Originally from Mexico City, filmmaker and digital media artist Yunuen Perez Vertti, moved to Vancouver 4 years ago after being based in Houston, Texas for 15 years. Her international background is well represented in her work as a filmmaker and digital media artist. She has over 15 years of experience in the film and television industry. She has worked in various roles and projects and produced films for many public, private and non-profit organizations. Her short documentary "Aparajita" (The Undefeated) was successfully screened at Tasveer Seattle South Asian Film Festival , Topanga Film Festival and Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival. While working for the non-profit organization Voices Breaking Boundaries, she conducted a Stop Motion Animation Camp for elementary school children. That experience lead to other opportunities working with children. She is passionate about education through the arts and the importance of arts as a fundamental tool for education. She believes teaching and introducing kids to all art disciplines, as early as possible, is essential to a healthy society. Working with kids has made her look into her own creative process from a different perspective and it has helped her understand it better. She is currently working on developing her first VR documentary.
Yunuen has worked on several projects with the staff and students of Confederation Park - Education Through the Arts School. Most recently, Yunuen was our artist in residence for our school wide Film Festival. The scope of this arts-integrated project spanned over four months working with 225 students, from Kindergarten to Grade 7, to empower them with the tools and knowledge to create thoughtful stories through film. Yunuen taught students how to create and develop storyboards, script writing, digital storytelling, live action film, documentaries, sound design, lighting and camera skills, film editing, green screen techniques, stop motion animation, and to utilize software editing programs to alter and manipulate photographic images for projection. The residency was extremely successful as each student was engaged throughout the creative process with a hands-on approach. During this time, Yunuen has proven to be a highly competent educator and her passion for the arts is genuine and inspirational. The final project culminated in two successful school wide formal performances, "Film Festival Extravaganza"! This red carpet event was attended by the entire school community. Bonnie Ishii, Head Teacher, Music & Dance Specialist, Confederation Park
Filmmaker Yunuen Perez Vertti has been a collaborator of mine for years. She is an artist of the highest caliber. Her camera work is courageous and inventive, and at the same time, refined and poetic. As an editor she has an uncanny eye for fluidity and balance, combined with the technical expertise to achieve her artistic vision. Her creative mind, impressive skills, and enthusiastic approach make her an invaluable and sought after asset to any project. Michele Brangwen, Artistic Director, Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble
Yunuen came to work with our students at Tecumseh Elementary School to introduce them to animation in film-making as a part of our classs intergenerational project. The session was engaging and fun, and we were so impressed with Yunuens expertise and warmth with the students, that we applied for an ArtStarts grant to have her continue to work with our class for the duration of the project. We love Yunuens collaborative spirit and her passion for the arts in the classroom, and are thrilled to be working with an artist with her experience and enthusiasm! Marion Collins & Tilia Prior, Teachers at Tecumseh Elementary School, Vancouver
This workshop will introduce students to visual storytelling techniques, like stop motion, documentary, live action films and projection mapping. The goal is to help students use these techniques to represent their learning about a particular subject. The students will be working with the technique and subject chosen in collaboration with the teacher. Students will be introduced to these technique via exercises and examples. The following lessons will be used to introduce students to storyboarding, scripting and how to operate video, audio and lighting equipment. Students work in teams to develop their own storyboards and scripts, followed by the production stage. The projects will be filmed and recorded by the students taking turns using all the equipment under my supervision. The final projects could be presented to the entire classroom through a discussion and reflection session or to the entire school community via an assembly or special event.