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Art Department Fundamentals with John MacNeil

October 24, 2015 - October 25, 2015


(Part of the 2015 MANITOBA FILM EXPO Series)


Thank you to DGC Ontario for assisting FTM with bringing this workshop to Manitoba.FTM_FULL_vert_2color


Saturday, Oct. 24th  &  Sunday, Oct. 25th, 2015  |  10 am – 5 pm

Red River College – Princess Street Campus, 160 Princess St.  |  Room P320



This two-day workshop will explore the structure and organization of the Art Department with regards to the roles, relationships, process and communications involved in the production of a visual story. Through group work and examples, we will define the duties, responsibilities and documentations of an art department and the cast of characters involved.


The key role of human-centered design in art department operations and defining a visual style for the look of a production will be explored in relation to technologies, budget, common vision and the photographic fundamentals involved in scenic design.


In groups, participants will be taken through the process of producing and presenting mock concept boards, set material finishes and developing directors’ plans. Attendees will map this process to vendors and procurement while surveying a set location and discovering the graphic design, legal and logistical requirements of a visual story production.


The workshop will conclude with a brief review of the impacts and effects of color in visual storytelling.


NOTE:  In addition to art department staff, this course may be of great interest and benefit to those working with sets, props, costumes, as well as other departments involved in creative design.



Course Requirement: Participants must bring a laptop computer or tablet, with Microsoft Office (or equivalent for presentations) and Adobe Acrobat Reader (for PDFs) installed, as well as a sketchpad with pencils/pens for drawing.



About the Instructor

JOHN MacNEIL obtained degrees in psychology, architectural design, and adult education for sustainability and possesses extensive experience in the screen and broadcast industries as a Designer / Facilitator.Time-Travelers-Wife-house-Christmas-tree

John enjoys collaborating while creating environments that suit the needs of various audiovisual stories. He holds credits as Production Designer, Art Director, Set Designer and Graphic Designer for an extensive range of productions.

His feature film credits as a set designer include The Time Traveler’s Wife, Hate, andthe upcoming Spotlight. As an art director, he has also worked on several TV series, including Being Erica, Satisfaction, and Street Time.

John currently serves as a voluntary committee member with the Toronto Public Art Commission, the DGC Art Department Training and Development Committee and the L’Esprit Condominiums Facilities Redevelopment process.



Film Training Manitoba Course Registration Policy

  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older to register and attend the course.
  • Participants must register in advance of the course. No drop-ins.
  • Registration is on a first come, first served basis – unless otherwise specified. Enrollment may be limited.
  • Registration for all courses, including weekend workshops, must be done between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (except holidays).
  • All registrations must be received and confirmed in-person or by telephone with an FTM staff member during office hours. We do not confirm or accept registrations via email.
  • Payment in full is required to secure a spot in an FTM course.

Course Registration

Registration can be done in one of two ways:

In Person – cash, cheque, VISA and MasterCard, and debit are accepted. (Please make cheques payable to Film Training Manitoba.) Our offices are located at 100 – 62 Albert Street, in Winnipeg’s Exchange District. We are open to the public Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

By Phone – VISA and MasterCard only. Registrations are accepted via the main line at 204-989-9669. *We do not confirm or accept registrations via email.

Cancellation Policy

  • Participants must cancel up to 4 full business days prior to the course start date to receive an 80% refund.
  • No refund will be given to participants who cancel within 4 full business days before the course start date, or if they do not attend the course.
  • Film Training Manitoba reserves the right to cancel, or postpone, any course where a minimum registration level has not been met. Participants registered for a course that is canceled will receive a full refund.

Breaks and Refreshments

All course participants are responsible for their own lunch.


October 24, 2015
October 25, 2015


Film Training Manitoba


Red River College – Princess Street Campus , Room P320
160 Princess St.
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1K9 Canada
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