WELCOME TO CANADORE COLLEGE'S
& APPLIED FILMMAKING PROGRAM
Who we are and what we do
At Canadore College's Digital Cinematography and Applied Film Making Program we don't just talk about making films, WE MAKE THEM!
Our goal is to equip learners with the individual, team, technical and artistic skills necessary to tell great stories. Over a 3-year program, we lead students on a journey of applied learning, using the tried-and-tested techniques that have evolved over 130 years of filmmaking while engaging the latest cutting-edge filmmaking technologies.
Within the first few classes, students are HANDS-ON, using industry-standard filmmaking equipment and beginning the process of becoming great artists and storytellers. At the same as helping people reach their artistic potential, we also producing highly technically-competent, employable, film industry professionals.
FIRST YEAR ~ You will make three of your own short fiction films, including two short silent films (one black and white and one colour) and one 3-5 minute sync-sound dramatic film. You will also crew on at least 10 sets other than your own, while learning the basics of writing, directing, producing, editing, sound, after-effects, lighting, rigging and, of course, the art of cinematography. Courses include Cinematography, History of Cinema, Production Art Design, Editing, Screenwriting, Production Processes and Management, Post Production Sound and more.
SECOND YEAR ~ You will make your own 3-5 minute documentary film, either a PSA or music video, and your own 5-8 minute Short Dramatic Thesis Film. You will also take course in Motion Graphics, Sound Design and Mixing, Directing, Advanced Post Production, Writing, and Producing. Students crew on each other's films and you'll likely be working on more than one production, every single week.
THIRD YEAR ~ The best scripts/proposals will be selected from the group and you will work on these films with your entire class with a focus on film industry standards, working with bigger crews, and achieving industry quality & speed of production. Students will work on every aspect of these projects from pre-production to production to post-production. These works will be finished to the highest degree of polish in terms of sound-mixing and colour grading. While working as crew on films in production, Third Year students often are able to gain experiential learning opportunities on industry feature film productions and in professional post-production houses. The year culminates in a gala showcase of student work on the big screen that is open to the public.
Simply put, our mission is to educate students in the processes that go into creating entertaining, emotive and informative films. In this day and age, with technology changing rapidly and increasing pressure to use the latest and greatest hardware (which we have), the teaching of the basics has been falling by the wayside at many film-training centres. Not at Canadore College! We do both. We place a strong emphasis on the basics of the art of story telling, while also applying the newest technology to accomplish this task while achieving world-class production values.
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Where Are We?
Canadore College is located on the shores of Lake Nipissing in beautiful North Bay, Ontario, Canada.
Only a 3.5-hour drive from Ottawa or Toronto, North Bay is known as the 'Gateway to the North'. A city of 54,000, it has all the big city amenities you'll need, like shopping, live theater, music venues, movies and of course, both a college and university. It's also located right in the midst of the natural beauty of 'The Near North' making it easy to get away from it all to hike, rock-climb, kayak, boat or sail, canoe, swim, or fish. In the Winter there is snowmobiling, down-hill skiing, cross-country skiing, kite-boarding, ice-fishing, snowshoeing or ice-climbing. Yep, rocks trees and water in every combination.
The Northern Ontario Film Industry is also booming. Last year over $100 million dollars worth of film production happened in the North. These productions are being crewed, in part by graduates of the Canadore College Digital Cinematography program.
Imagine all of that and a film school too!