Upcoming Workshops

    • April 24, 2018
    • 18:00 - 21:00
    • 5663 Cornwallis. Suite. 101
    • 19
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    Marketing Workshop:
    In today’s film landscape, viewers are spoiled for choice in ways we could never before imagine, from online streaming to cinemas once traditionally focused on new releases now diversifying their entertainment offerings to draw audiences. Grasping for dominance, the big studios now question the viability of individual film endeavours like never before. Never has it been harder to get an independent film MADE, let alone seen. 

    But with immense challenge comes great opportunity - the busy, frenetic crowded marketplace of the internet has also yielded hyper-niche audience groups free to find each other and pursue their unusual interests through a shared community focus. And if you know where to look, you can find the exact audience most likely to be thrilled by the story you’re hoping to tell. 

    It's up to us as film marketers not just to capitalize on this kind of zeal, but also to deploy low-cost, high-return digital opportunities to gain ground with niche audiences groups, endearing them to our aims and turning them into vocal project enthusiasts even long before the cameras roll.

    This marketing workshop offers a no-nonsense approach and a easy-to-follow checklist to plan how your marketing will take advantage of these opportunities - and how you can start now, even before pre-pro.
    Price: $45/55 (Member/Non-Member Tax Included)

    Instructor: Sarah Riley
    Sarah’s multifaceted background has led her to executive roles at the intersection of business development, marketing, and brand and product strategy for the creative industries. As a digitally-focused brand strategist at Halifax-based ad firm Impact, she built brands and planned launch campaigns for businesses like Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia, the Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax Pop Explosion, FITC, NSCAD; films like DETENTION, WEIRDOS, BLACKBIRD, ROLLERTOWN; TV shows like ADDISON; Artists like JEFF ROSEN and LUXI STUDIOWORKS; commercial film for SUPPLY and DEMAND and HUMBLE.TV, and countless local startups (even winning a GOLD Ice Award during her tenure at IMPACT). Driving consumer engagement for innovative and niche products and creative offerings is her number one passion.

    • May 01, 2018
    • 18:00 - 21:00
    • 5663 Cornwallis. Suite. 101
    • 19
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    The Adobe Premiere workshop will provide a beginners look at editing, basic effects and even colour correcting a project from start to finish all within the program.

    Registration for this workshop comes with 4 hours use of AFCOOP's media suite.

    Price: $45/55 (Member/Non-Member Tax Included)
    Instructor: Dave Mullins

    David Mullins is an 11 year veteran of the film industry, spending most of his time in Post Production as an editor and online editor for both film and TV. He just finished a gardening series, Transition Garden currently airing on Bell TV.


    • May 01, 2018
    • 18:00
    • May 15, 2018
    • 21:00
    • 5663 Cornwallis Suite 101
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    The Spring Editing Series will give participants a comprehensive introduction to post-production use three popular programs: Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects and Da Vinci Resolve.

    Series Package Price: $95/120 (Members/Non-Members)

    Spring Editing Workshop #1 Adobe Premiere Pro Workshop
    Instructor: Dave Mullins

    Date: Tuesday, May 1st, 6 - 9 PM

    Registration for this workshop comes with 4 hours use of AFCOOP'S media suite. 

    The Adobe Premiere workshop will provide a beginners look at editing, basic effects and even colour correcting a project from start to finish all within the program.

    David Mullins is an 11 year veteran of the film industry, spending most of his time in Post Production as an editor and online editor for both film and TV. He just finished a gardening series, Transition Garden currently airing on Bell TV.

    Spring Editing Workshop #2 Adobe After Effects Workshop
    Date: Tuesday, May 8th, 6 - 9 PM
    Instructor: Josh Owen

    Josh is teaching an introductory course to Adobe After Effects showing simple and effective tools within the program to pull of special effects using live action footage. The goal of this workshop is to learn how After Effects may be useful for your film projects and some of the pitfalls that come with "fixing it in post". We'll talk about green screen removal, rotoscoping, masks and key framing along with general After Effects workflow management.

    Josh Owen is an animator, writer, director and freelance sound recordist who has been working in the film industry since graduating Screen Arts at NSCC in 2015. He recently finished an animation commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, "Billy's Behemoth Blast" that was commissioned by AFCOOP and CBC. He is currently editing/animating his next film, "Ghoulish Galactic Grievances" His films have played at Festival Du Nouveau Cinema, Toronto After Dark, Halifax Independent filmmakers festival and Regarde. 

    Spring Editing Workshop #3 Da Vinci Resolve Workshop
    Date: Tuesday, May 15th, 6 - 9 PM
    Instructor: Dave Mullins

    The DaVinci Resolve workshop will give users a run through of how to get your project into resolve from other editors. You will learn how to work with its basic tools and understand more about how colour can affect your film, all to get you on your way to to making it the best it can be.

    David Mullins is an 11 year veteran of the film industry, spending most of his time in Post Production as an editor and online editor for both film and TV. He just finished a gardening series, Transition Garden currently airing on Bell TV.

    • May 08, 2018
    • 18:00 - 21:00
    • 5663 Cornwallis. Suite. 101
    • 20
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    Josh is teaching an introductory course to Adobe After Effects showing simple and effective tools within the program to pull of special effects using live action footage. The goal of this workshop is to learn how After Effects may be useful for your film projects and some of the pitfalls that come with "fixing it in post". We'll talk about green screen removal, rotoscoping, masks and key framing along with general After Effects workflow management.

    Price: $45/55 (Member/Non-Member) tax included

     Registration for this workshop comes with 4 hours use of AFCOOP'S media suite. 

    Josh Owen is an animator, writer, director and freelance sound recordist who has been working in the film industry since graduating Screen Arts at NSCC in 2015. He recently finished an animation commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, "Billy's Behemoth Blast" that was commissioned by AFCOOP and CBC. He is currently editing/animating his next film, "Ghoulish Galactic Grievances" His films have played at Festival Du Nouveau Cinema, Toronto After Dark, Halifax Independent filmmakers festival and Regarde. 


    • May 10, 2018
    • 18:00 - 21:00
    • 5663 Cornwallis St Suite. 101
    • 18
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    Have you been itching to get your hands on our newest piece of equipment... the MoVI Camera Stabilizer? On Thursday May 10th AFCOOP is hosting a free demo night where you'll learn how this piece of gear works, get it in your palms, experiment and have fun! The demo night will be led by AFCOOP's technical coordinator Lauren Dial. If you don't know her yet, it's about time you meet her! 

    There is room for 20 people in this class so please register for free on wild apricot in advance.

    • May 15, 2018
    • 18:00 - 21:00
    • 5663 Cornwallis. Suite. 101
    • 20
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    The DaVinci Resolve workshop will give users a run through of how to get your project into resolve from other editors. You will learn how to work with its basic tools and understand more about how colour can affect your film, all to get you on your way to to making it the best it can be.

    Price: $45/55 (Member/Non-Member Tax Included)

    David Mullins is an 11 year veteran of the film industry, spending most of his time in Post Production as an editor and online editor for both film and TV. He just finished a gardening series, Transition Garden, currently airing on Bell TV.

    • May 19, 2018
    • May 21, 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • 5663 Cornwallis. Suite. 101
    • 3
    Register

    Handmade Emulsion

    You may have heard of DIY and eco-processing for film, but did you know you can make your own emulsion too?  Enter the world of chemistry and darkroom magic and create an unwashed B+W silver gelatin emulsion on 16mm film. Handmade emulsions have a distinct and wonderful look to them that cannot be duplicated by other means and provide a wonderful basis for nearly-endless experimentation. In this 3-day workshop participants will learn how to create their own emulsion for celluloid film from scratch.

    Participants will gain an understanding of the basic film emulsion chemistry and will create a simple, raw, low ISO black and white film stock using three key ingredients in the production of a silver-based emulsion: gelatin, potassium bromide, and silver nitrate. We will collectively shoot some handmade emulsion and then hand-processed it.  See the results by the end of the session. The workshop is aimed at both experienced practitioners and beginners, and includes all film stock, chemistry, supplies and workbook. Topics include: emulsion creation and handling; film coating techniques; DIY; processing; troubleshooting.

    Price: FREE for AFCOOP members, $60 non-members (tax included)

    Instructor: Lindsay McIntyre

    Lindsay McIntyre is a Canadian film artist of Inuit/Scottish descent working with analog film. Her process-based works circles themes of portraiture, place, form and personal histories with strong links to Canada’s North. She has created 30 short films and does film projection performance. Her works involve experimental and documentary techniques, and since 2011, handmade emulsion.  She holds an MFA in Film Production from Concordia in Montreal and a BFA with Distinction from the University of Alberta. Lindsay will be in Halifax in May and early June, taking part in an artist residency through AFCOOP.

    This workshop series is generously supported with funding from Arts Nova Scotia and the Canada Council for the Arts.



    • May 24, 2018
    • 18:00 - 21:00
    • 5663 Cornwallis. Suite. 101
    • 4
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    Film Manipulation / Destruction

    There is a rich history of manual film manipulation and cameraless filmmaking - scratching, bleaching, cutting and pasting and much more! See some of the best of the best and learn how it’s done. Take your experimental filmmaking to the next level with this fun evening-long workshop.

    Price: FREE for AFCOOP members, $20 non-members (tax included)

    Instructor: Lindsay McIntyre

    Lindsay McIntyre is a Canadian film artist of Inuit/Scottish descent working with analog film. Her process-based works circles themes of portraiture, place, form and personal histories with strong links to Canada’s North. She has created 30 short films and does film projection performance. Her works involve experimental and documentary techniques, and since 2011, handmade emulsion.  She holds an MFA in Film Production from Concordia in Montreal and a BFA with Distinction from the University of Alberta. Lindsay will be in Halifax in May and early June, taking part in an artist residency through AFCOOP.

    This workshop series is generously supported with funding from Arts Nova Scotia and the Canada Council for the Arts.



    • May 26, 2018
    • June 03, 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • 5663 Cornwallis. Suite. 101
    • 0
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    JK Optical Printer

    The optical printer was the most important piece of kit in special effects before the 1990s when computers took over.  For the experimental filmmaker, its importance hasn’t changed. Optical Printing allows filmmakers to re-photograph strips of film and other images onto 16mm. Typically used for creating titles and effects or for copying and restoring old film material, filmmakers take advantage of the machine’s flexibility to use for experimental film projects.

    Learn the basics of optical printing with AFCOOP’s JK Optical Printer in this hands-on workshop. Topics include: capture of any film format, blowing up Super 8 to 16mm, digital conversion and analogue special effects including step and skip printing, speed changes, blow ups, masking, travelling mattes, titles and other fun effects. Hands-on exercises over two weekends will familiarize participants with this versatile piece of equipment.

    Price: FREE for AFCOOP members, $60 non-members (tax included)

    Instructor: Lindsay McIntyre

    Lindsay McIntyre is a Canadian film artist of Inuit/Scottish descent working with analog film. Her process-based works circles themes of portraiture, place, form and personal histories with strong links to Canada’s North. She has created 30 short films and does film projection performance. Her works involve experimental and documentary techniques, and since 2011, handmade emulsion.  She holds an MFA in Film Production from Concordia in Montreal and a BFA with Distinction from the University of Alberta. Lindsay will be in Halifax in May and early June, taking part in an artist residency through AFCOOP.

    This workshop series is generously supported with funding from Arts Nova Scotia and the Canada Council for the Arts.



    • June 02, 2018
    • 10:00 - 17:00
    • 5663 Cornwallis. Suite. 101
    • 1
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    Handmade 16mm Camera

    In this workshop, Lindsay McIntyre will show you how to make one of the simplest and earliest photographic devices - the pinhole. We’ll go over the basics of pinhole photography and you’ll understand how light, aperture, focal length and the camera obscura come into play. You’ll learn how to construct your own 16mm motion picture pinhole camera from scratch and how to use pinhole lenses on other motion picture cameras.  We’ll also test out our new devices and hand-process the results. Handmade cameras are yours to keep after the workshop.

    Price: FREE for AFCOOP members, $20 non-members (tax included)

    Instructor: Lindsay McIntyre

    Lindsay McIntyre is a Canadian film artist of Inuit/Scottish descent working with analog film. Her process-based works circles themes of portraiture, place, form and personal histories with strong links to Canada’s North. She has created 30 short films and does film projection performance. Her works involve experimental and documentary techniques, and since 2011, handmade emulsion.  She holds an MFA in Film Production from Concordia in Montreal and a BFA with Distinction from the University of Alberta. Lindsay will be in Halifax in May and early June, taking part in an artist residency through AFCOOP.

    This workshop series is generously supported with funding from Arts Nova Scotia and the Canada Council for the Arts.



Past events

April 17, 2018 Budgeting & Taxes for Artists
April 07, 2018 Advanced Analogue Intensive
March 27, 2018 Respect on Set
March 23, 2018 FILM 5 Application Fee
March 21, 2018 FILM 5 Trainee Meet & Greet
March 20, 2018 SET ETIQUETTE Workshop
March 13, 2018 FILM 5 Post-Production Workflow
March 11, 2018 First Aid on Set
March 10, 2018 FILM 5 Assistant Directing Intensive
March 06, 2018 Intro to Editing
February 28, 2018 FILM 5 Location Sound Recording
February 27, 2018 Intro to Cinematography
February 24, 2018 FILM 5 Art Department Intensive
February 21, 2018 FILM 5 Role of the DMT
February 20, 2018 Intro to Screenwriting
February 13, 2018 Intro to Directing
February 06, 2018 Intro Series Package
February 06, 2018 Intro to Filmmaking
February 03, 2018 FILM 5 Camera Assistant Intensive
January 30, 2018 Introduction to Documentary
January 27, 2018 FILM 5 Production Manager's Intensive
January 24, 2018 FILM 5 Trainee Info Session
January 23, 2018 Grant Writing Workshop
January 20, 2018 Avalon: Workshop in Sexualized Violence & Trauma Informed Practice
November 25, 2017 Languages of NS - Filmmaking Weekend Workshop: L'nui'simk / Mi'kmaq
November 25, 2017 Eco-Processing Film
November 21, 2017 Intro to Editing
November 18, 2017 Languages of NS - Filmmaking Weekend Workshop: Maritime Sign Language / American Sign Language
November 15, 2017 Working with Film
November 15, 2017 Working with Film / Eco-Processing Package
November 14, 2017 Intro to Directing
November 11, 2017 Languages of NS - Filmmaking Weekend Workshop: French
November 07, 2017 Intro to Sound for Film
November 04, 2017 Languages of Nova Scotia: Filmmaking Weekend Workshop - Farsi
November 01, 2017 Short Film Masterclass with LuLu Keating
October 31, 2017 Intro to Cinematography
October 24, 2017 Script Clinic Series
October 24, 2017 Intro to Screenwriting
October 17, 2017 Intro Series Package
October 17, 2017 Intro to Filmmaking
September 26, 2017 FILM 5 Info Session
August 22, 2017 FILM 5 Prep Course #3: Creating Your Dream Team
August 15, 2017 FILM 5 Prep Course #2: Producing is Fun!
August 12, 2017 Caffenol and Beyond Workshop
August 08, 2017 FILM 5 Prep Course #1: Script Clinic
August 02, 2017 FILM 5 Screening & Info Session
May 09, 2017 How To Apply To Film Festivals / FREE Info Session
April 18, 2017 Intro to Sketch Writing
April 10, 2017 Taxes for Filmmakers
March 28, 2017 NSI Features First Info Session
March 21, 2017 Intro to Editing
March 16, 2017 Trainee Meet and Greet
March 12, 2017 Assistant Directing
March 11, 2017 Location Sound Recording
March 09, 2017 Set Etiquette Workshop
March 07, 2017 Intro to Cinematography
February 28, 2017 Intro to Screenwriting
February 25, 2017 Camera Assistant
February 16, 2017 Directors Guild of Canada – Atlantic Region Council Info Session
February 11, 2017 Art Department
February 07, 2017 Intro Series Package
February 07, 2017 Intro to Filmmaking
January 28, 2017 Production Manager's
January 17, 2017 Film 5 Trainee Info Session
December 11, 2016 Documentary Masterclass with John Walker
December 10, 2016 SCREENING: Quebec My Country Mon Pays
December 08, 2016 Colour Correction
December 06, 2016 Intro to Editing
November 29, 2016 Intro to Sound for Film
November 22, 2016 Intro to Production Design
November 19, 2016 Re-Imagining The Short Film: Directing Masterclass
November 18, 2016 Re-Imagining the Short Film: Screening
November 15, 2016 Intro to Lighting
November 10, 2016 Small Gauge Filmmaking
November 08, 2016 Intro to Cinematography
November 06, 2016 Documentary Masterclass with Christine Molloy
November 03, 2016 Writing for Horror
November 01, 2016 Intro to Documentary
October 27, 2016 Free Info Session: Grant Application with Arts NS
October 25, 2016 Intro to Directing
October 24, 2016 Script Clinic Series
October 18, 2016 Intro to Screenwriting
October 11, 2016 Intro Series Package
October 11, 2016 Intro to Narrative Filmmaking
October 04, 2016 Free Info Session: Working with the C300 MKII
September 11, 2016 Documentary Masterclass with José Luis Guerin
September 10, 2016 SCREENING: The Academy of Muses
April 10, 2016 Sound Editing *FILM 5
March 26, 2016 Assistant Editing *FILM 5
March 24, 2016 Location Sound Recording FILM 5
March 20, 2016 First Aid on Set
March 19, 2016 Assistant Directing *FILM 5
March 17, 2016 Post-Production Workflow *FILM 5
March 15, 2016 Set Etiquette *FILM 5
March 12, 2016 Art Department Intensive *FILM 5
March 10, 2016 The Role of the Data Management Technician *FILM 5
March 01, 2016 Intro to Distribution
February 23, 2016 Intro to Editing
February 16, 2016 Intro to Documentary
February 13, 2016 Camera Assistant Intensive *FILM 5
February 09, 2016 Intro to Cinematography
February 02, 2016 Intro to Screenwriting
January 30, 2016 Production Managers' Intensive *FILM 5
January 26, 2016 Intro to Directing
January 19, 2016 Intro to Filmmaking
January 19, 2016 Intro Series Package
January 05, 2016 How to Make Comedies Good
December 01, 2015 Writing For Horror
November 24, 2015 Intro to Distribution (Short Films)
November 17, 2015 Intro to Editing
November 10, 2015 Intro to Lighting
November 03, 2015 Intro to Sound
October 27, 2015 Intro to Cinematography
October 20, 2015 Intro to Directing
October 19, 2015 Advanced Screenwriting
October 13, 2015 Intro to Screenwriting
October 08, 2015 Copyright Issues for Filmmakers - FREE talk
October 06, 2015 Intro Series Package
October 06, 2015 Intro to Filmmaking
May 28, 2015 INTRO TO CELLULOID ANIMATION
May 26, 2015 INTRO TO DIGITAL ANIMATION
May 19, 2015 Animation Package Deal
May 19, 2015 INTRO TO ANIMATION: ARTIST TALKS & SCREENINGS
April 02, 2015 How To Start A Production Company
March 31, 2015 Intro to Directing
March 29, 2015 Emergency First Aid On Set
March 26, 2015 Picture Editing Intensive *FILM 5
March 25, 2015 Intro to Filmmaking in NS
March 24, 2015 FREE Tech Workshop: Kessler Pocket Jib and CineSlider
March 21, 2015 Sound Editing Intensive *FILM 5
March 21, 2015 Lighting and Grip Intensive *FILM 5
March 14, 2015 Camera Assistant Intensive *FILM 5
March 12, 2015 Set Etiquette
March 10, 2015 Post Production Intensive *FILM 5
March 07, 2015 Art Department Intensive *FILM 5
March 05, 2015 The Beautiful Social Doc
March 01, 2015 Assistant Directing *FILM 5
February 26, 2015 FREE Tech Workshop: New Lectrosonics SRB and SMQV Wireless LAV System
February 25, 2015 Intro Package Deal
February 25, 2015 Intro to Screenwriting
February 24, 2015 Intro to Working with Actors
February 21, 2015 Location Sound Recording Intensive *FILM 5
February 17, 2015 FREE Info Session: Casting
February 12, 2015 Cinematography: A Visual Primer *FILM 5
February 09, 2015 Advanced Screenwriting
February 07, 2015 Production Managers’ Intensive *FILM 5
February 05, 2015 Intro to Directing
February 04, 2015 DMT – Learn the role of the Data Management Technician *FILM 5
February 03, 2015 Continuity and Script Supervision *FILM 5
January 22, 2015 Intro to Screenwriting
January 20, 2015 Intro Package Deal
January 20, 2015 Intro to Filmmaking in NS
December 09, 2014 Comedy Writing In Film…Ha!
November 08, 2014 Just Shoot It! A DIY filmmaking workshop
November 03, 2014 Grant Writing
October 28, 2014 Intro to Screenwriting
October 09, 2014 Intro to Directing
October 06, 2014 Intro to Filmmaking in NS
October 02, 2014 Intro to Filmmaking Series
October 02, 2014 Intro to Screenwriting
September 04, 2014 FILM 5 Info Session
August 12, 2014 Practical Magic – Practical Effects on a Shoestring
July 22, 2014 Hand Processing Small Gauge Film $45/$55
July 15, 2014 Small Gauge Filming (8 or 16MM) $40/$50
July 02, 2014 Short Film Distribution $35/45
June 10, 2014 HIFF Screening - Centre For Art Tapes 35th Anniversary Screening
June 10, 2014 HIFF Screening - Tower
June 09, 2014 HIFF Screening - Atlantic Auteurs
June 09, 2014 HIFF Screening - imagineNative Showcase | Shorts Program
June 08, 2014 HIFF Screening - Asphalt Watches
June 08, 2014 HIFF Screening - Reprogrammed
June 07, 2014 HIFF Screening - Ken Fucks Up
June 07, 2014 HIFF Screening - Manakamana
June 07, 2014 HIFF Screening - East of Ordinary
June 06, 2014 HIFF Screening - AFCOOP 40th Anniversary Shorts 1990's & 2000's
June 06, 2014 HIFF Screening - AFCOOP 40th Anniversary Shorts 1970's & 1980's
June 06, 2014 HIFF Festival Pass 2014
June 01, 2014 Bunker 6 Screening
May 20, 2014 How to Apply to Film Festivals - Free Workshop
May 07, 2014 Volunteer Orentation
April 29, 2014 "Reel Justice" Screening during Mayworks
April 24, 2014 AFCOOP's Spring General Meeting
April 10, 2014 Life’s a Pitch- the basics of pitching your idea to a TV broadcaster