Vanessa Shaver

Vanessa Shaver

Program Completed at the CFC

TELUS Interactive Art and Entertainment Program

Completion Year

2010

Current Information

Current Company

Digital Blackbox

Current Title

Creative Producer and Story Editor

Biography

I am a Toronto-based Concept Developer and Creative Producer. Over the course of my career, I've worn a lot of hats that allow me to take a flexible, holistic creative approach in my work. I started acting at age 12 and worked till my early 20's, mainly in Canadian television and independent film. As a young playwright, I received awards and commissions. I transitioned into content creation and directing. I gained most of my production experience working in television production, running a multidisciplinary studio space, engaged in concept development and as an independent writer/director/producer on a variety of short content, both privately and publicly funded.

Today my focus in on the exciting space where art and technology meet. I am particularly interested in hanging special effects on performers in real time, in the context of live performance , or in previsualisation or film production. I am also interested in turning technology on its ear to amplify or create new narrative and distribution modalities or push technological and storytelling boundaries. I have completed several residencies where I have developed these approaches; in New Media at the CFC Media Lab, as the 2012 Site3 Colaboratory Artist in Residence and in the context of an extended Visiting Artist stint at York University. I am continuing to continue to pursue collaboration with inspired individuals and creative teams around the world. I want to make people say "wow". I want my work to actually change things.