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VFS Intensive “Behind the Lens – In front of the Lens” 4 day Workshop starts on Monday

Learn acting, directing & Post-Production with Rondel Reynoldson and Missy Cross @ Sisler IDM

Visit Redwood Studio 57 to register for  VFS’ Behind the Lens – In front of the Lens 4 day Workshop @ Sisler”  – Nov 21-24

Workshop Information:
Nov. 21-24, 2016
Sisler’s Redwood Studio 57
Learn from 2 VFS instructors (Acting & Directing)

About the VFS 4 day Intensive Workshop @ Sisler

The focus of this workshop is very much on directing actors, and the goal/intent is to bring together students from the Film and Theatre classes/programs at Sisler. The deliverables will follow this format:



VFS Instructors

  • Rondel Reynoldson
  • Missy Cross

 Sisler Instructors

  • Jamie Leduc (IDM)
  • Jonathan Dyck-Lyons (IDM)
  • Alexis Silver (Drama)

Total number of students: 54 students

  • 24 students from IDM and 30 from theatre.

Production Groups/Teams: 

  • 5 production/teams in total
    • comprising of 4-5 crew members
    • 3 main actors
    • 3 background actors/extras who will also fulfill production crew duties


  • Canon HD cameras. Many models.
  • Lumhawk and Coleman cool lights


  • 5 scripts are to be shot (and therefore 5 production teams are required)
  • Sisler to determine production teams beforethe start of the workshop, with crew roles assigned (Directors, Camera ops, etc.).Sisler will not cast the roles yet. VFS team will oversee casting during the workshop.

Daily Schedule

Monday, November 21st / Day 1  
9am-11:45 am (Theatre)
Entire group in attendance
·         Introductions, Warm-up
·         Improvisation workshop
·         Storytelling overview
·         Language of the actor 
12 – 12:45 Lunch
12:45-2 pm (2 breakout rooms)  2 groups with Rondel and Missy each taking 1 group.·           Casting and Auditioning workshop
Tuesday, November 22nd / Day 2    
9- 10 am (Theatre)  Entire group in attendance·         Casting / Instructions
·         Text analysis introduction / instructions
·         Breakout


10 – 11:45 am (5 break out rooms)  Each team to work in their own space
·         Each group begins text analysis of scripts
·         Assign roles (3 actors, background extras)
12 – 12:45 ·         Lunch
12:45-1:30 pm
(5 break out rooms or IDM classroom?)
·         Rehearsing
·         Script breakdown (schedule)
·         Creating shot list
·         Set/production protocols, blocking
NOTE:  Rondel and Missy to decide if any of these elements should be taught first to larger group before sending to Breakout room. Large theatre is not available at this time but IDM classroom is
Wednesday, November 23rd / Day 3
9am-11:45 am (various locations)
·         Production Shoots
12 – 12:45 ·         Lunch
12:45-2 pm (various locations)
·         Production Shoots
Thursday, November 24th / Day 4   
9 – 11:45 am (IDM Classroom)
·         Screen dailies
·         Analyze performance
·         Discuss post (editing) strategy with existing dailies/footage.


About the VFS Instructors:

Rondel Reynoldson

Rondel Reynoldson is an actress, known for Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010), Dirty(1998) and Dudley Do-Right (1999).


Actress (52 credits)


UnREAL (TV Series) Officer Beltran

– Ambush (2016) … Officer Beltran
Dead Rising 3 (Video Game)
Female Zombie (voice)
The Toyman Killer (TV Movie)
Ms. Soams
Man of Steel
Kelor (uncredited)
 Motive (TV Series)
Officer Rafalski

– Pushover (2013) … Officer Rafalski
 2012Once Upon a Time (TV Series)
Village Woman

– The Crocodile (2012) … Village Woman
 2012Continuum (TV Series)
Mrs. Ducelle

– Playtime (2012) … Mrs. Ducelle
 2011Good Morning, Killer (TV Movie)
Photo Mom
 2011At Lunchtime: A Story of Love (TV Short)
Bus Passenger – Earth Mother
 2011Hiccups (TV Series)

– Moving Pictures (2011) … Woman
 2011Gone (TV Movie)
Police Dispatch
 2008The Quality of Life (TV Movie)
Linda Wood
 2008Sins of a Solar Empire (Video Game)
Vocal Talent (voice)
 2006Just a Phase (TV Movie)
Casting Director
 2006Men in Trees (TV Series)
Barbara Mitexi

– Sink or Swim (2006) … Barbara Mitexi
 2006Alice, I Think (TV Series)

– Fifteen Minutes (2006) … Rosie
– Working Stiff (2006) … Rosie
 2006A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story (TV Movie)

 2006Saved (TV Series)

– A Day in the Life (2006)
 2006Supernatural (TV Series)

– Salvation (2006) … Nurse
 2006This Space for Rent (TV Series)
Beth from Jarheads
 2004Under the Skin (Video Game)
Walla Group (English version, voice)
 2004The Book of Ruth (TV Movie)
Female sheriff
 2001-2004Da Vinci’s Inquest (TV Series)
Shelley Ryan / Dorothy St. George

– Seven Tentacles (2004) … Shelley Ryan
– It’s Backwards Day (2001) … Dorothy St. George
 2004Tru Calling (TV Series)
Red Wallet Lady

– Valentine (2004) … Red Wallet Lady
 2004Human Cargo (TV Mini-Series)
Female Immigration Officer

– Episode #1.3 (2004) … Female Immigration Officer
– Episode #1.2 (2004) … Female Immigration Officer
– Episode #1.1 (2004) … Female Immigration Officer
 2002Taken (TV Mini-Series)

– Dropping the Dishes (2002) … Dorothy
– God’s Equation (2002) … Dorothy
 2002Debating Christ
 2001The Heart Department (TV Movie)
Female Orderly
 2000Sole Survivor (TV Movie)
 2000Cinderella; Single Again
Anastasia (as Rondelle Reynoldson)
 2000Mermaid (TV Movie)
 2000Cabin by the Lake (TV Movie)
 1999Brotherhood of Murder (TV Movie)
Debbie Mathews
 1999Double Jeopardy
Restaurant Employee (uncredited)
 1999Dudley Do-Right
 1999The Outer Limits (TV Series)
Esme O’Brien

– What Will the Neighbors Think? (1999) … Esme O’Brien
 1999Cold Squad (TV Series)

– Bobby Johnson (1999) … Donna
 1998Floating Away (TV Movie)
 1998Dirty Little Secret (TV Movie)
Motel Waitress
Sales Clerk
 1997Millennium (TV Series)
Coroner Hutson

– A Single Blade of Grass (1997) … Coroner Hutson
 1997Volcano: Fire on the Mountain (TV Movie)
Police Station Woman
 1997Contagious (TV Movie)
Homeless Mother
 1996In the Lake of the Woods (TV Movie)
Nurse Karen
 1995Live Bait
Salt Woman
 1994Beyond Betrayal (TV Movie)

Missy Cross

Missy Cross is an actress and assistant director, known for Night of the Living Dead Mexicans (2008), Nostalgia Boy(2006) and Suicidalz (2010).  See full bio »

Missy Cross was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and now resides in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

About VFS:

You are ready to find out if acting is the right outlet for your passion to tell stories. You’re looking to build your self-awareness, and develop your instrument, both vocally and physically, to approach any performance platform—a film set, a stage or a boardroom—with more presence and confidence. You are a creative force.