Winter Programming at the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative

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A quick look at upcoming workshops and artists talks planned for February and March. 

The New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative have started the year off with a fresh, new website outlining upcoming public programs as well as member activities, public screenings and whatever else you could ever hope to learn about the province’s number one resource for new, emerging and established filmmakers.

The co-op’s winter workshop series gets underway in February with four public workshops happening between February 7 and March 23. There will also be artists talks March 5 and 19. All of these events will take place online and are offered free of charge. Registration is required to reserve your spot. Space is limited. 

Here’s a quick look at what’s coming up:


Intro – Filmmaking 101 (Set Etiquette) | February 7 | 7-8 p.m. | Instructor: Britany Sparrow

Set etiquette establishes the code of acceptable and expected behaviour on a film set. This course for newcomers to the film community will teach what to expect when you are called to work on a film set and what you are supposed to do when you arrive on set. This workshop will provide you with a vocabulary and details about the chain of command in the film crew. Find out who does what, the behaviour that is expected of you, and how to make sure you make a good impression.

Screenwriting – How to Set Yourself Up For Success in a Visual Medium | February 9 | 7-8 p.m. | Instructor: Gordon Mihan

The screenplay is the backbone of narrative visual storytelling. Directors can direct phenomenally, actors can act their hearts out, and cinematographers can effectively capture the world but without a proper script supporting them, it will all inevitably fall short. In this workshop we will discuss how screenwriting is an incredibly powerful storytelling medium and how to effectively write a story that will eventually be translated from the page to the screen. Topics will include narrative structure, visual metaphor, theme, dialogue, formatting and so much more!

Intro to Production Design | March 16 | 7-8 p.m. | Instructor: Arianna Martinez

In this workshop we will be going over the basics of production design, starting with where to begin. We’ll be covering script breakdowns, colour theory, mood boards, locations, and working on a tight budget. This workshop will give you helpful tools to focus your design and bring it to life!

Seeking Screens: Navigating the Film & TV distribution landscape | March 23 | 7-8 p.m. | Instructor: Sandy Hunter

Pre-pandemic, the film & TV distribution landscape was already undergoing a seismic shift, with streaming and digital platforms overtaking traditional broadcast and theatrical outlets as the go to means for content consumption. Now, after nearly two years of disruption, digital platforms are more important than ever. Meanwhile, for independent content creators, the path to having their work released to reach broad audiences has never been less certain. This session, presented by NB-based digital distribution expert Sandy Hunter, will offer insights and clarity into the how existing business models such as broadcast and theatrical are evolving and, into the inner workings of the new Wild West of in-home, on-demand platforms operating across SVOD (Subscription Video On Demand), TVOD (Transactional Video On Demand) and AVOD (Advertising-based Video on Demand).

Artist Talks

In Conversation with Stunt Performer Michael Laricchia | March 5 | 11-12 p.m. 

Michael is a stunt performer and coordinator with 5+ years of experience in the Toronto entertainment scene, working with clients such as Lucasfilm, Netflix, and Apple. Now located in Fredericton, NB, he is excited to engage with the NB Film Co-op membership and wider creative  community and share his skills with everybody.

Michael will also be hosting an in person hands on stunt workshop for the NB Film Co-op when things open up in the spring/summer.

In Conversation with Camera, Editor, and 3D Animator Dave Stuart | March 19 | 12-1 p.m. 

Dave Stuart has 26 years ENG/EFP experience shooting and editing for broadcast television with CTV and CBC. He spent 10 years at CTV Atlantic working as a shooter/editor in the Commercial Production department. He also has been creating 3d animation/motion graphics since 1996. He has worked on 5 seasons of Gemini nominated “Frontiers of Construction” and also 5 seasons of “Mega Builders” for Discovery Channel Canada. His work has been seen in over 50 countries around the world. Other highlights include Discovery Channel Canada specials like “After the Fall – The World Trade Center” and other specials for Explorations productions. His work has also appeared on W-Five, Turning Points of History and other nationally broadcast documentaries. He now freelances making animation, doing camerawork and editing for clients locally and nationally.

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