WELCOME TO CANADORE COLLEGE'S
& APPLIED FILMMAKING PROGRAM
About the Canadore College Digital Cinematography program
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 both the technical and artistic skills necessary to tell great stories. In addition to creating competent filmmakers in their own right, we also produce highly technically-competent, employable, film industry professionals. Most of our graduates begin working on film sets immediately.
In the program, students learn HANDS-ON with industry-standard filmmaking equipment within the first few classes. 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.
FIRST YEAR ~ You will make two of your own short fiction films, including a short silent film and one 3-5 minute sync-sound dramatic film. You will also crew on at least 10-20 sets while learning the basics of writing, directing, producing, production design, film history, editing, sound recording, sound post-production, lighting, grip skills and of course, the art of cinematography.
SECOND YEAR ~ You will make your own 3-5 minute documentary film AND your own 5-8 minute Short Dramatic Thesis Film! You will also take course in Motion Graphics, Documentary, Sound Design and Mixing, Advanced Directing, Editing, Advanced Post-Production, Advanced Writing, Advanced Cinematography 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 achieving film industry standard speed and workflows, working with bigger crews, and achieving industry quality production values. 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 design, sound-mixing, graphics and colour grading. Third Year students are often able to gain real-world experiential learning opportunities on industry feature film & television productions. The year culminates in a massive showcase of student work at the Galaxy Cinema 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 rapid technological changes 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.
Well, not at Canadore College! 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.
Watch some of our student films on our Vimeo Page!