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Camera Assistant Trainee Course – 2019

January 27 - January 31

9:00am – 5:00pm

Location: William F. White – 2073 Logan Ave  |  Unit 11 $380 About the workshop The purpose of the camera trainee course is to provide the basic set of skills needed to work on a Western-based union set (BC, AB, SK, MB, Yukon, Northwest Territories). This course is structured to give participants an introduction to cinematography within a union environment. The emphasis will be on the camera department, specifically the duties of a camera trainee who is working towards becoming a 2nd camera assistant. This course will be taught in a combination of lecture and hands on teaching techniques. The course will follow a typical day in the life of a trainee; from getting the call to work, arriving at the truck, going to set, and so on. Topics will include safety, protocol, equipment, marking, slating, and trainee duties on set. Upon successful completion of this trainee course, participants may be accepted into the IATSE 669 Camera Trainee Program. The ultimate aim of the trainee program is to produce working 2nd camera assistants in the IATSE 669 union whose skills and professionalism create a desirable environment for productions considering shooting in Western Canada. NOTE:  While not required for this course, those wanting to pursue membership with IATSE 669 will be required to complete the following 3 online courses: Set Orientation, WHMIS, and Safety Awareness.   Written and Practical Exam On the final day, participants will be expected to take and pass a final written and practical assessment. A passing grade of 80% and above is required to be formally accepted into the IATSE 669 Trainee Program.

APPLICATIONS: All applications must be submitted on 8.5 x 11 paper, and paper clipped in a full-size envelope. It is important that you do not staple anything, nor place in a binder or folder.

**Incomplete applications will not be considered or kept on file.

Applicants that have previously applied or have sent in incomplete applications must reapply with a new application.**

Complete applications must be compiled in the following order:
  1. Completed application form: Camera Trainee Application Form
  2. Letter of Intent, addressed to the attention of the Trainee Committee
  3. Resume must follow this format: Resume Template
  4. Minimum (3) reference letters
  5. Photocopies of the mandatory course certificates  – WHMIS, Set Orientation, Set Safety (or registered date of courses. Please NoteApplicants who intend to work to in BC must also complete the “Motion Picture Safety 101 – General Safety Awareness (MPGSA)” through Actsafe, as this is mandatory for any individuals working under the BCCFU Master Agreement.
  6. Photocopy of valid driver’s license and proof of vehicle registration and insurance
  7. Legally entitled to work in Canada (Proof o Residency, Citizenship, Work Permit with no Restrictions)
There is a $50 non-refundable application fee. This can be paid by Cheque, or Visa / MasterCard over the phone. Applications must be mailed to the ICG 669 office.
For all the details on how to apply and an outline of next steps click here: http://bit.ly/2rdeLqB   About the Instructor CALEY GIBSON has worked his way up in the camera department to his current position as a first/second camera assistant. He has employed his skills on a many number of productions that have filmed in Manitoba over the years, including The Exorcism of Molly HartleyCurse of Chucky, Home Alone: The Holiday Heist, and Mother’s Day.   *********************************************************************************** Film Training Manitoba is committed to creating an inclusive and healthy workplace where participants, instructors, and staff are treated with dignity and respect. We will not tolerate any forms of harassment and reserve the right to remove any patron creating an unsafe environment.     


January 27
January 31