Camera Crane and Jib Arm Training

April 6 & 7, 2021 – 10:00AM – 4:30PM

Please note: due to a financial contribution from IATSE 856, this course is exclusive to IATSE 856 members and limited to 10 current members of IATSE 856’s grip department

To register: e-mail

Film Training Manitoba has designed this two-day, hands-on course to give participants the experience of working with camera cranes. 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 grip, or other film technician, you will also find this course useful.  This is a primer course suitable for participants at more intermediate and advanced 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 FordThe Haunting in ConnecticutThe LookoutNew in Town, and The Lazarus Project.

COVID-19 Policies

William F. White has a check-in form to be filled out before the course when you arrive at WFW – it consists of a few simple questions, additionally, a temperature check is required before entry into the building.

All participants and staff will follow COVID-19 Safety Regulations as put forth by the province. Everyone must wear a mask at all times indoors, adhere to physical distancing guidelines at all times (2 meters), and wash hands / sanitize after handling equipment, touching surfaces, or when entering and leaving the building.

The protocol for WFW requires that masks be worn in all indoor spaces and facilities, including workrooms, areas where staff work within 2 meters of each other, washrooms, hallways, and public spaces. Masks can be removed while eating, but individuals should take measures to ensure physical distancing during snack breaks.

Participants and staff can wear a personal cloth mask that covers the nose, mouth and chin as long as it meets the following guidelines:

  • It must be made of at least 3 layers:
    • 2 layers should be tightly woven material fabric, such as cotton or linen
    • the third (middle) layer should be a filter-type fabric, such as non-woven polypropylene fabric, or a disposable filter inserted into a pocket on the mask
  • be large enough to completely and comfortably cover the nose, mouth and chin without gaping;
  • it must allow for easy breathing;
  • fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops;
  • be comfortable and not require frequent adjustments;
  • be changed as soon as possible if damp or dirty; and
  • maintain its shape after washing and drying.

The requirement to wear a mask, even if you have no symptoms of COVID-19, adds an additional layer of precaution to our workshop health and safety.

Physical distancing is required at all times during the workshop.

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