Online Filmmaking Education


Motion Picture Safety - ActSafe BC #101 - Free & Required by All Film Unions

Motion Picture Safety 101 is required by all BC motion picture unions.

"This general safety workshop is designed specifically for the motion picture and television industry. Requirement to become an associate member with the Directors Guild of Canada as well as a permittee with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 669 (IATSE 669), the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 891 (IATSE 891) and the Teamsters Local 155. Great for beginners and veterans alike."

Plus it's good common sense to be educated in safety procedures in the industry where you wish to work.


Creative BC's Reel Green - Carbon Literacy - register here Free Online

"Carbon Literacy is a unique, engaging and solutions-based training session offering attendees the information and inspiration to live and work in a more sustainable way. Across the 6-hour workshop, delegates can expect to be challenged with engaging presentations, fun (yes, fun!) activities and the space to reflect and plan. Upon successful completion of the day, attendees will:

Taking the Carbon Literacy course is free and recommended to everyone in the motion picture industry. We will begin teaching courses in British Columbia and will announce dates via industry organizations and the Reel Green platform." Creative BC


Production Assistant - A Day on a Film Set

Introduction to A Day on a Film Set as a Production Assistant. This training film will help you understand the basics of being a Production Assistant (PA) on set.

A Day on the Set

The Call Sheet

This video How to Read a Call Sheet explains film and television terms within the framework of a fictious call sheet.

 How to Read a Call Sheet

Film Industry Job Descriptions

This video describes jobs on a film crew withing the framework of a fictious call sheet.

Film Industry Job Descriptions "The Director's Team & Technical Crew"

Being Background in Motion Pictures

Introduction to Background Actor or Extra. Do's & Don'ts of Being a Background Performer.

This video explains what you should know, what to bring and what to expect when working as a Background Performer.

Being Background in Motion Pictures Do's and Don'ts

Background Actor or Extra

The Construction Coordinator - Set Building

Introduction to the job of a Construction Coordintor by Barry Warkenton IATSE 891 member.

Filmed in Chase and west of Kamloops in the Thompson-Nicola Region, British Columbia.

Construction Coordinator


Visit Creative BC's website for a comprehensive list of motion picture post-secondary institutions (here).

Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Kamloops offers Film Studies including Film Camera Fundamentals (here) plus Communications & New Media courses (here).