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A Closer Look at Canadian Film Producers

30 MAY 2012
Career Path : Filmmaking and Film Editing


Canada is increasingly becoming a nation recognized for its achievements in the film industry. With the onslaught Canadian films gaining worldwide success, including C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005), Eve and the Fire Horse (2005), Barney’s Version (2010), and Goon (2011) a number of film-going patriots are at the edge of their seats to see what will be coming up next on the big screen.

While we wait for the next slew of trailers to come out, it might be interesting to take a look at what goes on behind the scenes of film making. Particularly, the production and organization of a film.

What a film producer does

Like many other elaborate productions, the producer himself rarely gets critical acclaim, and is hidden behind the praise for the frontmen of a project. So, while we can all name our top five movies of all time, and all the actors that star in them, almost none of us can even venture a guess at who produced them.

Because of the broad range of possible responsibilities, there is no rigid definition of what exactly a film producer does. Regardless of the types of involvement the producer decides to take on, almost all are responsible for overseeing the making of the film from start to finish. From investing personal funds into the making of a film to editing lines in the screenplay, a film producer’s role in a film can include fundamental logistics and creative technicalities alike. Whether they decide to veer towards one spectrum over the other is up to them, but it is not unheard of for producers to really dive in and oversee almost all aspects in the production process.

Studying film production                          

Like most creative trades, film production can be a difficult career to launch. For one, competition is fierce, and more often than not recognition stems from a network of inter-industry dealings. But, not all is lost. The film industry is constantly evolving, and as with any artistic craft, can only thrive if fresh and innovative minds  are constantly bringing new perspectives to the table, or rather; to the screen.

It is not uncommon for actors to dip into film production after decades of starring in films. The same goes for directors, who, after they have had their fill of directing foray into the production of things.

But for those of us who neither act nor direct, enrolling in film school may be a better option. If we take a look at current film courses in Toronto, we can see that students are given several different types of topics to cover. Here is just a quick example:

·         Editing Lab

·         Production Management

·         Special Effects Design

·         Film History

·         Film/TV Distribution and Marketing

·         “Pitch” Training

·         Screenwriting

·         Cinematography

That is not to say that these are much different than the film courses in Montreal, or Vancouver or anywhere else in the country. Ultimately, any film production student can expect a curriculum that includes an array of topics.

Visit Trebas Institute for more information on film schools in Canada.