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2020 Spring Basic Filmmaking Class


The Basic Filmmaking Workshop is a series of workshops held over a 3 month period during evenings and some weekends, and provides an intensive introduction to independent filmmaking. All steps and processes are covered from creative conception to the final cut – including the basics of screenwriting, directing, producing, camera operation, lighting, sound and editing. During the course, the participants will be exposed to the process of shooting and editing a short film and short video. In the class, students will get the opportunity to write their own short 3 – 5 minute screenplay. Two to four screenplays will be chosen to be filmed by the class during the film shoot classes happening on a Saturday and Sunday listed below in the class schedule. The films will be shot on a Sony A7S2, Sony A6500, Sony FS7 or the RED ONE camera.

  • Screenwriting – Thurs. March 12, 2020 (7-10PM) Media Lab
  • Screenwriting – Fri. March 13, 2020 (7-10PM) Media Lab
  • Pre-Production – Fri. March 20, 2020 (7-10PM) Media Lab
  • Directing- Thurs. March 26, 2020 (7-10PM) Black Lodge Studio
  • Directing- Fri. March 27, 2020 (7-10PM) Black Lodge Studio
  • Camera part 1 – Thurs. April 2, 2020 (7-10PM) Black Lodge Studio
  • Camera part 2 – Fri. April 3, 2020 (7-10PM) Black Lodge Studio
  • Lighting and Grip – Thurs. April 9, 2020 (7-10PM) Black Lodge Studio
  • Sound – Thurs. April 16, 2020 (7-10PM) Black Lodge Studio
  • Production Meeting  – Fri. April 17, 2020 (7-10PM) Black Lodge Studio
  • Short Film Shoot Day 1 – Sat. April 18, 2020 (10:00AM-4PM) Black Lodge Studio & Media Lab
  • Short Film Shoot Day 2 – Sun. April 19, 2020 (10AM-4PM) Black Lodge Studio & Media Lab
  • Editing – Thurs. April 23, 2020 (7PM-10PM) Black Lodge Studio
  • Editing lab – Sat & Sun. May 2 & May 3, 2020 (10AM-2PM) Media Lab

There are only 10 spots available for this workshop.


Notice Given:                                           Eligible for:

At least 7 days prior to start date             Full refund

7 days to 48 hours prior to start date     Full refund less 20% administration fee

Less than 48 hours prior to start date     No refund

-The Winnipeg Film Group reserves the right to cancel any course where the minimum registration has not been met. Anyone registered for a course that has been cancelled is eligible for a full refund, Cancelled course fees may also be used towards any other Winnipeg Film Group training programs.

Assistance and accommodations are available to participants with disabilities. Please call or email us for more information:

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The Winnipeg Film Group is an artist-run education, production, exhibition and distribution centre committed to promoting the art of cinema.
our location

We’re located in the heart of Winnipeg's historic Exchange District in the Artspace building. We are across the street from Old Market Square at the corner of Arthur Street and Bannatyne - one block west of Main.

The Winnipeg Film Group is located on Treaty 1 Territory and on the ancestral lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene Peoples and in the homeland of the Métis Nation. We offer our respect and gratitude to the traditional caretakers of this land.