FILM 5 Trainee Program

REGISTER NOW: AFCOOP’s FILM 5 Trainee Workshops 

The FILM 5 Trainee Program is a hands-on training program for aspiring technical crew. Paralleling the Creative Team component of FILM 5, the Trainee program provides participants with high quality classroom training, practical on-set instruction and networking opportunities.

On the FILM 5 sets, trainees work under key crew-members from the local film industry. Keys are industry professionals responsible for running their department, and for providing guidance and leadership to the trainees. Trainees leave the production having networked with industry crew, with practical experience and resume references.

The FILM 5 Trainee workshops can be taken as a prerequisite for the working on one of the FILM 5 shoots and are also open to the public. For detailed information regarding the trainee program please visit our website:

FILM 5 Trainee Program Workshops:

Art Department
February 11th & 12th 10:00am-5:00pm
This Art Department Intensive workshop will centre around what it takes to properly understand and break down a script in Art Department terms. We will look at the roles within the art department, the conceptual sketches and ideas that designers produce, the layers involved in putting sets together, and how colour affects the visceral response of a set. Finally, we will take a short film script and apply our knowledge in breaking it down and putting together concept sketches, colour palettes, and set designs.
Note: Required for FILM 5 Art Department Trainees
Price: $160/200 (AFCOOP members / non-members)

Camera Assistant
February 25th & 26th 10:00am-5:00pm
This two-day course covers the tasks associated with a being a 1st assistant camera person and trainee as well as the basics of camera operation. Topics covered include the working relationship with the DOP, focus pulling, slating, marking, reports, light meters roles in the department, the industry as a whole and the next steps to take, priorities of an assistant – Setting up camera, changing locations, which gear to take first, weather gear and so much more.
Note: Required for FILM 5 Camera Assistant Trainees
Price: $160/200 (AFCOOP members / non-members)

Lighting and Grip
March 5th 10:00am-5:00pm
Come to learn the fundamentals of on set electric and grip practices in this exciting two day workshop. In this course, our industry professional will provide instruction in distribution systems, working with various lighting fixtures, basic theory and much more.
Note: Required for FILM 5 Grip & Electrical Trainees
Price: $80/100 (AFCOOP members / non-members)

Set Etiquette Workshop
March 9th 6:00pm-9:00pm
This workshop, taught by a local IATSE member, will run through the unique culture that is a film set. Lean all about the jargon, the do’s and don’ts and find out what to expect your first time on a film set. This course is required for all on set FILM 5 trainees and is included as part of the FILM 5 application fee. If you have previously taken this course, you are not required to take it again.
Note: Required for all FILM 5 Trainees
Price: $60 (for AFCOOP members and non-members)

Location Sound Recording
March 11th 10:00am-5:00pm
Build a foundation for location sound recording in this informative workshop. In this course, our industry professional will provide instruction in technique, equipment and basic theory.
Note: Required for FILM 5 Sound Recordist Trainees
Price: $80/100 (AFCOOP members / non-members)

Assistant Directing
March 12th 10:00am-5:00pm
This one-day workshop will cover the specific functions of the AD team and provide an overview of how the AD team organizes an efficient independent film. Pre-production and production requirements will be discussed in detail including script breakdown, shooting schedules, on-set responsibilities, and co-ordination of the cast and crew.
Note: Required for FILM 5 Assistant Director Trainees
Price: $80/100 (AFCOOP members / non-members)

Trainee Meet and Greet
March 16th 6:00pm-9:00pm
The trainee meet and greet is designed to help participating FILM 5 teams meet with potential trainees so that the best possible matches are made. This is an opportunity for trainees to approach FILM 5 teams and express interest in working on their project. The trainee meet and greet also functions as a networking event giving everyone involved a chance to get to know each other producing possible future working relationships. The trainee meet and greet is only open to trainees and members of the FILM 5 program.

How to become a FILM 5 Trainee
To become a Trainee crew member, you must take the required workshops for your desired position, pay the $60 application fee (which includes the mandatory Set Etiquette Course), come to the Trainee/Team Meet and Greet and submit a resume, cover letter and application form.

AFCOOP Membership 
Become an Associate Member and save! AFCOOP Associate Membership is only $40 for a full year. You will save an average of $10/workshop. You can register on line when you purchase a workshop or call the office to register over the phone – (902) 405 4474.

Registration: Workshops must be paid for in full in order to confirm your spot. You can register online through our online registration software ( or if you’d prefer to pay via cash/cheque/debit you can do so in person in the AFCOOP office (5663 Cornwallis Street, Suite 101) open 10am – 5pm Monday – Friday or over the phone – (902) 405 4474.

FILM 5 is presented by the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative with the assistance of the Province of Nova Scotia and Telefilm Canada. Training is made possible through the generous support of DHX Media Ltd. FILM 5 sponsors include: William F. Whites International, SIM Digital, Current Studios, 902 Post, The Hideout Studio, Trew Audio, CBC, IATSE 849, IATSE 667, the Directors Guild of Canada, the Atlantic Film Festival Association and The Coast.