Thorneloe University, federated with Laurentian University, is proud to announce that it will receive
a $62,500 grant from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) towards funding unique film and TV production workshops for students enrolled
in its Motion Picture Arts (MPArts) curriculum within its Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree program. The workshops will be offered over the next five
consecutive years, from 2016 to 2020. The total cost for the workshops is $125,000, of which Thorneloe University will contribute $25,000, and the
not-for-profit Northern Ontario Motion Picture Culture & Industry Development Corporation (NOMPCIDC, pronounced nomp-see-dik) will contribute the remaining $37,500.
The workshops, which are administrated by Sudbury-based NOMPCIDC in partnership with Thorneloe University, are a comprehensive, practice-based educational supplement for the
students enrolled in the MPArts curriculum at Thorneloe University at Laurentian. The workshops allow students the unique opportunity to work under
the direct guidance of professional filmmakers on professional productions an experience they would otherwise never have at any educational institution. From
development and pre-production to production, post-production, and exhibition, students enrolled in the MPArts curriculum will have a unique opportunity to
observe first hand, and work on, professional productions, from development and pre-production to production, post-production, and exhibition. Its to
encourage students that they don’t need millions of dollars, big movie stars and huge crews to make films, said Benjamin Paquette, Supervisor of the MPArts
For the previous four consecutive years, Thorneloe University and NOMPCIDC solely financed these workshops. Based on the successful results of the workshops, however, TU and
NOMPCIDC were confident in approaching the NOHFC about a partnership. For example, finalists in this years edition of Cinfest Sudbury International Film Festivals popular
CTV Best in Shorts Competition included two shorts by current MPArts students, and one from a former MPArts student. All three productions were assignments
produced in the course titled Production II, the second of the three core production courses in the MPArts curriculum, and all three students
participated in the film production workshops. Former MPArts student Andrew Lucas premiered his short Coming Apart, while current MPArts students Masha Potapov and Zahra
Golafshani screened their shorts Couple of Friends and Private Sessions, respectively. For Lucas and Potapov, this was the first showcase of their work at a festival,
while Golafshanis screening marked her third consecutive year at Cinfest. In each of the two previous years at Cinfest, she received an award for her work.
Potapov and Golafshani are currently enrolled in the course Production III wherein they will produce numerous shorts over the current academic year. This academic year they will
participate in another film production workshop.
Specifically, the workshops allow students the unique opportunity to shadow and/or assist the following lead production crewmembers as they perform their work-related duties,
including the screenwriter, producer, director, cinematographer, sound-recordist, production designer, picture editor, sound designer. In addition, students will
not only be educated and trained in industry-standard facilities, with industry-standard equipment, and assisted by professional technicians, but also
benefit from direct exposure to professional productions in Northern Ontario.
The production workshops are not designed as an introductory-level workshop for individuals with little or not knowledge and experience in film and TV
production, but for individuals completing a post-secondary education in film and TV production who will soon be transitioning into the professional
workforce, and/or continuing their education with a post-graduate degree(s). The general outcome of the production workshops is that students experience
working under the guidance of professional filmmakers in a professional context, which will therefore allow students to further develop and gain more
confidence in their practical work skills, receive credit for their work that they can add to their resume, network with professional filmmakers, and receive
a reference letter(s) from a professional filmmaker(s) under whom they shadowed and/or assisted (if merited).
Thorneloe University has offered academic programming in the humanities for more than 50 years. As a founding member of the Laurentian University Federation, on the
campus of Laurentian University in Sudbury, Thorneloe is home to the departments of Ancient Studies, Theatre and Motion Picture Arts, Religious
Studies, Womens, Gender and Sexuality Studies, as well the Thorneloe University School of Theology.
For more information about Thorneloe University, visit www.thorneloe.ca.