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Camera Drones for the Film Industry

September 19, 2014 - September 21, 2014


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IATSE 669 New bug 2012

in partnership with I.A.T.S.E. Local 669 and Revered Cinema (RVRD)



Friday, Sept. 19th  |  7:00 pm – 9:30pm  |  $25.00

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



Saturday, Sept. 20th & Sunday, Sept. 21st  |  9:00 am – 4:00 pm  |  $200.00 

The Golf Dome, 1205 Wilkes Ave.

(Film Training Manitoba is pleased to offer training at a reduced cost to the Manitoba Film industry. This course is normally valued at $800.00 per person.)



The advent of cutting-edge camera drone technology allows for the transmission of HD quality images throughout a drone’s flight path. These drones have the capability of mounting virtually any DSLR or professional-grade video camera.

In the past, conventional aircraft have been limited in their ability to gather aerial footage from low altitudes. However, drones can be easily deployed in difficult terrain, over water and in low altitudes for a fraction of the previous costs. Because a drone emits zero pollution and very little noise, it is also suitable for aerial photography and filming in sensitive areas such as nature reserves or historic ruins.


Part 1 – Evening Lecture

This presentation is geared towards individuals who are interested in learning how drones can be utilized and deployed for production purposes. This session is targeted at production managers, producers, directors, and anyone with a general interest in drone technology with regards to filmmaking.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Safety guidelines
  • Permit process and flight restrictions (Transport Canada)
  • Types of drones and the various forms of custom drone models
  • Costs (rentals and purchases)
  • Various applications and usages for drones
  • Types of cameras that can be mounted
  • Flight times and lift capacity

Part 2 – Practical Sessions

Over the course of two days, participants will be involved in a series of practical demos utilizing a variety of drone models. Participants will learn about the features, benefits, and best use cases of the various camera drone technologies.

These comprehensive sessions are designed for participants who are looking to learn about the full technical aspects and practical elements of operating drones. This workshop is targeted towards camera department personnel, technicians in the lighting department, and filmmakers.



About the Instructors

JASON TOTH has been involved in film since his early pro snowboard days filming with Warren Miller in Lake Tahoe. He has been a compositor, compositing supervisor, onset VFX supervisor, commercial stills photographer, cinematographer and director. These skills helped Jason start two very successful post houses where Electronic Arts used his studios for some of their largest game franchises. He currently builds aerial rigs to fly the largest of cameras.

DEREK HEIDT is a former pro snowboarder who spent several years traveling and working alongside the sports industry’s top photo/cinematographers, Warren Miller Films, and as an athlete in the 1998 Nagano Olympics. Since retiring from pro snowboarding, Derek has worked as an Assistant Camera on hundreds of television shows, features and commercials. Derek also has 1000′s of hours working with specialized remote camera head systems on sets for Filmotechnic, which have given him invaluable training for RVRD’s camera gimbals.



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 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 lunch.


September 19, 2014
September 21, 2014


Film Training Manitoba