A blue, white and purple graphic. The white text reads “BIPOC Creators Process & POV” and just above it to the right is a stylized antique movie camera.
Mar 28 – Workshop: Process and POV for BIPOC Creators – 3pm
TOsketchfest shows are created for an adult audience. Content may include some dirty language, suggested sexual content, suggested mild drug use and/or adult themes. Some material may not be appropriate for audience members under 18. Parental discretion is advised.
Instructor Darrell Faria will lead Process and POV: Creating Meaningful Characters in the Digital Space, a video workshop for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) comedy creators.
The class will be an interactive exploration of creative writing in the digital space with an emphasis on Process and POV. The class will examine video projects from prep to production to post, with a focus on creating a pitchable product for broadcasters and streaming platforms. Attendees can look forward to tips and tricks on creating video work from your point of view, writing, shooting, branding, tools and tech, and industry insights.
With over 15 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Darrell Faria is a triple threat: director, writer, and comedian. He has a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Performance in Digital Media (2016) and a Canadian Comedy Award nomination (2015) in the same category. His directorial work has won T.O. Webfest awards (2020), and the TOSketchfest award for Outstanding Comedy Short (2020).
Last year he completed his 3rd digital series as a director: “Bit Playas” on CBC Gem, a comedy about nerds-of-colour trying to make it in showbiz. He is currently guest directing on CBC’s “Tallboyz”. As a writer, Darrell has written for commercial clients such as Hot Wheels (Mattel) and he has written/directed live and digital sketches for clients such as The Canadian Screen Awards. He has completed The Second City Writer‘s Conservatory.
As an actor, Darrell was the head instructor at the Mississauga Youth Theatre for five years while studying in school as filmmaker. Some of his acting credits include his Entertainment Weekly cited performance in Hallmark’s “The Santa Suit” and in a leading role in Bell Media’s “Fare Trade”.
But perhaps his most on-the-map presence is as his comedy/rap persona: Chai-T. Chai-T is a fictional rap character that is written and performed by Darrell. In the vein of Ali G or Borat, Chai-T creates the illusion of being a real rapper both live and in his social media. Chai-T performs all over Toronto: from Comedy Bar to The Great Hall. He had viral success on his “Drake’s Best Friend” campaign (Buzzfeed, BlogTO, Flo 93.5, etc.). Chai-T’s latest project: rap-reviewing a full season of “This Is Us” engaged many cast members, writers, directors and producers of the hit NBC show. Chai-T gave a high-energy opening performance at “Rapp Battlez 100”, which was noted as one of the “Top 5 live comedy shows of 2018” by Now Magazine.