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 (like the Red Epic 5K and Canon C500 4K cameras).
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, Motion Graphics, Editing, Screenwriting, Production Processes and Management, and more.
SECOND YEAR ~ You will make your own 5-minute documentary, either a commercial or music video, and your own 5-8 minute Short Dramatic Film. 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 as a key creative on a combination of several 22-minute dramas, a short dramatic series, a 45-minute documentary or possibly even a full dramatic feature-length film (given we have a dream team that we judge can actually pull it off). Students will work on every aspect of these projects from pre-production to production to editing. 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 do placements on industry feature film productions and in professional post-production houses.
Simply put, our mission is to educate, create and entertain. In this day and age, with technology changing rapidly and increasing pressure to use the latest and greatest hardware, the teaching of the basics has been falling by the wayside at many film-training centres. Well, not at Canadore - 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.
Around a 4-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. Imagine all of that and a film school too!