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Locations: “Set Ready” Workshop

July 29, 2014 - July 30, 2014



Tuesday, July 29  &  Wednesday, July 30, 2014  |  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

William F. White  |  2073 Logan Ave, Unit 11 

with Michael Cowles and Cathie Edgar                                               


This workshop, held over two evenings, will provide an awareness and understanding of the film locations department, particularly for new entrants in the local industry who are looking to work in this department.


Participants will:

  • become “set ready”

–   learn what goes into a locations kit
–   know how to work with other departments
–   learn about obtaining city permits and how to work with the community
–   familiarize themselves with key set support elements (parking, lunch, extras holding, etc.)

  • be able to plan departmental support for the production
  • be able to develop a check list of job requirements & to do list



About the Instructors


Michael Cowles

Michael started working in the film industry in 1998 when he gained his first experience as an Assistant Locations Manager on The Clown at Midnight. He has since worked as a LM on Capote, Falcon Beach, The Lookout, Whiteout, Make it Happen and Less Than Kind and the Lazarus Project.

As an independent producer, he has worked primarily on developing television series in Canada. He also produced a documentary with GAPC for BRAVO Television (Canada) on the life of Opera soprano Maria Pellegrini. Prior to being a producer, Michael was a consultant with the Canadian International Development Agency in their television and communications branch, specifically working with African media and television, and overseeing Canadian productions on documentaries and events supporting African development. Michael was more recently Director of Training Programs for the National Screen Institute.


Cathie Edgar

Cathie was born and raised in Churchill, Manitoba, returning every summer during University days to work as a natural history guide with Parks Canada and local tour companies. Her first introduction to film was in Churchill, working as a Production Assistant on Icemen. This experience stayed with her over the years and after an 18 year career in the aviation industry, both in the North and Winnipeg, she found herself in a career transition and took the opportunity to explore the growing film industry in Manitoba. It was a quick learning curve in the first 6 months of being in the industry, going from a PA to the Location Manager on Snow Walker back in her hometown of Churchill. This was the best education possible, an absolute baptism by fire and the realization that location management definitely not for the faint of heart.

Over the past 12 years Cathie has enjoyed great work experiences on features, television series and mini series. The opportunities of working with international, national and local crew, enjoying the camaraderie and collaborative efforts to bring the projects to fruition, has been an immeasurable education.

Cathie has sat on the Manitoba District Council (Directors Guild of Canada) board since 2006, the last five years as the Chair. As the Chair she is a member of the National Executive Board of the DGC, as well as the Health and Welfare Trust. She has just recently been appointed as Chair of the National Membership and Training Committee.




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.



July 29, 2014
July 30, 2014


William F. White Inc.
2073 Logan Ave., Unit 11
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2R 0J1 Canada


Film Training Manitoba