Workshops

 

AFCOOP’s Winter Workshop Series
AFCOOP’s Winter Workshop Series presents classes in all aspects of filmmaking from screenwriting to editing and lots in between. Workshops are open to the public, some pre-requisites apply. All workshop instructors are professional and practicing filmmakers.

On-Set Training Program
Want to put the skills you learn in the workshop series to use on a film set? The FILM 5 Trainee program offers participants the opportunity to work on a professional short film shoot. For more information visit the Trainee program page.

Registration
Registration is on a first come first served basis. Workshops need to be paid in full in order for your spot to be confirmed. Payment is accepted over the phone (Visa/Mastercard), or in the AFCOOP office (debit, credit, cash or cheque). Call us 405 4474 or email office@afcoop.ca

Cost
Workshop are priced individually and are always cheaper for AFCOOP members! All prices include tax unless otherwise specified.

Membership
AFCOOP Associate membership is $40 and is good for a full year. It gives you discounts on all workshops. Sign up in the AFCOOP office or over the phone.

Cancellation policy
24 hrs in advance for an evening workshop or 48 hrs for a weekend workshop in order to receive  a full refund or workshop credit.

Location
All workshops take place at The Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative, 5663 Cornwallis Street, Suite 101, unless otherwise stated.

AFCOOP Office Hours
Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm (Thursdays 10am – 8pm)


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Workshops 

Intro to Filmmaking in Nova Scotia – January 29 – $35/45

Cinematography: a visual primer – January 30 – $35/45

Intro to Screenwriting – February 6 – $35/45

Production Managers’ Intensive – February 8 & 9 – $150/175

Advanced Screenwriting – February 10 –March 30 (weekly class running every Monday evening for 8 weeks) $220/250

Continuity & Script Supervision – February 11 – $35/45

Camera Assistant Intensive – February 15 & 16 – $150/175

Post Production Intensive – Presented by The PostMan – February 20 – $45/55

Intro to Directing – February 27  – $45/55

Assistant Directing Intensive – March 1st – $80/110

Lighting & Grip Intensive – Presented by William F. Whites – March 8 & 9 – $150/175

Audio Principals & Location Sound Recording Intensive – March 8 & 9 – $150/175

Film 5 Meet & Greet – March 11

Art Department Intensive – March 15 & 16 – $150/175

Set Etiquette – Presented by IATSE 849- March 18

Picture Editing Intensive – March 20 & 22 – $110/135

DMT – March 23 – $35/45

Intro to the C300 Camera – March 25 & 26 (evening) – $70/90

Life’s a Pitch- the basics of pitching your idea to a TV broadcaster – April 10

DSLR Magic Lantern Hack – April 23 – $35/45

Acting for Directors- April 26

Stay tuned. More workshops will be announced!

Register for workshops – click here 

Workshop Info

Intro to Filmmaking in Nova Scotia – Jan 29

This great workshop is perfect for those new to filmmaking and filmmakers new to Nova Scotia. This workshop will explore choice of medium, shooting styles, forms and the availability of resources within the region.

Instructor- Walter Forsyth

Walter Forsyth is a producer, writer and director. He is producing the feature film, The Disappeared, currently in post-production and has produced the feature documentary, CUBERS which has sold in several countries. Walter produced the viral hit, How to Be Alone and recently won the TIFF Pitch This! competition for the documentary, Leone Stars. He produced or executive produced three films that have played at the Toronto International Film Festival where he attended the Talent Lab in 2009. His film, This Tear is a Word was a finalist in the 2010 TIFF Emerging Filmmakers Challenge. As a CTV Fellow, he attended the 2011 Banff Film Festival. His award winning shorts, LSD 25 and The June Bug Symphony have played throughout the world. He likes to surf and go to film festivals.

January 29th, 2014 6:00 PM   through   9:00 PM

5663 Cornwallis St, Suite 101, Halifax, NS Phone: 902-405-4474

Event Fee  Member rate $35 Non member rate $45

 

Cinematography: a visual primer – Jan 30

The cinematographer has a unique role on set, one that is both artistic and technical. In this workshop you will explore how approaches to lighting and camera come together in communicating feelings, ideas and story telling.

Note: FILM 5 Camera Assistant trainee required workshop 

Instructor- Christopher Ball 

Christopher Ball csc began his film career at the age of nine when he discovered a home movie camera in his parent’s attic.   Several thousand feet of film and fourteen years later, he graduated from Ryerson Polytechnical University in Toronto with a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree.  Since then, his work as a Cinematographer and Camera Operator has taken him to Europe, the Caribbean and across Canada and he has developed a specialty for Arctic, adventure and aerial photography.   Christopher has shot eight theatrical feature films and one, which he shot and co-produced.   He has also worked as a cinematographer, producer, assistant director and director on award winning dramas, TV series, documentaries, commercials, short films and music videos.  Christopher’s body of work has toured numerous festivals, aired on HBO, TMN, CBC, VISION TV and several foreign broadcasters and played in theatres worldwide.   www.cbifilms.com

January 30th, 2014 6:00 PM   through   9:00 PM

5663 Cornwallis St, Suite 101, Halifax, NS Phone: 902-405-4474

Event Fee - Member rate $35 Non member rate $45

Intro to Screenwriting – Feb 5

AFCOOP is pleased to offer a screenwriting course for those with little or no experience. In this class you will learn about screenplay format, plot structure, theme, dialogue and character development.

Those wishing to continue on with screenwriting are encouraged to look into the Advanced Screenwriting course.

Instructor Bretten Hannam

A graduate of the Canadian Film Centre, Bretten is also a Fellow of the Praxis Centre for Screenwriters. In addition to receiving support for a feature script through Corus Made With Pay Fund, he was also a participant in the Atlantic Film Festival Screenwriting Lab in 2011. His current short, DEEP END, was made through the Atlantic Filmmaker’s Cooperative and has played at Frameline International Film Festival, BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film festival, and Newport Beach Film Festival, among others. He is currently developing several feature-length scripts.

February 5th, 2014 6:00 PM   through   9:00 PM

5663 Cornwallis St, Suite 101 Halifax, NS Phone: 902-405-4474

Event Fee - Member rate $35 Non member rate $45

 

Production Managers’ Intensive – Feb 8 & 9

Proper management is an important component of realizing your creative vision. This two-day crash course will teach participants about the organizational tools that help a production to run smoothly and how to manage potential production problems. Topics covered include the role of the Production Manager and team, script breakdown, budgeting, cost reporting, hiring personnel, locations and money management. Bring a calculator – there will be lots of hands-on examples.

Note: FILM 5 Trainee required workshop for Production Coordinator  

Instructor – Sean Doyle 

Sean has been an Independent Producer since 1998. His education consists of: The Canadian Film Centre’s Producer’s Lab, Rotterdam Producers Lab and the National Screen Institute’s Features First Program. Sean has worked in a variety genres including: animation, drama, comedy, horror and documentary. His films have screened in festivals in North America and Europe and have been seen on television in Canada and the United States. Sean’s skills as a producer have been greatly enhanced by working with broadcasters such as CTV, CBC, Discovery, Own & the Smithsonian Channel. In addition to Producing Sean also works as a Production Manager and has recently wrapped production on a low budget feature film entitled “Dropped” which took a Nova Scotia

February 8th, 2014 10:00 AM   through February 9th, 2014 5:00 PM

5663 Cornwallis St, Suite 101, Halifax, NS Phone: 902-405-4474

Event Fee Member rate $150 Non member rate $175

 

Advanced Screenwriting – Feb 10 to March 31

The screenwriting workshop is designed for individuals looking to develop a script. Each week, we will focus on a particular element of screenwriting and how to apply it to your project. Additionally, you will receive feedback on your writing progress from the workshop instructors and your peers. While it is not mandatory to have a completed script, it is strongly advised that you come with a clear concept of the project you intend to develop through attending the course. Feature and short scripts will be accepted.

Note: This workshop will be eight weeks long, running Monday evenings 6pm – 9pm, February 10th to March 31st

Instructors: Iain MacLeod & Bretten Hannam

Iain MacLeod is a screenwriter, story editor and filmmaker from Nova Scotia. He was educated at York University and the Canadian Film Centre. After writing and directing several short films he wrote sketch on the CBC show Street Cents before spending six seasons on Showcase Television’s Trailer Park Boys as story editor then later one of the writers. He has also had several feature films in development including the co-written Beat Down, which was produced in 2011 and had a theatrical release this past fall.

Bretten Hannam - A graduate of the Canadian Film Centre, Bretten is also a Fellow of the Praxis Centre for Screenwriters. In addition to receiving support for a feature script through Corus Made With Pay Fund, he was also a participant in the Atlantic Film Festival Screenwriting Lab in 2011. His current short, DEEP END, was made through the Atlantic Filmmaker’s Cooperative and has played at Frameline International Film Festival, BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film festival, and Newport Beach Film Festival, among others. He is currently developing several feature-length scripts.

February 10th, 2014 6:00 PM   through   March 31st, 2014 9:00 PM

5663 Cornwallis St, Suite 101, Halifax, NS Phone: 902-405-4474

Event Fee - Member rate $150 Non member rate $175

 

Continuity & Script Supervision – Feb 11

Learn from an industry professional about continuity and matching, what to watch for during filming, and how script continuity contributes to the quality and effectiveness of a film.

Note: FILM 5 Trainee required workshop for continuity assistant

Instructor – Maggie Thomas

February 11th, 2014 6:00 PM   through   9:00 PM

5663 Cornwallis St Suite 101Halifax, NS Phone: 902-405-4474

Event Fee Member rate $35 Non member rate $45

 

Camera Assistant Intensive – Feb 15 & 16

This two-day course covers the tasks associated with a being a 1st assistant camera, loader and trainee as well as the basics of camera operation. Topics covered include the working relationship with the DOP, focus pulling, slating, marking, reports, loading, 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: FILM 5 Trainee required workshop for camera assistant

 Instructor- Ruby Boutilier

Ruby Boutilier graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, with a focus on film and a desire to pursue a career in the Camera department. For 8 years she was an IATSEE 667 member and worked as a camera assistant on everything from independent shorts, to commercial videos and major motion pictures. At the same time, she has been an active member of the Atlantic Filmmaker’s Co-operative, mentoring many new artists and teaching workshops to the community. For the past 4 years she has also been part time Faculty at NSCC, teaching Camera Assisting in the Screen arts Program. In recent years, she has realized that she missed making her own films and has made that her new life priority.  She now works at NSCAD University and has started writing and shooting short films again!

Her re-introduction to directing/writing was Ken Fucks Up, a super 8mm film for the 2009 AFCOOP Super-duper Super 8 Christmas party. Teamed with Sarah Byrne, this movie was selected as audience favorite! It has since been accepted at HIFF, the Toronto Independent Film Festival, IMAF, and Silverwave. She has made 3 more short films since then, including the sequel to Ken Fucks Up, and Heavy Metal Night at Gus’ Pub.

These experiences and successes have reinforced her desire to tell stories and work with small, passionate crews. The projects Ruby wishes to pursue from now on are personal, collaborative works that strengthen her story telling abilities, and also foster and celebrate the hidden skills of the crew involved

February 15th, 2014 10:00 AM   through   February 16th, 2014 5:00 PM

5663 Cornwallis St, Suite 101,Halifax, NS Phone: 902-405-4474

Event Fee Member rate $150 Non member rate $175

 

Post-Production Intensive – Feb 20th Presented by The PostMan

What happens after all the filming has wrapped up? The post-production team goes to work! Find out from Marc Savoie and Eric LeClerc, of The PostMan, why post-production takes longer than the actual filming. With these guys you will explore,

-What is Digital Cinema?

-The role of the DMT

-Offline to online workflows, colour correction / Online – how to prepare and what can be achieved

-Mixing your movie – how to prepare, different roles

- dialogue editing, sound design, foley and mixing,

-Deliverables – DCP, HDCAM, Closed Captioning and more

-Distribution Elements

Don’t miss this great workshop!

Note: FILM 5 Trainee required workshop for Assistant Editor

Instructors – Marc Savoie and Eric LeClerc

Marc Savoie-  Ambitious. Over the past decade, Marc’s passion for storytelling and obsession with technology has defined his career. This passion has culminated in the establishment of The PostMan as the premier post facility in Atlantic Canada. As a leader in post-production, Marc is a hands-on owner, who sets the tone for outstanding quality throughout the company.

Starting out as an editor on numerous French and English language programs, he eventually moved into colour correction. In 2006, he founded The PostMan Post-Production Studio in Moncton, New Brunswick with a goal of providing high end television and film finishing to the local market. The company quickly grew, delivering hundreds of hours of content each year. In 2008, The PostMan acquired two local facilities, Studio Révoluson and Storytellers Inc., and solidified its position as the go-to post facility in the province. With a recent expansion into Halifax, Nova Scotia, The PostMan is now the largest post company east of Montreal.

Marc’s Film and television credits include: As Colorist: Call Me Fitz, Seed, Le Divan du monde, Blue Seduction, American Sunset, The Phantoms

 Eric LeClerc - Eric’s career began as a studio recording engineer for many local artists who have gone on to achieve regional as well as national recognition. After having his projects achieve multiple ECMA and Music Nova Scotia nominations, Eric changed his career route in hopes of tackling a different set of challenges.

Since starting at The PostMan Post-Production Studio, Eric has gained credits as Audio Editor and Dialogue Editor for shows like The Food Network’s ‘Chef Michael Smith’, and City TV’s ‘Seed’, as well as Sound Design and Mixing credits for a Bravo short, ‘The Luckiest Most Unlucky Man In The World’, and numerous Augmented Reality apps for mobile devices.

February 20th, 2014 6:00 PM through 10:00 PM

5663 Cornwallis St, Suite 101, Halifax, NS Phone: 902-405-4474

Event Fee - Member rate $45 Non member rate $55

 

Intro to Directing- Feb 27

Making a film involves the collaboration of many artists, all working towards a single vision, led by the director. Do you want to learn how a complex network of artists all come together to create a film? If so, the Intro to Directing workshop is the place to start! We will teach you the fundamentals where you will look at vision building, rehearsals, the casting process, shortlisting, and other tools of directing for film.

Note: If you are interested in continuing on with directing take a look at our Acting for Directing workshop and the Assistant Directing Intensive

Instructor -Scott Simpson

February 27th, 2014 6:00 PM   through   10:00 PM

5663 Cornwallis St, Suite 101, Halifax, NS Phone: 902-405-4474

Event Fee - Member rate $45 Non member rate $55

Assistant Directing – March 1st

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: FILM 5 Trainee required workshop for assistant director

Instructor- Preston Hudson

March 1st, 2014 10:00 AM through 5:00 PM

5663 Cornwallis St, Suite 101, Halifax, NS Phone: 902-405-4474

Event Fee -Member rate $80 Non member rate $110

 

Lighting & Grip Intensive – Presented by William F. Whites– March 8 & 9

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: FILM 5 trainee required workshop for grip and electrical. This workshop will be taught at William F. Whites

 Instructor Jeff Adams

March 8th & 9th, 2014 10:00 AM through 5:00 PM

Tour Tech East- 180 Thornhill Dr. Unit 2, Dartmouth, NS

Event Fee Member rate $150 Non member rate $175

 

Audio Principals & Location Sound Recording Intensive – March 8 & 9

Learn the basics of location sound recording, mixing and boom operation.  An overview of AFCOOP’s location sound equipment will be given and you will participate in some recording practices during this hands-on day.

Note: FILM 5 trainee required workshop for sound department

Instructor Trevor Snow

March 8th, 2014 10:00 AM through March 9th, 2014 5:00 PM

5663 Cornwallis St Suite 101Halifax, NS Phone: 902-405-4474

Event Fee Member rate $150 Non member rate $175

 

Art Department Intensive March 15th & 16th

This intensive course will introduce participants to the structure and roles of the Art Department of a film production. Topics will include techniques, script breakdown, planning and budgeting, tips, dos and don’ts and more.

Note: FILM 5 Art Department Trainee required workshop

 Instructor- Terry Quennell

March 15th, 2014 10:00 AM   through   March 16th, 2014 5:00 PM

5663 Cornwallis St Suite 101Halifax, NS Phone: 902-405-4474

Event Fee- Member rate – $150 Non-member rate – $175

Set Etiquette – March 18

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 dos and don’t 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 your application fee. If you have previously taken this course, you are not required to take it again.

March 18th, 2014 6:00 PM   through   10:00 PM

5663 Cornwallis St Suite 101Halifax, NS Phone: 902-405-4474

Picture Editing Intensive – March 20 & 22 

The picture editing intensive is a two-day workshop, which has been designed to get your hands dirty!  On the first day you will have a 3-hour class where you’ll learn how to approach editing, tackling workflow and learn the basic theory behind picture editing.  On day two you will end up in AFCOOP’s Final Cut Pro digital post-production suite, working one on one with your instructor!

This workshop is one evening and one weekend day 

Note: FILM 5 trainee required workshop for assistant editor 

Instructor Peter Gaskin

Peter Gaskin studied editing at Ryerson and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. He took 10 years off to run Wormwood’s Cinema before returning to film and television post production in 1997. Since 1998 he has edited episodes of Lexx, Marine Machines, Main Street Mysteries, and Forensic Firsts as well as numerous corporate videos, and independent shorts.

He has also been Post Production Supervisor of Starhunter, Ollie’s Adventures, and Voices in Time, visual effects coordinator on Lexx, and director of series three of Adventures of the Aftermath Crew.

He first used Final Cut Pro 1.0 on season 3 of Lexx in 1999.

March 20, 2014 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM & March 22, 2014 10:00AM – 6:00 PM

5663 Cornwallis St Suite 101Halifax, NS Phone: 902-405-4474

Event Fee- Member rate $110 Non member rate $135

 

DMT – Learn the role of the Data Management Technician– March 23

In the age where film is no longer the standard and digital cinematography continues to evolve, cameras come with digital mags. A data management technician (DMT) is a digital film loader, whose job is to off load the digital files on-set in a secure organized folder structure, and keep the integrity of the metadata. They work with the cinematographer to create a one light scenario and prepare the image for the next stage in post-production. In this workshop you will learn what the DMT is responsible for, how to handle digital files on-set, the essentials of backing up and what software to use. Note: FILM 5 trainee required workshop for assistant editor

 Instructor – Scott Thorne 

Scott Thorne is one of Halifax’s first professional Data Management Technicians. He is a member of IATSE 667, and has provided DMT services for film and TV since 2010. His resume includes everything from commercials to feature films like “Bag of Bones” and “Lizzie Borden Took an Axe”.

March 23, 2014 12:00PM-3:00PM

5663 Cornwallis St Suite 101 Halifax, NS Phone: 902-405-4474

Event Fee Member rate $35 Non member rate $45

Intro to the C300 Camera- March 25 & 26 

Curious about AFCOOP’s C300 camera? Have you thought about giving it a try? Not only will this workshop cover the basic technical applications from our expert camera operator but you will also be able to get creative and give the camera a try.  Once you’ve completed this workshop, you will be permitted to rent the camera.

NOTE: this workshop will run two consecutive evenings 6PM-9PM

 Instructor – Becky Parsons

March 25 & 26, 2014 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

5663 Cornwallis St Suite 101Halifax, NS Phone: 902-405-4474

Event Fee- Member rate $70 Non member rate $90

 

Life’s a Pitch- the basics of pitching your idea to a TV broadcaster – April 10

Doesn’t matter what TV program we’re talking about…Breaking Bad, Big Brother, Trailer Park Boys or Cops… all of them started with a PITCH.  A Pitch is short, but it can take years to master.  This 3-hour workshop is a good place to start.  From the key elements of a great pitch, to actually giving it a shot; Sonya Jampolsky will also share bits from her years of pitching experience, the good, the bad and the just plain embarrassing.  Be prepared to jump right in and pitch your concept for a TV program.

Instructor- Sonya Jampolsky

Sonya Jampolsky has spent hours talking to herself and anyone else that will listen to her TV show pitches.  With 15 years in the business as a director, writer, story editor and producer, she is also VP Development at Ocean Entertainment and can say she’s pitched just about every broadcaster in the Canadian and American marketplace.  It’s those pitches that have turned into TV series and documentaries like To Catch A Killer, Family Renovation, Trapped and Spice Goddess.

April 10th, 2014 6:00 PM   through   9:00 PM

5663 Cornwallis St, Suite 101 Halifax, NS Phone: 902-405-4474

Event Fee - Member rate $35 Non member rate $45

 

DSLR Magic Lantern Hack – April 23

Discover the power of Magic Lantern! A Canon DSLR third party firmware, which unlocks the camera full potential with a free, easy to install firmware has been expanded to work with the Canon t1i, t2i, t3i, 50D, 60D, and of course the 5D MkII. Videographers all around the world have tapped into this firmware in order to produce more beautiful work, helping them stand out in the crowd!

Magic Lantern provides: 14-bit RAW, manual audio control on cameras which do not natively support it, histograms while recording, focus peaking, zebra’s, waveform monitors and HDR. On camera’s like the T2i and T3i it even allows you to unlock the sensor’s native ISO’s resulting in a cleaner image! This class will teach you everything you need to know to get started with Magic lantern and make your next shoot a lot easier.

RAW post-production workflows will not be explored to their full potential in this course but will be touched on!

 Instructor David Fulde

David J. Fulde is a filmmaker from Halifax, Nova Scotia and graduate from the Centre for Arts and Technology. For two years David has been creating something new almost every week as part of his ‘Project Monday’ endeavour. Through this he has learned how to work quickly, and find the tools to allow him to do so, leading him to constantly be on top of the newest technologies accessible on a tight budget.

April 23, 2014 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

5663 Cornwallis St Suite 101Halifax, NS Phone: 902-405-4474

Event Fee - Member rate $35 Non member rate $45

 

Acting for Directors- April 26

Directors, stop on by AFCOOP this April and learn the ins and outs of the on set relationship between director and actors.  Find out how directors and actors can work together to build trust, improve on set performance, and working in a challenging creative environment.

Instructor – Angela Vernier

April 26, 2014 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM 

5663 Cornwallis St Suite 101 Halifax, NS Phone: 902-405-4474

Event Fee