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WORKING TOGETHER: Production Office and Assistant Directing

August 27, 2016 @ 10:00 am - August 28, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

$65 – $85

with Aaron Graham and Reed Makayev

Saturday, Aug. 27th & Sunday, Aug. 28th, 2016 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Red River College – Princess Street Campus (160 Princess St.), Room P318


$65 for any member or permit for any union (IATSE, DGC, ACTRA)                                               

$85 – FTM is able to offer this 2-day course at a greatly discounted rate!


The aim of this 2-day workshop is to look at issues that occur where the job of the Production Office team typically ends and where the On-Set / Assistant Directing team begins.


This course is recommended for those with some experience and newcomers alike.


Addressing the potential pitfalls that tend to be overlooked or not immediately dealt with during “the heat” of production, the focus will be on providing practical advice so that the working environment isn’t an intimidating one when you get your foot in the door in the Manitoba film industry.


Centring on the interaction between the Production Office and Assistant Directing departments, the topics to be covered include:


  • Learning effective and useful communication strategies and problem-solving techniques between production office and on-set personnel


  • Understanding the necessary cooperation needed to efficiently accomplish the duties of each department on any given day


  • Describing the shared information between the production office and on-set personnel when working together to create essential documents such as the DPR, call sheet, etc.


  • Explaining the proper and timely distribution process of daily production documents between the production office and on-set personnel


  • Demonstrating the various ways to keep the production team happy



About the Instructors


AARON GRAHAM is a full member of the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) and was elected to serve on the Director’s Guild of Canada – Manitoba District Council. He has worked on such local Manitoban productions as Midnight Sun, Less Than Kind: Season 4, Reasonable Doubt, Smilin’ Jack and The Pinkertons: Season 1.


Aaron also has an extensive background in freelance film writing. A partial list of his interview subjects include: Terry Gilliam, John Landis, James Gray, Richard Franklin, Charles B. Griffith, Stuart Gordon and Richard Linklater. He was also selected to the Berlinale Talent Campus at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival.


REED MAKAYEV began his film career by fluke being hired as a Locations PA in 2004. He quickly made this work his primary focus and in 2005 began studying Film Production at Confederation College (Thunder Bay). After graduating he worked entry-level positions in many departments including Lighting, Grip, and Make-Up Special Effects before deciding to become an Assistant Director. Now, twelve years later, Reed works mostly as a 2nd AD and as of this year has been elected Vice-Chair of the Director’s Guild of Canada – Manitoba District Council.






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


All course participants are responsible for their own lunches.



August 27, 2016 @ 10:00 am
August 28, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
$65 – $85