editing movies,” says Tara Kowalchuk, RCAC Executive Administrator. “This workshop is great because it focuses on a different aspect of the film industry.” Participants will learn how to break down their ideas and visions in a way that allows them to translate onto film. This can also be applied to their favourite written scenes from plays, books they read, or graphic novels.

They will also learn blocking for actors and how to direct the people in their films. These skills will bring an added level of polish and professionalism to all films they create. This workshop is perfect for youth who enjoy making films, and want to make them the best they can possibly be. It is also ideal for those who are interested in movies but may not want to be doing the camera work, or being on-screen. This is a great way to experience what it is like behind the scenes! These skills can also be used for directing theatre productions or dance recitals.

This is the final workshop in the series presented by RCAC and YAN in 2016. There are also Youth Film Drop-in Sessions running every Thursday from 4:30-6:30pm at the YAN Space in Rossland. The culmination of the programming will be a Youth Film Showcase during the Youth Variety Show at RSS on May 5. Youth are invited to submit their films to be screened for an audience, and for a chance to win prizes (Olaus statues and cash). The submission deadline for films is April 28 at noon.

The Directing Workshop will take place Saturday, April 23 from 1:00pm-5:00pm at the YAN Space, 2076 Columbia Ave. Rossland. The cost of the workshop is $20. There is limited availability, and pre-registration is required. To register, submit a film, or for more information about the programming visit

Move over Steven Spielberg, the youth of the Kootenays are coming!
For more information contact:
Tara Kowalchuk
RCAC Executive Administrator