This could be your first step into the Okanagan film and television industry | infonews


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August 13, 2022 – 6:02 pm

A film crew bootcamp weekend at Westbank will help those who dream of working in show business determine where they might fit in the industry.

The course, Okanagan Film Fundamentals Take 2, will be led by instructors who work in various industry departments. It offers aspiring film crew professionals the opportunity to network, learn about the production process, and then spend a day shooting and editing a short film as a group.

“If entering the film industry is a stairway to the second floor, consider stepping on the first step,” said Debra Sawarin, makeup artist and spokesperson for the film commission.

“For some people it’s a long staircase, if they want to pursue more technical work. For others, it will only be three steps.

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Anyone who still loves the idea of ​​working in film and TV after surviving bootcamp will have a clearer idea of ​​what roles they want to play on set and how to get there, Sawarin said.

“It’s also an opportunity to introduce yourself to people who could become your mentor.

Beyond the technical aspects of the job, she said it’s important for future crew members to understand how their lifestyles will need to adapt, largely because of the long days and sporadic opportunities.

“You work on a show and then the show is over and you have no work,” she said. “One week we might be screaming for people, the next week we’ve had enough. It depends on how many shows at any given time.

At first, those who commit to working in the industry must treat all opportunities like part-time gigs.

“You’ll need a flexible way to have a basic income in the beginning until your name comes out.”

Sawarin, who has worked as a makeup artist for more than 30 years, says Kelowna’s film industry has been growing steadily for years and shows no signs of slowing down – and this bootcamp is a good chance to find a way to get there. penetrate .

“Hollywood magic begins in this department. Careers in the camera department are the most fun because they’re central to everything in filmmaking,” Okanagan Film Commissioner Jon Summerland said in a press release.

“If you want to work in film and television, want to know what the job opportunities are, and based on your current skills, what would be right for you, Take 2, Okanagan Film Fundamentals is for you.”

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The cost of a weekend bootcamp is between $100 and $275 depending on how many days you want to participate.

Take 2 will be instructed by people with experience working on sets of popular shows and movies.

“Like on a real set, the movie catering trucks (will serve you) a lunch,” the program reads.

The course runs September 23-25 ​​in Westbank at 1979 Old Okanagan Highway. It is aimed at entry-level workers who want to make their way in the industry, as well as experienced workers who want to know if they can transfer their skills into film and television.

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