Saskatchewan: New crew training program wants to help you break into the film and TV industry

NSI Crew Training for the Film + TV Industry

Rachel Young

Outreach and Engagement Lead

Make connections to break into the business, learn about the many career possibilities and discover how a script evolves into on-screen magic.

Applications are now open for National Screen Institute’s new intensive pilot program, Crew Training for the Film + TV Industry, presented by Creative Saskatchewan.

This entry-level program is designed for Saskatchewan residents aged 18 or older to learn the logistics and process of how a script evolves into on-screen magic. The program aims to showcase career possibilities, provide connections to break into the business and inspire a passion for filmmaking.

Up to 20 applicants will be selected and there is no fee to apply or participate. Selected participants will receive a $600 stipend upon successful completion.

“The National Screen Institute has a stellar track record of developing talent across Canada and we are thrilled to bring this training initiative to Saskatchewan. We’ve been working closely with our partners at SMPIA and National Screen Institute to tailor this program to meet the needs of Saskatchewan’s film and television production industry,” says Erin Dean, CEO of Creative Saskatchewan.

“We’re confident that this training will be a strong step in strengthening Saskatchewan’s labour force, and with our 2022-23 programming launching today, this could not come at a better time.”

Applications are now open. Deadline to apply is May 12, noon CT

Training begins with a series of online learning modules which introduce participants to different aspects of the industry, including script writing, set orientation, locations, background performing, post production and essential paperwork.

Once completed, participants will begin phase two by delving into a six-day intensive, full-time, in-person workshop. Participants will experience what it’s like to work in the industry and immerse themselves in the production of a short film.

Participants will schedule, budget, prep, cast, scout, location survey, tech survey, shoot and edit their project using an iPhone and iMovie.

This is an intensive two-week training program. Applicants must dedicate up to 30 – 35 hours during phase one and be available for the entire phase two in-person workshop in Regina, SK (Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

About Creative Saskatchewan

Creative Saskatchewan is the economic development agency for Saskatchewan’s creative industries. Creative Saskatchewan unlocks the potential of the creative industries and fuels the economic engine of homegrown talent, converting creativity into cashflow. The agency’s investments propel creative entrepreneurs as they create, perform, innovate, and export in their pursuit of commercial success.

Creative Saskatchewan funds seven industry associations, amplifying their members’ skills, and helping them build extraordinary careers.

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About the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)

Propelled by a visionary network of donors, private and public organizations, board members and staff, the National Screen Institute supports creators from across Canada to tell unforgettable stories. Through industry-informed training and mentoring in film, television and digital media, students and alumni find their voice and place on the global stage, inspiring us to shape a better world.

We are committed to training participants from a diverse community of voices including Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning and two-spirit (LGBTQ2S+), people with disabilities, those outside large urban centres, those from regional and remote areas and various religious groups.

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Rachel Young, Outreach and Engagement Lead

The National Screen Institute is supported by: Core Funders: Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage, the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council; Benefactors: TELUS, Telefilm Canada, Canada Media Fund (CMF), Department for Women and Gender Equality (WAGE); Patrons: CBC, Creative Saskatchewan; Builders: APTN, TikTok Canada, Indigenous Screen Office (ISO), The Winnipeg Foundation; Indigenous Training Programs Partner: Directors Guild of Canada; Strategic Sponsors: Manitoba Film & Music, Bell Media, RBC Emerging Artists, documentary Channel, CBC Gem, Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD), Alberta Film Commission, Manitoba Arts Council; Industry Partner: National Film Board of Canada; Friends: Ontario Creates, Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), Bell Fund, Stantec, William F. White International, Company 3.