Workshops, Tours & Surveys

The VRSC is always looking for workshop and tour suggestions so if there’s any aspect of your work as a visual researcher that you’d like to learn more about, or topics that you think would benefit from a small group discussion, please let us know and we’ll try and arrange a workshop in your region. Please contact VRSC/ARAC President at president.vrscarac@gmail.com with any suggestions.

Past Workshop Topics:

  • License Agreements Decoded
    Entertainment Lawyer Willa Marcus, in conversation with VRSC/ARAC President Elspeth Domville, reviews the essential components of archive license agreements – the basics and the not-so-basic elements of these very important documents. They come in various forms from supplier’s complex agreements to producer’s own materials releases to simple email permissions from individuals. As archive ...
  • The Basics of Music Clearance
    A panel discussion on how to approach music clearances from the perspective of both the Licensor and the Licensee. The topics covered included an explanation of the different kinds rights that need to be cleared, the process involved and strategies to make this affordable. Music clearances are quite different from footage and stills clearances and ...
  • Workshop – Visual Research 101 – Session 1 of 4
    First things first – what to do at the very beginning of each project in terms of the questions to ask the client and the information you’ll need to get started and to properly set-up the project. This session was held in Toronto on February 7, 2017 and was facilitated by Elspeth Domville. ...
  • Workshop – Visual Research 101 – Session 2 of 4
    How to prepare for the research phase in terms of setting up logs, reports, note taking and tracking your research. This session was held in Toronto on April 18, 2017 and was facilitated by Michelle Demeyere. These four sessions are designed for both junior and experienced members and are intended to provide a ...
  • Workshop – Visual Research 101 – Session 3 of 4
    How to approach the research itself. This session was held in Toronto on April 11, 2018 and was facilitated by Elspeth Domville.
  • Workshop – Visual Research 101 – Session 4 of 4
    The End Game – Costings, Master Ordering, and Final Deliverables Several useful templates and links are included here as part of this summary.  This session was held in Toronto on June 19, 2018 and was facilitated by Michelle Demeyere.
  • Archives and Public Domain Workshop Held
    On Thursday, March 15, the Visual Researchers Association of Canada organized a workshop on copyright with Montreal lawyer Viviane de Kinder. Viviane made a short presentation and answered our many questions. Always useful and necessary to review together the principles of Canadian copyright law. Over 15 members and guests attended.
  • Fair Dealing Conference
    Organized by VRSC/ARAC in collaboration with Doc Québec, a workshop / conference on Fair Dealing was held in Montreal on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 in the offices of the Association des Réalisateurs du Québec (ARRQ). Remy Khouzam, a renowned copyright lawyer, gave a presentation on this copyright exception and answered numerous questions from the participants who ...
  • Workshop Exploring Use of Archival Material
    A workshop exploring the use of archival material: from at once a creative, ethical, and legal standpoint was held during the Doc Circuit on November 15th 2016 in Montreal. Guest speakers talked about their work and, with the moderator, delivered both practical advice and creative inspiration to filmmakers and producers who are interested in delving ...
  • NFB Presentation on Tech Specs in the Footage Business – June 2016, Montreal
    On June 14, members of ARAC / VRSC attended a workshop at the NFB’s Montreal office, in order to acquire more advanced technical knowledge. To better serve the needs of the NFB’s customers in a rapidly changing digital market, these updates are essential in our business. Subjects covered included resolution, codec, frame rate, ...

Past Archive Tours:

  • Los Angeles Area Archive Tours, 2019
    The VRSC’s visit to Los Angeles for FootageFest 2019 as well as exclusive guided tours of the Margaret Herrick Library at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the UCLA Film and Television Archive and the Warner Brothers Archive and Studios. VRSC-ARAC Los Angeles Archive Tours Prior to Footagefest 2019 VRSC-ARAC FootageFest Main Day Event Notes Peter ...

Past Surveys:

  • 2019 Survey of Researcher’s Fees
    In 2019 the VRSC/ARAC conducted an anonymous survey of our membership asking members to share information on how they charge clients for their labour. This was inspired by a number of questions you had about what is fair compensation for your level of experience, how to charge clients based outside of Canada, can you charge ...