Broadcasting: Television and Video Production
Graduating Class 2010
"I loved every single moment of my time at Canadore, and I loved everyone in the program"
2010 Graduate Jeff Chattaway
2010 Graduate Jeff Chattaway
Congratulations to our 2010 BEAC winners.
Corporate / PSA long Canadore College
"Helicopter" T.J. Sharer, Trevor Riley, Jordan Presseault Corporate
PSA short /Canadore College "CMHA" Derek Breedon
Tel 409 Field Production IV
Corporate Video of Essential Helicopters produced by: Trevor, Timothy, and Jordan
Music Video produced by Peter, Paul, and Jordan
Behind The Scenes Photos...
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Behind The Scenes Footage...
Tel 406 Studio Production IV
Time Lapse footage of the studio class production of "Goodnight with Pete Wow!"
Tel 306 Studio Production III
A walk through studio class production rehearsal
A behind-the-scenes look at a studio class production, with students talking about their crew positions.
Student Blog Posts...
The End of Blogs, For Now
By Anthony King
Well ladies and gents, it’s almost the end, it’s almost time to step into the “real world”. I’m mildly excited for this “real world” that I’ve heard so much about. By the sounds of it I should be pretty scared, because I’ve only heard scary things. But for some reason I’m not. I think I’m gonna treat the real world like a lady. Put on a snappy shirt (a tight snappy shirt of course), glisten up my beard with some saliva, walk up to it all confident, flash a cute smile and lay a genius line on it. Something like, “Mmm… sup?” It’s unbelievable that I’m single right?
I think I’m unafraid because I’m not completely optimistic, as terrible as that sounds, but I’m somewhat prepared for the worst. I knew before taking this course that the competition in the industry is huge and success was unlikely. But the idea of never following my dreams is a lot more depressing than trying and failing. So here we are, one more semester left and it’s almost time to see what we’re made of. Some of us want to go on and work in news, some of us T.V., some of us movies, and I believe there’s even a few of us who want none of it. Which is fine, sometimes you have to follow a path before you realize it’s the wrong one.
I myself studied accounting for a year; I even got straight A’s. Well, I got 80’s and 90’s, I didn’t actually get “A’s” but saying straight A’s sounds way cooler. Anyways, one day, I was sitting in class, listening to my teacher tell a story. Now I’ve always loved a good story so this was one of the few times I was completely engaged in the classroom. He told this story; about how he had this really big accounting problem and that there was a lot of money on the line. So he and his buddy spent the entire weekend figuring it out, and by the end of the weekend they succeeded and saved the company a ton of money. He described this story as if it was his crowning achievement. He was clearly happy just thinking about it, which is great, that’s all that really matters, but at that moment, I saw the rest of my life and I wasn’t excited to live it. So let’s just say that was the end of that.
So I moved back home, now I don’t know how home life is for all of you but living at home just doesn’t work for me anymore. I had to get out of there, but I didn’t know how. Now anyone who knows me knows I watch a fair amount of movies. Where most kids my age, and a lot of friends of mine, spend their money on booze and drugs, I spend an equal amount on movies. You go to the bar and spend 60 bucks buying drinks for yourself and maybe for some respectable young ladies, well, I’ve definitely spent more than that at Blockbuster in one night. So there I was, on an ordinary night, relaxing, watching a movie, and just tearing it apart. Now this might come off as pretentious but all I could think about was how I’d shoot it to make it better, thinking how I’d rewrite parts to make it flow better and how I was tired of seeing unoriginal pieces of trash over and over again. Then it dawned on me, probably while watching something terrible like “Never Back Down” that if something this terrible can be made into a movie, than surely something I write can be made right? By the way Mr. Chattaway, if you say you like this movie we’re gonna have to have a good ol’fashion Donnybrook.
I was discouraged at first, being 21 years old, never really touched a camera before, I’d written some stuff but nothing substantial. But then I remembered a biography on one of my idols, and at that time, my favorite director, Quentin Tarantino. At 22 years old, he was a high school drop-out and worked at a video store. One day he decides he’s gonna go for it and try to make movies. He starts writing and spending every paycheck renting camera equipment. Now sure, that movie never panned out, and it wasn’t till years later he actually sold a script and started making money. But just the fact that he had nothing and is now one of the top directors of our time is inspiring. Often you hear about directors who have been holding a camera since they came out of the womb and it’s quite intimidating. But this might be our only chance at life and personally I don’t want to waste it, I don’t want to be lying on my death bed wondering if I had the skill to create something beautiful. So I decided to go for it. Now at this crossroad in my life I was faced with a decision. I could continue living in my parent’s basement, keep writing, work hard and hopefully things would pan out. Or I could go to film school, learn the trade, hopefully meet some valuable contacts and get my career started that way. But I heard an interesting quote about film school that has kind of stuck with me over the years, “At film school you don’t learn how to make your movies, you learn how to make other peoples movies”. For some reason that made perfect sense to me, I didn’t want to just be another generic director. I could care less about making money or being famous, I would die happy knowing I created a piece of art that at least one person thought was beautiful. But still, I knew nothing about cameras so I was still uneasy about the whole thing.
Then my brother tells me about Canadore, and the television course. He took journalism here a few years ago so he worked with the television students a bunch and he highly recommended the course. It sounded great, I would have the opportunity to learn about cameras in a technical way and I wouldn’t get brainwashed into the notion of “This is how you film”. Although Yura has tried many times with those damn cuts every 3 seconds, a theory I will never fully grasp. The course has been great though, I’ve had numerous chances to be creative, I’ve learned tons about filming that will stick with me forever and I’m definitely a lot more confident with a camera. Canadore has given me a solid foundation, and I truly feel comfortable going out on my own now, definitely a lot more comfortable than I was in my parent’s basement.
So I guess it’s time, for all us, to see what we’re made of. Even if my first script gets laughed at and spit on right in front of my innocent and hopeful eyes, or my first movie is known as the worst movie of all time and I’m blacklisted from the industry, I’ll still be happy knowing that I went for it. I guess the morale of my story is just do what make’s you happy, as corny as that sounds, because this might be our only chance. Whether you want to be a Much Music V.J. or you want to kill zombies, or live in the fast paced environment of news, or be a hunk on a sexy show like gossip girl, or if all this isn’t for you and you’d rather be an accountant. Just grow a pair and have the courage to do what makes you happy. Best of luck in the real work chums!
Where they went on student placement with links...
- Avion Films in Toronto Ontario
- Cineflix in Toronto, Ontario
- CHCH in Hamilton Ontario
- Dawstar Productions in North Bay Ontario
- Demers Productions in Sudbury, Ontario
- Digital Video Production in Barrie, Ontario
- Edge Productions in Toronto Ontario
- E1 Entertainment in Toronto Ontario
- iMarion Digital Post in Toronto Ontario
- Les Stroud (Survivorman) Productions in Huntsville Ontario
- Ouat Media in Toronto Ontario
- Pyman Media Group in Mississauga Ontario
- Ray Roman Films Florida USA
- Rogers TV in Barrie Ontario
- The Garden TV in Toronto Ontario
- TVCogeco Pembroke Ontario
- Warehouse 13 series production in Toronto Ontario
- West Wind Pictures in Toronto Ontario
- 22 Wing Air Force Imaging Department in North Bay Ontario