Debra Rurak

Coordinator/Lab Supervisor - School of Motion Picture Arts

Debra has worked as a film and television editor for the past 30 years. She has worked on approximately 70 different shows, including features, short dramas, documentaries, dramatic television series, and documentary series.

She began her editing career in the 1980’s, after graduating from the Film Production Program at Simon Fraser University. Directly out of film school she began working at the National Film Board, Pacific Region as an assistant editor on various documentaries, short dramas, and animation.

Her first job on a feature film was on Sandy Wilson’s My American Cousin. She also spent years working in Sound Editing, mainly through Sharpe Sound in Vancouver.

For years she was an active member of the IATSE 891 editing department, and was assistant editor on various American features and series filming in British Columbia.

She moved from Assistant Editor to Editor, when she began editing short dramas, documentaries and features. Tokyo Cowboy, a feature she edited, won Audience Choice award at the Vancouver International Film Festival. Another feature she edited, Harmony Cats, was nominated for a Canadian Genie Award.

Debra has been recognized for her work in editing with a Genie (Canadian Film Award), two Leos (BC Awards), a Golden Sheaf (Yorkton), and various other nominations.

Debra shifted to teaching at Capilano University part-time in the fall of 2012, and have continued to work as an editor. She is now full time and loves sharing her passion for post-production in the classroom, in both the Motion Picture Arts and Documentary programs.





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