Upcoming Workshops

    • February 06, 2018
    • March 06, 2018
    • 5 sessions
    • 5663 Cornwallis St. Suite 101
    • 10
    Register

    AFCOOP’s Intro Package is a series of intro workshops designed to give participants a balanced overview of independent film production and the elements involved in creating a project from first draft to final edit. If you want to learn how to make a film, this package is for you!

    NEW PRICE: $160/200+HST (AFCOOP members / non-members)

    Non members should consider purchasing an associate membership which saves $10 (associate membership costs $40 including tax)

    The Intro series is sold at a discount when purchased as a package and includes the following 5 workshops:

    Intro to Filmmaking 

    Feb. 6th, 6pm - 9pm


    Intro to Directing 

    Feb. 13th, 6pm - 9pm


    Intro to Screenwriting 

    Feb. 20th, 6pm - 9pm


    Intro to Cinematography 

    Feb. 27th, 6pm - 9pm


    Intro to Editing 

    March 6th, 6pm - 9pm




    • February 21, 2018
    • 18:00 - 21:00
    • 5663 Cornwallis St, Suite 101
    • 12
    Register

    In this workshop you will learn what the DMT is responsible for, how to handle digital files on-set, the essentials of backing up and what software to use.

    Note: Required for FILM 5 DMT trainees

    Price: $40/50+HST (AFCOOP members / non-members)

    Instructor: TBD




    • February 24, 2018
    • 10:00
    • February 25, 2018
    • 17:00
    • 5663 Cornwallis St. Suite 101
    • 11
    Register

    This workshop is open to the public as a part of the FILM 5 and Trainee programs. 

    This Art Department Intensive workshop will centre around what it takes to properly understand and break down a script in Art Department terms. We will look at the roles within the art department, the conceptual sketches and ideas that designers produce, the layers involved in putting sets together, and how colour affects the visceral response of a set. Finally, we will take a short film script and apply our knowledge in breaking it down and putting together concept sketches, colour palettes, and set designs. 

    Note:
    - Required for FILM 5 Art Department trainee 
    - Terry will be intensively discussing Guillermo del Toro's new film The Shape of Water and asks students to go and watch it if possible

    Day 1: Feb 24th, 10am- 5pm

    Day 2: Feb 25th, 10am- 5pm

    Price: $160/200+HST (AFCOOP members / non-members)

    INSTRUCTOR: Terry Quennell has been employed in the Film and Television Industry as an Art Director/Production Designer  for the past 20 years. He received his Masters in Architecture from Dalhousie University in 1990 and after a brief fling with life in Toronto returned to the East Coast in the late 90's and calls Timberlea home where he lives with his dog, Hannah.The course he teaches in Art Department/ Production Design for AFCOOP is a scaled back version of a 14 week University Course he taught for 5 years at NSCAD University. 


    • February 27, 2018
    • 18:00 - 21:00
    • 5663 Cornwallis St. Suite 101
    • 13
    Register

    This workshop is designed to give participants a balanced understanding of the elements involved in recording moving images for film. Participants will learn the theory of creating an image, working with the camera, working with the lighting department, and a brief overview of the equipment and tools used to create compelling imagery. 

    Price: $40/50+HST (AFCOOP members / non-members)

    Instructor: TBD


    • February 28, 2018
    • 18:00 - 21:00
    • 5663 Cornwallis Street, Suite 101
    • 11
    Register

    This workshop is open to the public as a part of the FILM 5 and Trainee programs. 

    Build a foundation for location sound recording in this informative workshop. In this course, our industry professional will provide instruction in technique, equipment and basic theory.

    Note: Required for FILM 5 Sound Recordist trainee

    Price: $40/50+HST (AFCOOP members / non-members)

    Instructor: TBD

    • March 06, 2018
    • 18:00 - 21:00
    • 5663 Cornwallis St. Suite 101
    • 12
    Register

    This workshop will cover the nuanced and intricate process of editing a film. Participants will learn about various editing styles and how they can affect the film as a whole, as well as different techniques to achieve these styles. 

    Price: $40/50+HST (AFCOOP members / non-members)

    Instructor: TBD



    • March 10, 2018
    • 10:00 - 17:00
    • 5663 Cornwallis St, Suite 101
    • 8
    Register

    This workshop is open to the public as a part of the FILM 5 and Trainee programs. 

    This one-day workshop will cover the specific functions of the AD team and provide an overview of how the AD team organizes an efficient independent film. Pre-production and production requirements will be discussed in detail including script breakdown, shooting schedules, on-set responsibilities, and co-ordination of the cast and crew.

    Nicole Holland is an independent filmmaker and works in the film industry as a member of the Director's Guild of Canada. Originally from Nova Scotia, she started her career in Toronto, training with the Canadian Film Centre and other independent productions. She has experience as an Assistant Director in film, television and commercials, working on productions such as the Mist, Mr D, Old Stock and the recent Sci Fi feature for Eastlink, Aliens With Knives. She made her first short, Nightcall, through the FILM5 program and directed a music video through the SYNC program, both at AFCOOP. She is also a trained Script Supervisor and has worked in every department at some point during her training, and holds a Bachelor's of Education. The diversity of her background is a huge asset in her role as Assistant Director.

    Note: Required for FILM 5 Assistant Director trainees

    Price: $80/100+HST (AFCOOP members / non-members)

    Instructor: Nicole T. Holland


    • March 11, 2018
    • 10:00 - 18:00
    • 5663 Cornwallis St. Suite 101
    Register

    This workshop will cover the lifesaving essentials of any life-threatening medical emergency, with particular emphasis on how to deal with scenarios while working on a film set! You'll learn how to properly perform Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and how to deal with: heart attacks, strokes, choking, how to use a defibrillator, and more. This eight hour course is an asset to any work place and will provide recognized certification in Emergency First Aid/CPR.

    Price: $80/100 (AFCOOP members / non-members)

    Instructor Brent MacRae 

    Brent MacRae has been working in both the local film industry and lifesaving community for over ten years. He's a certified health care provider instructor trainer and has even received a Lieutenant Governor Award for his work in lifesaving. When not working in production, Brent can often be found teaching lifeguarding, first aid, and martial arts. 




    • March 13, 2018
    • 18:00 - 21:00
    • 5663 Cornwallis St. Suite 101
    • 9
    Register

    What happens after all the filming has wrapped up? The post-production team goes to work! This workshops will explore the overall post-production workflow for a short film. Participants will be given an overview of the role of the DMT, off-line vs. on-line editing, colour correction, sound design, foley, audio mixing and deliverable formats. 

    Note: Required for FILM 5 Assistant Editor trainees

    Price: $40/50 (AFCOOP members / non-members)

    Instructor: Shawn Beckwith. 

    East Coast based editor and filmmaker Shawn Beckwith is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre Editors lab. After more than 15 years of experience, Shawn still enjoys spending his days collaborating with fun creative people on as many varieties and styles of films as he can edit.  His most recent collaboration includes Kevin Fraser’s Documentary “Invading Giants”, Caley MacLennan’s Feature Film “Noon Gun” and Luke Freeman’s Short Film “Cartaphilus”. For more information, please visit postbeckwith.com


    • March 20, 2018
    • 18:00 - 21:00
    • 5663 Cornwallis St. Suite 101
    Register

    This workshop is open to the public as a part of the FILM 5 and Trainee programs. 

    Learn all about the jargon, the do's and don’ts and find out what to expect your first time on a film set. This course is required for all on set FILM 5 trainees and is included as part of the FILM 5 application fee. If you have previously taken this course, you are not required to take it again.  

    (Required for all FILM 5 Trainees)

    Price: $60 (for AFCOOP members and non-members)

    Taught by: Maggie Thomas & IATSE

    • March 21, 2018
    • 18:00 - 21:00
    • 5663 Cornwallis Street, suite 101
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    The trainee meet and greet is designed to help FILM 5 teams meet with potential trainees so that the best possible matches are made. This is an opportunity for trainees to approach FILM 5 teams and express interest in working on their project. 

    The trainee meet and greet also functions as a networking event giving everyone involved a chance to get to know each other producing possible future working relationships. 

    The trainee meet and greet is only open to trainees and members of the FILM 5 program. 

    Price: FREE

Past events

February 20, 2018 Intro to Screenwriting
February 13, 2018 Intro to Directing
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