Symposium supports backstage careers in film, entertainment industry

Posted on Wednesday September 21, 2016
Cambrian professor Ken Salah conducts a lighting workshop to prepare students for careers in the entertainment and film industry.

Hot on the heels of Sudbury’s Cinéfest International Film Festival, Cambrian College has teamed up with organizers of the inaugural Northern Ontario Film Training Symposium to offer the public behind-the-scenes access to industry experts who bring training, talent, technology, and equipment together to create memorable film, live entertainment, and digital media experiences.

The action takes place on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 828 Beatrice Crescent, home of the Northern Ontario Film Studios.

“Major film and entertainment production partners from across Ontario will be under one roof for a weekend of training seminars and industry networking,” explained Ken Salah, professor and coordinator of Cambrian College’s Theatre Arts – Technical Production program.

With Cinéfest wrapping up, many of the key figures in the Ontario film and entertainment industry are in Sudbury, and they are interested in building the talent pool locally,” Salah continued. “Having access to a well-prepared work force in Sudbury supports increasingly large productions. To draw attention to these careers, on Saturday, we will have an open house for the public with loads of demonstrations. We’ll explain set design and construction, studio and field lighting, audio techniques, and more. On Sunday, registered participants will be able to take training courses and gain safety certifications to ensure they have the knowledge and skills to gain a foothold in the industry and to stay safe on set,” Salah explained. The workshops are organized by IATSE Local 634.

Representatives from ACTRA, Clairmont Camera, Cooper Equipment Rentals, the Directors Guild of Canada and IATSE International, along with its Locals 411, 667 and 873, are participating in the event. The Symposium is presented by Northern Ontario Film Studios, in conjunction with IATSE and William F. White International Inc.

Faculty and students from Cambrian College’s Theatre Arts - Technical Production program will play a major role in the Symposium demonstrations on Saturday. Students in Cambrian’s two-year diploma program are already well prepared to enter the industry and have earned many safety certifications as part of their studies. Alumni from the program will also be on hand to talk about their work and study experiences.

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Media contacts:

Ken Salah
Program Coordinator, Theatre Arts - Technical Production
(705) 566-8101, ext. 7255


Lynn Bulloch
Communications Officer
705-566-8101, ext. 6375

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