Video Practicum

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Video Practicum

The deadline for this opportunity has passed.

Working closely with media + production staff and artists, the video practicum will assist with a variety of projects from inception and development through to completion and delivery.

Over the course of the program, practicum participants will collaborate with producers, directors, camera operators, sound recordists, and video editors on a range of project genres including (but not limited to): marketing/promotional, documentary, and live capture.

What Does the Program Offer?

Practical skills are matured through hands-on video production, including studio and location set-up, lighting, assisting the camera crew, and operating camera. These skills will be applied to a range of production and program styles.

Organizational, logistical, and diplomacy skills are exercised through assistance to the camera crew. Duties include loading/unloading grip and camera equipment, marking and operating clapperboards, keeping meticulous and accurate camera notes and production reports, transcribing, charging batteries for camera and accessories, offloading camera media, and ensuring ongoing communication between production and post-production crews.

Practicum participants will also have the opportunity to attend formal Banff Centre lectures, workshops, and events, and expand their personal artistic network.

Who Should Apply?

Do you have a keen interest in the craft of video/filmmaking, a willingness to learn, and a desire to broaden your experience? If yes, we’d love to hear from you!

As well as being passionate about filmmaking, you’ll have a production background, a good understanding of the production process, and experience working with a camera team and videographers. You’ll have an understanding of film and television lighting for studio and location scenarios and will be familiar with a variety of HD video cameras including professional broadcast and DSLR, with a keen interest to excel in an EFP (Electronic Field Production) workflow.

Previous experience working with sound recordists and video editors is an asset. The successful applicant will have strong organizational abilities, excellent interpersonal communication skills, and will be highly computer literate with experience in Microsoft Suite.


As this program exceeds six months in length, enrollment is limited to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. This is due to changes made by the Government of Canada to international student visa regulations, effective June 1, 2014.

Application Deadline: August 28, 2019
Dates: October 14, 2019 – October 2, 2020

For more information and to apply online, visit

Application Fee: $65
The tuition fee is covered 100% by financial assistance from the Banff Centre.

Successful applicants will receive a daily living allowance while part of the program. Practicums are responsible for their own room and board costs but are eligible for subsidized Banff Centre housing based on availability.

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