WHAT KINDS OF JOBS ARE THERE ON A FILM SET?
There can be over 100 people employed on a film set at any given time. From set dressing to transportation, everyone plays an important role in the making of a film. Film Training Manitoba has a comprehensive list of all jobs on a film set. Film Training Manitoba also keeps track of the needs of the film industry and where the employment opportunities lie.
HOW CAN I FIND WORK ON A FILM SET?
Film Training Manitoba has an array of internship and mentorship programs that offer on-the-job training for those interested in working as crew in the film industry. Their website offers a comprehensive breakdown of options available to Manitobans. They also offer training and guidance for actors who want to work in film.
I WOULD LIKE TO STUDY FILMMAKING. WHERE CAN I GO?
There are film schools all over Canada that offer terrific film programs. Visit the Screen-Based Media Training Database to look for the program that might best suit your needs.
The University of Winnipeg currently offers a Bachelor of Arts in Filmmaking. This program is part of the university’s Department of Theatre and Film. The University of Manitoba offers a degree in Film Studies which focuses on both the theory and hands-on aspects of filmmaking.
WHERE DO I FIND WORK AS A PERFORMER OR AN EXTRA ON LOCAL PRODUCTIONS?
Extras or background performers are generally hired by local casting companies. Anyone involved in casting will require a photo and resume before they can consider you for a role. If they have your photo/resume on file, casting agents will contact you when an appropriate opportunity presents itself. Sending your photo and resume directly to a film production very rarely results in any response – they usually hire casting agents to find talent for them.
Casting Directors in the city include:
Jim Heber Casting (Jim Heber)
Wpg, MB., R3C 3R2
Phone Number: 204-253-4977
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Academy of Acting offers courses in film, television, theatre and musical theatre. Each course in the diploma program is acting-based.
The Actors Training Centre of Manitoba offers courses mainly in screen acting. Classes are intensive and offered at several different levels.
The Acting Studio Winnipeg is a place where actors and filmmakers come together to work on their craft.
Film Training Manitoba also offers workshops and apprenticeships for actors.
Red River College offers a two year Creative Communications program with a focus on Media Production.
I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A FILM. WHO CAN HELP ME FIND WHAT I NEED?
The Winnipeg Film Group offers their members equipment, rentals, small grants for first time filmmakers, workshops and opportunities to network with other filmmakers (potential mentors and crew).
Video Pool provides their members with access to professional video and media equipment, small grants to help them make their first video and training opportunities.
National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) provides training, development and production support through courses like NSI Totally Television, NSI Drama Prize, NSI New Voices, NSI Features First, NSI Aboriginal Documentary, Script to Screen and NSI Lifestyle & Reality Series Producer.
Manitoba Film & Music offers a series of programs aimed at the development, production and marketing of projects shot in Manitoba
The Manitoba Arts Council offers funding for dramatic, experimental, animated, films and videos made by Manitobans.
HOW DOES UNION MEMBERSHIP WORK IN MANITOBA?
Please note that in Manitoba, most long-form film and television productions are under union contract and as such first employ their members. To find out more, please visit the relevant union websites:
WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SHOOTING IN MANITOBA?
Manitoba Film & Music (MFM) can assist you with questions regarding filming in the province, as well as Manitoba’s Film and Video Tax Credit. The MFM website also contains a comprehensive locations photo gallery.
Manitoba Film & Music
Phone: (204) 947-2040
On Screen Manitoba can assist you with information regarding our members and general information about our local production industry.
On Screen Manitoba
Phone: (204) 927-5898