Crew Training for the Film + TV Industry

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Entry-level training on the logistics and process of evolving a script into the visual magic of a movie.

Program status:

Training has concluded


This new, intensive pilot training program for up to 20 Saskatchewan residents introduces the logistics and process of how the written word – the script – evolves into the visual magic of a movie. The program aims to showcase career possibilities, provide connections to break into the business and inspire a passion for filmmaking.

Training is structured in two phases beginning with a series of online learning modules followed by a six-day (Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.), in-person workshop in Regina, SK.

You will learn about:

  • Production departments, how they interact with each other
  • How to break down a script; how to pull information out of the script and what to do with the information
  • How to problem solve (because there are always problems)
  • Management, budgeting and human resource skills
  • Positions on a film set and where you fit in
  • Respectful workplace policies
  • How to prepare a resume, have a good interview and get a job

Interwoven through this course of job definitions, flowcharts and paperwork is a dive into the creative. It all starts with the script. You will be immersed in the production of a film and will work with a six-scene script including available locations, sets and props. You will schedule, budget, prep, cast, scout, location survey, tech survey, shoot and edit this script using iPhone and iMovie.

At a glance

  • Monday, May 2, 2022 – Applications open
  • Thursday, May 12 at noon CT – Application deadline
  • May 20, 2022 – Selected participants notified
  • May 23-27, 2022 – Phase 1 (online training sessions)
  • May 30-June 4, 2022 – Phase 2 (in-person training sessions)

Note: All dates are subject to change.

Key information

Program dates
May 23 to June 4, 2022
Online and in person
Registration and tuition fees are funded by Creative Saskatchewan

This training is for you if:

  • You are focused, with an excellent work ethic, courteous manner and entrepreneurial spirit
  • You have a passion for the process of making films
  • You identify with one of the following underrepresented communities: 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, people from regional and remote areas, and various religious groups
  • You are a self-starter who can spot when opportunity is knocking and are not afraid to walk through the door
  • You can commit the necessary time to complete both phases of training

This program welcomes individuals who embody creativity with a passion for expressing themselves, be it tattoos, piercings or multi-coloured hair. Our industry thrives on individuals like you to bring something new and unique to the table.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be 18 or older, a Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Agree not to participate in another initiative, or have inflexible commitments, that would prevent you from fully engaging in this program

In this program, you will:

  • Hear from national industry experts and professional organizations about career opportunities within the film industry
  • Learn the essential elements of filmmaking
  • Produce a short film
  • Experience what it’s like to work in the industry
  • Complete two creative assignments for the National Screen Institute website
  • Receive a $600 stipend upon successful completion of phase 2

Program phases

Phase 1 (online, May 23-27)

To best prepare for hands-on training, you are required to take a series of online course modules designed by Film Training Manitoba. These eight learn-at-your-own pace modules must be completed as a prerequisite to enter phase 2.

Modules include:

1: Set orientation

An understanding of the filmmaking process including familiarity with the various procedures that are vitally important for day-to-day communication and scheduling. Since productions can employ many people in diverse fields, crew members rely on set etiquette for standards of behaviour, terminology and communication between departments.

2: WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System)

This module is tailored for the film industry and delivers information and the skills required to safely work with WHMIS-controlled products. Topics include: WHMIS symbols and labels, classification of controlled products, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), and controlled products handling and usage.

3: Locations

Training in the roles and responsibilities of the locations department. Topics include: the implementation of logistical plans for the production unit; professional standards of conduct including maintaining filming locations per contracts and monitoring the safety of cast, crew and the public.

4: Intro to paper

An introduction to the many forms and documents used on a film or TV project (or ‘show’). This course outlines the standard paperwork used in production offices including: the start pack, scheduling documents, call sheets, sides, the daily production report and accounting forms.

5: Safety awareness

Exploring potential hazards and procedures to follow in order to keep those around you safe and healthy. You receive instruction on the use of special protective equipment, location of first aid and emergency response equipment, and procedural information regarding reporting unsafe or potentially dangerous conditions that could affect workers, co-workers or third parties.

6: Propane safety

Practical information on the safe handling techniques of propane. You are introduced to the basics of proper storage, operation and refueling of propane cylinders, fire safety procedures and the uses of propane on set.

7: Working as an extra: intro to background performing

Designed to help new participants learn the most effective techniques for working as a background performer or extra in film and TV productions. You receive an overview of the various crew members they will meet and how to work effectively in the team environment in film and TV productions. Participants that pass the open book test will receive a certificate.

8: Introduction to post-production

Designed to demystify the various stages of post-production. You will learn the various stages of post-production while gaining an overview of best practices when working as a professional within the film and TV industry.

Phase 2 (in person) Monday, May 30 to Saturday, June 4

A six-day intensive, full-time, in-person workshop (subject to travel, health and safety protocols) at The Soundstage in Regina, SK.

Day 1 – Overview of a film project

Day 2 – Design of the project

Day 3 – Locations

Day 4 – Production prep

Day 5 – Production

Day 6 – Post-production + screening

You will receive a $600 stipend to attend the workshop.

Lunch and snacks are included. Travel expenses will be covered and a limited number of accommodations are available as needed for participants outside Regina.

Program phases

Our commitment to underrepresented voices

At the National Screen Institute we serve and help develop the gifts of Indigenous creators.

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.


Please review the FAQ below. Program manager Ursula Lawson (ur***********@ns********.ca) is happy to answer any further questions about the application process or training, and any support you may require.

Frequently asked questions

Meet the faculty


Lesley Oswald

Program Advisor

Lesley has been in the film industry in Manitoba for over 40 years. She has worked as a script supervisor, director, producer, line producer and production manager.


Ursula Lawson

Senior Programs Manager

Ursula has been with the National Screen Institute since 2004 and is the senior programs manager.

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