The Director and the Camera with John Paizs (In partnership with the WFG)

March 10 – 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
March 119:30 am to 6:00 pm
March 12 – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Location: 203 – 245 Mc Dermot Ave

Registration Fee:  
WFG & DGC-MDC members: $150.00
General: $225.00
Lecture (Day 1 ONLY): $25.00 – Click here to register – Open to public for registration


Applicants are required to provide a letter expressing their interest in attending and relevant film and media experience (e.g. production experience, training and/or education) to a maximum of 500 words. A jury will review the materials and will select the participants. 

Deadline for submission is February 24 at 12 pm.  

All applicants will be notified on February 28 and payment will be required at that time. Please note, the lecture is open to the public for registration and we encourage everyone to attend this!

Workshop Details:

Day 1: Lecture. This day is divided into four parts, the first part of this course the participants learn how to prep and shoot drama. Concepts such as master shots and coverage and the axis and the eyeline are explored. In the second part, the class deconstructs a scene from a major film in order to see how the director and editor translated the scene as scripted into the finished scene. In the third part, a number of camera-related topics are discussed including lighting and lenses. In the fourth part, visual design is examined. A range of visual design options are viewed and deconstructed with the aid of a clip reel.

At the end of day one, each participant is assigned a scene, which they will prep for and shoot with a Director of Photography.

Day 2: Shoot. Each workshop participant arrives with his or her shot-list ready to go, having incorporated the lessons learned on Day One into their game plan. They have ONE HOUR to shoot their scene. Once shot, the footage (and shot-list and the director’s preferred takes, etc.) goes to the editor for a rough assembly.

Day 3: Screening and Debriefing. Each assembly is viewed and discussed, with input from the editor. Constructive criticism will show the way to continued improvement of the participant.

Please note: No footage will be given to the participants after the lab

About the instructor:

John Paizs is a director, writer, and actor from Winnipeg. In 1985 his much-celebrated independent comedy Crime Wave premiered at the Festival of Festivals (now the Toronto International Film Festival). His second feature film, 1999’s Top of the Food Chain, is a stylish, low-budget send-up of Golden Age 50s science fiction movies.

Paizs is the former Director in Residence at the Canadian Film Centre.

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.