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September 17, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


with Charles Konowal, CSC


Saturday, September 17th, 2016  |  10:00 am – 5:00 pm  |  $75

William F. White | 2073 Logan Ave, Unit 11


FTM is pleased to offer this introductory course with master cinematographer Charles Konowal, CSC.

During this one-day workshop, the instructor will discuss as well as demonstrate the many modern cinema tools available today in documentary production. Participants will have the opportunity to shoot footage and be critiqued.

Documentary cinematography is a balance between technical prowess and artistic expression. The documentary film is often at the mercy of real time, real people and real events, and may only give their filmmakers one opportunity to capture life as it unfolds.

The documentary cinematographer’s role is to interpret the story using various techniques to maintain a certain perspective, mood and visual style. Another important role of the cinematographer is to work in collaboration with the director to realize their vision of the film. The look and the story telling approach are

part of the cinematographer’s responsibilities.


Part I (morning)

The instructor will discuss the cinema tools available today in documentary production. The discussion will include the various methods of incorporating camera movement, framing and light to be used to interpret the story being told.

The concept of the “documentary team” will be discussed, along with the importance of sound and what roles can be multi-tasked when shooting a documentary. The instructor will show the participants example footage to illustrate the ideas put forward. The session will be an informal presentation open to questions and interaction with the participants.

Part II (afternoon)

Participants will then be broken into smaller groups where they will receive hands-on instruction. During this portion of the workshop, they will shoot a series of documentary set ups and then the instructor and participants will dissect the footage in a group setting.


About the Instructor

CHARLES KONOWAL is a cinematographer with years of experience in both drama and documentary production. His career as a cinematographer started in the mid 70’s with a documentary film about modern day Japan, titled Ritual, which was part of a PBS anthology series. During the 80’s and the 90’s he worked with the NFB on numerous award-winning productions. During that time he also had the opportunity to produce and direct several films including the The Defender and the NFB Prairie Studio’s first feature documentary Fat Chance, which went on to win a Peabody Award.

In 2013, Charles produced and photographed Arctic Defenders the award winning feature documentary with John Walker Productions which tells the remarkable story that began in 1968 about a radical Inuit movement that would change the political landscape in Canada forever. It led to the largest land claim in western civilization, orchestrated by young visionary Inuit with a dream – the governance of their territory – the creation of Nunavut.

Charles continues to explore the world of documentary production as a director and cinematographer. Most recently he directed and photographed Visiting Day, the award-winning film for CBC, and the feature documentary Ain’t About the Money, an intimate portrait of a modern day bluesman. He currently has three feature documentaries in development.




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 (credit & debit) 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 provided for course participants.


September 17, 2016
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Unnamed Venue
2073 Logan Ave + Google Map