FILM AND TV SECTOR SEEKS TO REWRITE VANCOUVER’S SERVICE-TOWN ROLE

The Pacific Screenwriting Program last month graduated its first Vancouver-based class of film and television writers amid what one producer calls a ‘mini-boom’ for writers’ rooms

he first group of entry-level screenwriters accepted into the Pacific Screenwriting Program: from left to right, Todd Ireland, Michael Orlando, Sarah Dodd (executive-producer-in-residence), Petie Chalifoux, Kat Sieniuc and Corey Liu. Photo: Submitted

The pitch: Two female detectives – a Cree woman from northern Alberta and a white, third-generation cop – investigate the murder of an Indigenous teen girl in Victoria.

Along the way the pair is forced to overcome their biases as they uncover clues in the case.

Can this quintessentially B.C. story soon find a way to global TV audiences?

That’s the aim for TV writer Sarah Dodd, best known for penning scripts for Canadian crime series such as Motive and Cardinal.

“You see all the trucks parked on your street for shows like the Arrow and The Flash and Supernatural. Those writers are all in Los Angeles and they’re not staffing Vancouver-based writers,” said Dodd, who began her career shadowing the script co-ordinator on Road to Avonlea in the 1990s after graduating from the University of Victoria’s creative writing program.

As the Pacific Screenwriting Program’s (PSP) first executive-producer-in-residence, she assembled a Vancouver-based writers’ room in January to write the initial scripts for the murder mystery over 10 weeks.

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