The Director’s Guild of Canada presents: Building a Respectful Workplace

Presented by the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation
Monday, June 17, 9 am – 1 pm

The industry is changing, and this course is designed to help you navigate the shifting landscape. We’ll look at industry etiquette, best workplace behaviours, workplace harassment and discrimination, along with some bigger cultural elements that factor into building respectful workplaces in the #metoo era. Topics covered include understanding why harassment happens, what we can do about it, and the resources available to deal with it. Basic conflict resolution strategies are discussed, and real-life case studies are used to examine prevention, protocols, and procedures. The goal of this course is to develop a greater understanding of ourselves and how we interact with others, aiming to create and sustain positive, productive work environments.

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The Director’s Guild of Canada presents: Assistant Director Workshop

Presented by the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation
Monday, June 17 2-5pm + Tuesday, June 18 9am-5pm

Assistant Directing is a demanding career, one that requires excellent communication, listening, and organizational skills, as well as the ability to be a team player.

In this course, AD fundamentals are covered, which may be a refresher for some, but is a crucial element of building a solid foundation for a department that is dependent on teamwork. Topics covered include breaking down the duties and responsibilities of the various roles in the AD department, understanding the most valuable skills an AD can develop, looking at set etiquette and best practices, and getting into the daily details of how to survive and thrive as an AD. We will also look at workflow, how to divide up tasks, and the challenges of working with a small vs. a large team. We will also discuss the challenges of how to adapt quickly on a working film set, and how to support one another in order to create a less stressful work environment, and an efficient and effective team.

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Introduction to Pixel Art Animation with Angie Sutherland

Wed, June 19, 3pm-5pm

Gaming and filmmaking collide in this introductory dive into how to make animations that look like they jumped out of a retro arcade game. Game designer Angie Sutherland walks through the process of how she made her Nickel 48 Hour Sci-Fi Challenge film TWO (playing on June 22, closing night) and shows how you can use those same tools yourselves. Perfect for anyone interested in filmmaking or video game design.

The workshop will cover how tools like GameMaker Studio can be used in the context of filmmaking, bridging the worlds between traditional filmmaking and interactive media. It will open with Angie explaining her process, and then with the collaboration of the participants, make a pixel-art character, background, culminating in a simple animation with those materials. $20

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Cinematography: The Essentials with Duncan De Young

THU, June 20, 1pm-5pm

You can’t have Action without Lights and Camera. Spend an afternoon with accomplished local cinematographer Duncan DeYoung as he walks you through the essentials of cinematic photography, including camera operation, framing, and lighting design.

Whether you’re interested in narrative film, documentary or web video, and no matter the resources you have on hand, De Young can show you how to get that cinematic feel and help make your images pop. He’ll walk through how to effectively use a variety of cinematographic tools from beginners to more advanced, so all experience levels are welcome. $30

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Film Scoring Workshop with Duane Andrews

Musicians • Application required
Fri, June 21 + Fri, June 28

Help make a movie sing! A two-session workshop that gets into how to pair your film with the perfect music to evoke any emotion. The first session Duane Andrews will talk about his own approach to scoring for film and television. Then, participants have a week to score a short scene, with feedback from Duane.

Due to limited space, advance application is required. Please e-mail a short paragraph or resume outlining your musical background to by June 17th. $40

#Nickel19 Film School in a Day

SAT, June 22, 10am-5pm • 40 King’s Road • NIFCO

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Our super-popular series of one-hour presentations from local film professionals to give you the tools to make movies and get them out into the world. This is perfect for beginning and emerging filmmakers or people who just love gettin’ nerdy about film. $40 or $10 for individual workshops.

Screenwriting with Emily Bridger
Learn how to bring your ideas down to the page with screenwriter and filmmaker Emily Bridger. Bridger is a director, writer and actress who has been making her own films for more than ten years, including shorts Epilogue (2008), Brad (2010) and In So Many Words (2016).

Sound Recording with Michelle Lacour
“Films are 50 percent visual and 50 percent sound,” says auteur director David Lynch. Avoid the pitfalls of bad sound mixing with professional sound engineer Michelle Lacour. Lacour has a Masters degree in Sound Recording from McGill University and extensive recording and mixing experience with music and film.

Art Direction with Ane Christensen
You’ve built a beautiful world on the page, now help bring it to the screen with set design advice from Gemini award-winning local production designer Ane Christenson.

Pre-production with Celtx
Good organization goes a long way. Hear how to perfectly plan out your shoots so that everything goes smoothly when it comes time to hit record. Celtx is a Newfoundland-based software company with an all-in-one system for writing, planning, and collaborating on video and game productions used by 6 million creatives in 190 countries — so they know what they’re talkin’ bout.

Directing with Kerry Gamberg
You want to bring your unique vision to the screen, but aren’t sure how to get all of the elements working toward that goal? Michelle Jackson Award-winning filmmaker Kerry Gamberg lends her expert advice in this workshop.

Navigating Film Festivals with Jenn Brown
Once your film is complete, how do you get it out in the world? Jenn Brown, Executive Director of the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival goes through the do’s and don’ts of festival submissions.

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Nickel and MusicNL Music Video Incubator

MUSICIANS • Application required
July to August

The Nickel & MusicNL Music Video Incubator is an exciting project to help local artists create high quality music videos. This project invites bands and individual musicians to collaborate with filmmakers on a music video with professional-level mentorship and technical support. Last year we paired the band Weary with film mentor Lian Morrison whose collaboration resulted in the video “Bruise”, and this year we want to encourage that same spirit of collaboration. Film mentor Danielle Hamel — winner of the Nickel’s 2018 Emerging Filmmaker Award — will pick from a pool of applicants and work along with them to create a video. The resulting work will play as part of our 20th anniversary festival next year.

Musicians from Newfoundland and Labrador are invited to submit a song for consideration by the deadline of June 14. Free to apply. Check the website for application details.