Film Production

What to expect from a career in Movie Production

The film production industry is an exciting one to work in, with many creative and challenging career opportunities available. Film production programs at Ontario colleges offer hands-on training using the latest equipment, and provide students with the theory and business skills they need to start their careers in this ever-evolving industry.

If you’re interested in working behind the scenes in the field of film production, here’s what you need to know.

Film Production Courses

Ontario college film production programs are comprised of highly technical and practical courses that prepare students for a career producing various types of movies. Through the use of cutting-edge technology, courses focus on film production techniques and processes from pre- to post-production, including (but not limited to):

  • Sound recording and camera operation
  • Directing
  • Editing / field editing
  • Lighting set-up and photography
  • Compositing and finishing

In addition to technical film production courses, most programs include research and writing courses where students create the narrative for their own short films, documentaries or commercials, giving them the experience of creating a piece from start to finish.

Note: Some film production programs have specific focuses, such as television production, digital video production, visual effects, broadcast production and documentary-making. Be sure to read program details and outcomes carefully to find the program that’s right for you.

General Film Production Program Requirements

Film production programs offered at the certificate and diploma level typically require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, which includes a grade 12 English credit.

Some Ontario college film production programs are offered as graduate certificate programs, and require a diploma or a degree from a related program and / or relevant work or educational experience. Submission of a portfolio may also be part of the application process.

Film Production Jobs and Salaries

Your area of specialty, the type of program you take and your interests will determine your career path in the film production industry, but a few of the careers you might pursue include:

  • Film Producer or Director
  • Sound Assistant / Designer
  • Art Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Camera Operator / Assistant

Salaries in the industry vary depending on the position and will fluctuate based on location and level of experience. The average starting salary for film production graduates is around $30,000 per year, with the potential to reach upwards of $80,000.

Ontario Colleges Offering Film Production Programs

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