Visiting a Shoot on Set with Advanced Television and Film Class

Anne Whitehead (This is the second part of a series. Read part one here.) The first thing I learned about filmmaking while visiting Sheridan College’s Advanced Television and Film (ATVF) 3×3 shoot is that film sets can be cold. Especially in Canada, in the winter. That is because the Cinespace film studio now being used by ATVF students in Toronto’s east end is massive (100,000 sq. ft.), and therefore expensive to heat. Today I tagged along with four busloads of students from our Media Fundamentals program on a visit to the set, where ATVF students were filming The Dentist. Upon entering the set, all visitors were asked to turn off their cellphones, and we then gathered around a specially installed rear screen showing the live camera view while the director called out “all quiet on set… and, action!” In the two hours I was on set, I saw only one (the… Read More

Advanced TV and Film Students Apply Skills in 3X3 Production (Part 1)

Sheridan’s Advanced Television and Film (ATVF) program teaches advanced film and television skills to students who have either academic or industry backgrounds, but wish to develop the practical and competitive skills they need to successfully integrate into the film, television or interactive industries. Many ATVF students enter the program somewhat “afraid and suspicious of technology,” program coordinator Jean Desormeaux suggests, but after a year of intense master classes and production, they graduate from Sheridan comfortable with technology and industry workflow processes. The ATVF program offers students specialties in producing, directing, screenwriting, editing, audio production and post-production, camera and lighting, and digital design. This post-graduate certificate program begins with an intensive seven-week session of master classes in the above disciplines in which students can specialize. Then in the next seven weeks, students apply their learning in a real life short film production methodology named 3X3 (i.e. interpretative film projects that are… Read More