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Camera Assistant Trainee Course – 2017

February 27, 2017 @ 10:00 am - March 3, 2017 @ 5:00 pm


in partnership with IATSE 669, SIM Digital, and William F. White

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Monday, February 27th to Friday, March 3rd, 2017 | 10 am – 5 pm

William F. White  |  2073 Logan Ave, Unit 11



(Film Training Manitoba is pleased to offer training at a significantly reduced cost to the Manitoba Film industry. This course is valued at $1,750 per person.) 

NOTE: Lunch is included on all 5 days. 


The Course 

The purpose of the camera trainee course is to provide the basic set of skills needed to work on a Western-based union set (BC, AB, SK, MB, Yukon, Northwest Territories). This course is structured to give participants an introduction to cinematography within a union environment. The emphasis will be on the camera department, specifically the duties of a camera trainee who is working towards becoming a 2nd camera assistant.

This course will be taught in a combination of lecture and hands on teaching techniques. The course will follow a typical day in the life of a trainee; from getting the call to work, arriving at the truck, going to set, and so on. Topics will include safety, protocol, equipment, marking, slating, and trainee duties on set.

Upon successful completion of this trainee course, participants may be accepted into the IATSE 669 Camera Trainee Program. The ultimate aim of the trainee program is to produce working 2nd camera assistants in the IATSE 669 union whose skills and professionalism create a desirable environment for productions considering shooting in Western Canada.

NOTE:  While not required for this course, those wanting to pursue membership with IATSE 669 will be required to complete the following 3 online courses: Set Orientation, WHMIS, and Safety Awareness.


Written and Practical Exam 

On the final day, participants will be expected to take and pass a final written and practical exam. A passing grade of

85% and above is required to be formally accepted into the IATSE 669 Trainee Program.

How to apply:

Please send your completed, scanned camera trainee applications to by February 17, 2017, 5PM, PST.  If you have any questions or concerns about the trainee program, please contact:

Kat Yee

Training / Admin Assistant

IATSE Local 669


All candidates must include:

  1. Camera Trainee Top Sheet:
  2. Letter of Intent
  3. Resume
  4. Copies or proof of enrolment of mandatory certificates (WHMIS, Set Orientation, Set Safety)
  5. (3) letters of reference
  6. Proof of valid driver’s license
  7. Legally entitled to work in Canada (proof of residency, citizenship, work permit with no restrictions

About the Instructors


CALEY GIBSON has worked his way up in the camera department to his current position as a first/second camera assistant. He has employed his skills on a many number of productions that have filmed in Manitoba over the years, including The Exorcism of Molly Hartley, Curse of Chucky, Home Alone: The Holiday Heist, and Mother’s Day.



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

Lunch will be included on both days.


February 27, 2017 @ 10:00 am
March 3, 2017 @ 5:00 pm