Introduction to the Construction Department with Russell Normand

When: October 22, 2022 10 AM to 4 PM (includes an hour lunch break)
Where: 300-245 McDermot Ave – 4th floor classroom
Price:  IATSE 856 $25
General/non-union – $30

About the course:

During this one-day training session, veteran film professional Russell Normand will provide an introductory course on the construction department for the film and television industry.

This course will provide participants with a greater knowledge of the workflow of the construction department during the stages of film production.

Using a combination of practical instruction, the course will cover the following topics:

  • What to expect from the construction department?
  • The job classifications and descriptions of the construction department
  • Safe workplace practices
  • Common construction materials and tools used by construction department with examples
  • Construction department minimum qualifications

About the instructor:

Russell Normand entered the film industry in 2003. Since then he has worked on over 50 feature films and T.V. productions. And has worked as a scenic carpenter, head carpenter, And construction coordinator. 

Russell entered the Manitoba Apprenticeship program in 1994 and attended Red River Collage where he achieved his journeyman ticket as a cabinet maker in 1998. 

During his work history in the film industry he has worked on some of the largest productions in Manitoba like “SHALL WE DANCE”,” WHITE OUT”, “CAPOTE”, and “FRACTURE”. 

Now Russell has developed a course on introducing new carpenters to the film industry by sharing some of his experiences and the ins and outs of the construction department and the vital part it plays in the Manitoba film industry.


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.

FTM is a non-for-profit charity and member of the Province of Manitoba’s sector council program (through the Department of Economic Development and Jobs). FTM conducts workforce development and training to build a highly skilled and adaptable film industry 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.