Education

1. MASTERCLASS : Power of story

Date: Nov 16, 2019

Time: 1 to 4 PM

Venue: Sheridan College (Room H224), 7899 McLaughlin Road, Brampton

OVERVIEW

Sugith Varughese will present an hour long masterclass on script writing. Writing for the screen requires an awareness of dramatic structure. This class will deconstruct the principles of story that have engaged audiences since drama was invented thousands of years ago, so that they can be applied to telling stories now. Be prepared to think, participate and expand your knowledge so you can write your own scripts in a manner that will connect with the audience.  

PRESENTER

Sugith Varughese is internationally awarded actor, screenwriter, director and playwright. 

As an actor, he has over 80 credits in films and TV programs, radio dramas and on stage. Feature films include “Remember”, “Orphan” and “Mission to Mars”. He was a series regular on CBC’s Gemini-winning comedy series “An American in Canada” and a recurring character on CBC’s famed comedy “Little Mosque on the Prairie”.
 
Screenwriting credits include the CBC TV movie, “Best of Both Worlds” which he also starred in and several TV series, including the famed Muppet series “Fraggle Rock”, as well as other series as wide ranging as the crime drama “Blue Murder” to the children’s show “Blobheads”. His documentary credits include co-writing the IMAX film “Lost Worlds: Life in the Balance” narrated by Harrison Ford. He won a Writers Guild of Canada award for his animated scripts for the NFB’s Talespinners’ collection. He won the first York Trillium Award for Most Promising Writer – Television. He has 
received two Gemini nominations and four Writers Guild of Canada award nominations for screenwriting. His radio drama “Entry Denied” was Canada’s entry in the WorldPlay festival and was broadcast worldwide. His first stage play, “Entitlement” premiered at the Summerworks Theatre Festival in Toronto to strong notices. He most recently wrote for and acted in “The Postman” a play with music about Toronto’s first black postman, which premiered as part of the Panamania arts festival for the Pan Am Games in Toronto.
 
He won a Governor-General’s medal for the province of Saskatchewan upon graduating high school in Saskatoon and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota in theatre arts. He was the first graduate from Canada’s first MFA program in film at York University and the first minority writer-director graduate of the prestigious Canadian Film Centre’s feature film programme where his short thesis film “Kumar and Mr. Jones” was the first CFC film nominated for a Genie and went on to won 3 international awards.  
 
He has been on the faculty of Humber College’s Acting for Film and Television program, Centennial College’s film program, and the Toronto Film School. He has also been invited to give seminars and workshops on acting and screenwriting, including running the first three years of the WGC-Bell Media Diverse Screenwriting program.

2. WORKSHOP : Process of directing

Date: Nov 16, 2019

Time: 1 to 4 PM

Venue: Sheridan College (Room H224), 7899 McLaughlin Road, Brampton

OVERVIEW

Michael Kennedy’s workshop will allow students to understand the process of directing for TV and film, especially the collaborative aspects of filmmaking and the ability to impart your vision to all creative departments. Michael directed 37 episodes of Little Mosque On The Prairie, the hit CBC comedy, and will use it as a case study to discuss the use of comedy to address serious social issues and the representation of diverse voices on mainstream media.

PRESENTER

Michael Kennedy has directed 16 feature-length films or TV movies and over 230 episodes of prime-time drama and comedy including the pilots for 13 different television series, and the entire first season of the ground-breaking hit, “Little Mosque On The Prairie”. He has directed shows across Canada as well as in the US, Mexico, Belize, Germany, Hungary, and India. 

Michael has received many honours from the DGC Awards, Directors Guild of America Awards, Canadian Screen Awards, the Geminis, and the Canadian Comedy Awards. 

Michael has worked for many different producers, and swears that some of them were pleased with his work.

3. SEMINAR : Creative producing process

Date: Nov 16, 2019

Time: 1 to 4 PM

Venue: Sheridan College (Room H224), 7899 McLaughlin Road, Brampton

OVERVIEW

Saniya Ansari will introduce various digital platforms for producing creative content. The workshop will entail the creative planning process, marketing strategies and criteria for producing for multiple storytelling platforms.  

PRESENTER

Saniya Ansari is the Producer and Founder of QEW Films Inc. Specializing in arts and education she is a multi-media producer for film and television. Currently, she is working on a feature script with film director, Shashanka Ghosh.

QEW Films services include specialized teams in VFX/motion graphics; sound design and composing; and line producing for feature films and television commercials. Offices are set up in both Toronto and Mumbai.

Currently, Saniya teaches at Sheridan College in the Media Fundamentals program.