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Introduction to Camera Cranes

March 7, 2015 - March 8, 2015


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with François Balcaen


Saturday, Mar. 7th & Sunday, Mar. 8th | 10 am – 5 pm | $100

William F. White – 2073 Logan Ave, Unit 11


*** Students, IATSE 856, 669, and OSM Members qualify for a 50% DISCOUNT ***


Film Training Manitoba has designed this two-day, hands-on course to give participants the experience of working with a camera crane. Instructed by veteran film professional, Francois Balçaen, this workshop will highlight the set up, safety protocols, and operating techniques of camera cranes.

Footage captured by a crane shot can create a visually stunning sense of movement through space by capturing changes in perspective. As more and more productions take advantage of increasingly flexible and lower cost HD camera technology, they look to create films with higher production value and therefore they require tools to stabilize and capture images during camera movements.

Camera cranes are designed to move a camera during a scene and extend out from its base, allowing a camera to push in on a subject, track alongside subjects, or soar above the ground over subjects.

Using video playback, workshop participants will view the video footage from the camera rising and floating in the studio space.


Who Should Take This Course

If you are a filmmaker, camera technician, grip, or other film technician you will also find this course useful.  This is a primer course suitable for participants at all skill levels.

(Please note that this course does not provide certification for crane operation.)


About the Instructor

FRANÇOIS BALCAEN has been working in film in Winnipeg and Toronto for the past 24 years and has been a Key Grip since 1996. He has worked on such feature projects as The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Haunting in Connecticut, The Lookout, New in Town, and The Lazarus Project.




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

A lunch will be provided for participants on both days.


March 7, 2015
March 8, 2015


Film Training Manitoba


William F. White Inc.
2073 Logan Ave., Unit 11
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2R 0J1 Canada
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