"John Pozer [was] one of the most beloved instructors at VFS. He taught us the most precious lesson of filmmaking: to respect the efforts of the actors, actresses and every other crew member; to get the job done as smooth and delicate as possible; to set aside our arrogance and selfishness, and to replace that with compassion, respectfulness and understanding."
Amir Houshang Hashemi Tonkaboni
Educational Consultant, Movie Critic & Journalist
"John’s positive energy, challenging assignments, and constructive critiques were engaging and contributed to my appreciation of the program considerably. It was a privilege to have been mentored by someone of his experience and talent. I wholeheartedly endorse his approach to education and professional development."
Production Manager / Production Coordinator / Set Decorator
"Never afraid to give an honest critique, John was always (and still is) willing to spend the time to give objective, constructive analysis of my work. Writing, directing, producing and post - John knows the film industry inside out. But most importantly he knows how to teach. A++"
Editor / Composer
"John was a great instructor, and helped pioneer a fantastic film immersion program for Vancouver Film School. His lectures were great aids to where we were in our production process, and his personal feedback to our scripts or cuts were fantastic morsels to spur creativity when we felt burned out of ideas. His dedication to students was always evident, and his love for film transcended to us all."
John's understanding and passion for film and the craft of directing brought me to a new level of insight.
I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in film production. My supervising instructor was the original founder of the program, Dr. A. J. Reynertson (Work of the Film Director, Hastings House, 1977.) She encouraged me, challenged me, and shaped my philosophy of film school: the teacher is the education.
I completed my Masters of Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. My thesis advisor was Andre Herman, a graduate of the Polish Film School and the French School of Cinematography (IDHEC) in Paris. Many of Canada's finest filmmakers studied with Andre. He was a true mentor.