Video Practicum

Media + Production
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Program Information

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Overview

Working closely with Media + Production staff and artists, the Video Practicum will assist with a variety of projects from inception and development through to completion and delivery.

Over the course of the program, Practicum participants will collaborate with producers, directors, camera operators, sound recordists, and video editors on a range of project genres including (but not limited to): marketing/promotional, documentary, and live capture.

What does the program offer?

Practical skills are matured through hands-on video production, including studio and location set-up, lighting, assisting the camera crew, and operating camera. These skills will be applied to a range of production and program styles. 

Organizational, logistical, and diplomacy skills are exercised through assistance to the camera crew. Duties include loading/unloading grip and camera equipment, marking and operating clapperboards, keeping meticulous and accurate camera notes and production reports, transcribing, charging batteries for camera and accessories, offloading camera media, and ensuring ongoing communication between production and post-production crews. 

Practicum participants will also have the opportunity to attend formal Banff Centre lectures, workshops, and events, and expand their personal artistic network.

Who should apply?

Do you have a keen interest in the craft of video/filmmaking, a willingness to learn, and a desire to broaden your experience? If yes, we'd love to hear from you! 

As well as being passionate about filmmaking, you'll have a production background, a good understanding of the production process, and experience working with a camera team and videographers. You'll have an understanding of film and television lighting for studio and location scenarios and will be familiar with a variety of HD video cameras including professional broadcast and DSLR, with a keen interest to excel in an EFP workflow. 

Previous experience working with sound recordists and video editors is an asset. The successful applicant will have strong organizational abilities, excellent interpersonal communication skills, and will be highly computer literate with experience in Microsoft Suite.

What's Included

Subsidised HousingRead MoreClose

You are eligible for Banff Centre housing (based on availability). You are responsible for your own room and board costs. Current rates for Banff Centre accommodation are $8.06 / day (shared) or $16.12 / day (single) and will be deducted from your living allowance. 

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You will receive a living allowance of $425 per week.

Note that financial assistance and stipend awards are considered taxable income for Revenue Canada.  

Gym MembershipRead MoreClose

Your program fee includes free access to the swimming pool, climbing gym, and fitness suite as well as discounted rates for classes at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre.

Paul D. Fleck Library and ArchivesRead MoreClose

Access a wide range of publications, books, music and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open six days a week.

Box Office DiscountsRead MoreClose

Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.

Participant ResourcesRead MoreClose

Enrich your experience and get to know other artists on campus by taking advantage of the activities and support provided by our Participant Resources team.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program fee (per week)*
$199.50
Weekly living allowance
$427.00

Application fee: $65

*The weekly program fee is covered 100% by financial assistance from the Banff Centre.

You will also receive a weekly living allowance while part of the program (see What's Included for more information).

Note: There is a program break from December 18, 2017 - January 1, 2018 inclusive. During this time participants do not receive a living allowance. 

How to Apply

Resume

A resume or C.V. describing academic, professional, and other relevant experience.

Portfolio

Samples of relevant recent artistic work.

Statement of Career Objectives

Indicate your long-term goals as an artist, how you plan to achieve those goals, and how your experience at the Banff Centre will assist you.

References

Contact details for two referees.

Adjudication

Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. In addition to artistic merit, consideration will be given to the likelihood that the artist's work will benefit from the program.

Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete.

Eligibility

As this program exceed 6 months in length, enrollment is limited to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. This is due to changes made by the Government of Canada to international student visa regulations, effective June 1, 2014. 

All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of the Banff Centre. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

Contact the Registrar

For questions on preparing your application, please contact the Office of the Registrar:

Toll Free Number (Canada + USA)
1.800.565.9989