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Ric Beairsto

Citizen based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Joined on Sep 19, 2013
Expertise in Entertainment, Books, Movies, Technology


Ric Beairsto is an award-winning screenwriter, director and producer who has been active in the Canadian film and television industry since 1980. He has written more than a dozen feature-length screenplays, and his TV writing credits begin with The Beachcombers for CBC and extend to Mixed Blessings, broadcast by APTN, where Ric was the Creator and Head Writer. Ric has also written, directed and produced extensively in the area of nonfiction film, including both one-hour and documentary series for CBC and Knowledge. His recent documentary production Picture Start was produced for Bravo! and released in 2011, telling the remarkable story of the world-renowned ‘Vancouver School’ of photoconceptual artists, chief among them Jeff Wall, Rodney Graham and Ian Wallace. In 2012 Ric wrote, directed and edited a documentary essay called What Happyns, exploring the convergence of opinion which occurs when a group of elderly lawn bowlers are asked the identical set of questions as are a group of youthful skateboarders.
Since 1987, Ric has also taught screenwriting on a part-time basis at various post-secondary institutes, including the Vancouver Film School, The Interior Film and Television Centre, Trinity Western University, Langara College, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and UBC, where he has actively workshopped more than 1500 short screenplays. He is the author of THE TYRANNY OF STORY: Audience Expectations and the Short Screenplay, first published in 1998, and now available in a revised 2nd edition. The book is about story form in general, and short screenplay form in particular, and has been used as a regular textbook in over a dozen North American film schools, including UCLA and the American Film institute.

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