Introduction to Independent Filmmaking

Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 11:00am - 5:00pm
Enrolment is limited to: 

This lecture-based course gives participants an overview of all the stages involved in independent filmmaking and is a must for beginning directors and producers. Learn about the writing process, planning your workflow, prepping for your shoot, crewing up, the fundamentals of production, the importance of cinematography and quality sound recording, getting all your shots, how to approach editing and the many options for finishing and exhibiting your film. This workshop is a general overview for new filmmakers and a great starting point for your filmmaking education.

This is a foundational course and is necessary as a prerequisite for many of our workshops.



Cliff Caines is a Canadian filmmaker and artist. Raised in Northern Ontario, he is currently based in Toronto. A blend of documentary and experimental, his work explores ideas of human agency, technology, labour, and rurality. His films have screened internationally at festivals including the Toronto International Film Festival, CPH:DOX, the Kerry Film Festival, the Aesthetica Short Film Festival, and the American Documentary Film Festival. He is a graduate of OCAD University’s Integrated Media program, Concordia University’s MFA Studio Arts: Film Production program, and is an alumnus of the TIFF 2012 Talent Lab and RIDM’s 2015 DCM Talent Lab. Caines recently completed his first feature-length documentary A Rock and a Hard Place, which received a Honourable Mention for the Colin Low Award for Canadian Documentary at the 2015 DOXA Documentary Film Festival. Caines currently teaches at OCAD University and Humber College.