This fall, a new generation of aspiring filmmakers and media production professionals will learn the tricks of the trade while producing and shooting their own films, documentaries, and more.
Red River College begins the first semester of its new Digital Media and Film Production (DMFP) post-diploma program this September. It will prepare students to get their start in the film industry with practical, hands-on training.
“Graduates of DMFP won’t just learn about production, but also funding, budgeting, the roles of the unions, and so much more,” said program coordinator Dean Cooper. “We want them to be well-rounded and prepared to seize the diverse opportunities the province has to offer.”
With courses covering traditional film production, entrepreneurship, social media content creation, visual effects, and more, students will gain versatile skills relevant to today’s industry.
Cooper says they designed the program so people of all ages with varying levels of experience could get the necessary hands-on skills to enter the workforce.
This includes highschool graduates who have already been in media vocational programs for two or three years.
“We found that students can be very intimidated entering the local film production industry,” says Cooper. “We want to partner with organizations so students not only get the experience they need, but also build connections so they can find fulfilling careers right here in Manitoba.”
The program will receive support from organizations like FTM
“We believe this program from RRC will be very important to the province,” says FTM’s Managing Director Adam Smoluk. “FTM will be happy to provide resources to RRC students as they transition into Manitoba’s dynamic film industry.”
Students will have access to custom-designed classrooms and state-of-the-art equipment in RRC’s new Innovation Centre — including personal, fully-equipped post-production stations for every student.
This gives them everything they need to create a portfolio of projects to impress potential employers in the province.
“We want to train students who will stay here in Manitoba,” says Cooper. “This adds to the pool of highly-talented media production professionals here in Manitoba, people who are very versatile and can work in many different areas of media and film.”
Cooper says the program will be launching this September with full access to equipment. The college will allow as much access to the downtown campus and Innovation Centre as safely possible under restrictions, likely resulting in a combination of in-person and remote classes.
For more information contact DMFP coordinator Dean Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org
FTM is a member of the Province of Manitoba’s sector council program funded through the Department of Economic Development and Training. FTM builds a highly skilled and adaptable film industry workforce to support the activities of Manitoba production companies. FTM collaborates and partners with members of the film and television industry to identify training needs to support workforce development output.