FTM Launches New Distance Education course “Working as an Extra: Intro to Background Performing”

now online.

The province’s dynamic film and television industry has a new training course available through Film Training Manitoba (FTM)’s fully online training platform. Working as an Extra: Introduction to Background Performing is designed to prepare performers for background roles in projects produced in the province.

“The film industry changes quickly and Film Training Manitoba and the team of programmers specifically developed Working as an Extra: Intro to Background Performing as a clear and practical learning tool to support the growth of our industry,” said Extras Casting director, Shelly Anthis. “This course is for anyone who wants to get their start in the film industry, and I can’t think of a better way than working as a background performer/extra.”

The $35 course can be completed in under three hours. After passing an open book test, participants will receive a certificate of completion. In the materials, participants will receive an overview of the various crewmembers that they’re likely to come into contact with and how to work effectively in the team environment in film and television productions.

Over a dozen Manitoba based industry professionals supported the development of this course to aid in growing Manitoba’s film industry workforce. Canada’s performer union, ACTRA, was directly involved in the curriculum development. 

“ACTRA Manitoba endorses the creation of this new FTM course, being highly useful for background performers entering Manitoba’s film industry or even for people refreshing their knowledge of working in production,” said Rob Macklin from ACTRA Manitoba.

Before launching this course, FTM conducted surveys, participant evaluations, and industry consultations that identified the need for this course offering. 

“FTM’s business intelligence indicated that background performing has been an important entry-point into the province’s film industry workforce.  We worked with an exceptional group of industry professionals to create and launch this important and affordable new training,” said FTM’s Managing Director Adam Smoluk.

FTM’s Board of Directors also supported the new training from concept to delivery. 

“FTM’s mandate is workforce development of the province’s film industry and this new course provides an innovative strategy to support both training and industry recruitment,” said FTM’s Chairperson Andrew Yankiwski.

You can register online here. Select ‘Working as an extra’ from the list of courses.

FTM is a member of the Province of Manitoba’s sector council program 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 with members of the film and television industry to identify the training needs within the community.

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