Set Orientation (In Partnership with DGC-MDC)

Date: September 7, 2024 ( 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM)
Location: FTM’s Training Space (204-245 McDermot Ave.)
Registration fee:
$60.00 – Members & permittees without a valid certificate and general public
Free – Members & permittees looking to retake the course

Register here (For Members & Permittees wanting to retake the course only!) – Set Orientation In Partnership with DGC-MDC

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About the workshop:

Set Orientation encompasses an understanding of the filmmaking process, and includes familiarity with the various procedures that are vitally important for communication and scheduling on a day-to-day basis. Since productions can employ many people in diverse fields, crew members rely on set etiquette for standards of behaviour, terminology, and communication between departments.

Set Orientation:

• Working your first days and weeks on a film set.

• Understanding the hierarchy and protocol.

• Interpreting and negotiating your deal memo.

• A breakdown of key roles (Director, Producer, PM), as well as summaries of each department.

• Explanation of paperwork (Script, DOOD, Call Sheet, etc).

• Do’s and Don’ts

Workplace Safety:

• Understanding that Workplace Safety is everyone’s responsibility.

• Learning the employers’ and employees’ responsibilities.

• Reporting safety concerns.

• Health and safety in the workplace to prevent injury, illness, disease, and death.

Respectful Workplace:

• Increasing understanding of discrimination, bullying and harassment in the workplace.

• Learning the employers’ and employees’ responsibilities.

• What is your part in creating a respectful workplace.

*Completion of Set Orientation is required for DGC, and ICG 669 permittee list status which reduces your entry requirements!

About the Instructor:

Reed Makayev began his career in the film & television industry in 2004 as many do, by being in the right place at the right time. Wanting to round out the on-the-job training he received working on set, he attended the Film Production program at Confederation College (Thunder Bay, ON.).

Upon graduating in 2007, Reed returned to Winnipeg with a more complete understanding of the filmmaking process and a hunger to continue learning. Since 2009 he has been a member of the Director’s Guild of Canada, rising through the Assistant Director department and now working as a 1st Assistant Director.

As an active member of the film community, he has held the position of Vice President of the DGC’s Manitoba District Council since 2016 and during the same time has also increased his participation as an instructor through DGC as well as Film Training Manitoba.


FTM is a non-for-profit charity and member of the Province of Manitoba’s Sector Council program funded through the Economic Development, Investment, Trade and Natural Resources. FTM builds a highly skilled and adaptable film industry workforce to support the activities of Manitoba production companies. FTM collaborates and partners with members of the film industry to identify training needs to support workforce development.

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