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.
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.
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.