Sep 23 – 25, 2022

Okanagan Film Fundamentals

Edited By: Gabrielle Fontaine Creations

Westbank First Nation and the Okanagan Film Commission
invite you to kickstart your
film career!

Network and learn from industry experts!

We’re bringing together some of the most talented people in film and television to lead workshops so that you can land a dream job!

Camera Department | Grip Department | Lighting Department | Script Supervisor | Production | Location Scout | Art Department | Hair Department | Makeup Department | Wardrobe Department

What is it?

It’s a film crew bootcamp! Motion picture production is an expanding industry in the Okanagan, with a lot of job opportunities. Okanagan Film Fundamentals TAKE 2 is a three-day immersive experience that will help you understand the type of crew jobs that are available, what skills are needed for those jobs, where you might find a fit in the industry.

The workshops will provide:

  • Basic industry information all crew members need to know
  • Practical, department-specific, training with industry professionals
  • Opportunities to network with instructors and other industry people
  • The chance to be part of a crew and shoot a short film!

The goal of Okanagan Film Fundamentals is to help people embark on the first steps toward building a successful career in motion picture production.

Who is it for?

The bootcamp is designed to include a range of participants, from entry-level workers looking for pathways into the industry where they can develop a skill set to individuals that already have pertinent, transferable career skills (i.e. electrical, construction,  painting, retail, office, fashion, driving) but are looking to understand the industry better and have access to instructors to help in levelling up.

What will I walk away with?

New skills and learning to add to your resume and the beginnings of a network that can help you advance your career!


Vic Sarin
  • Margaret’s Museum
  • Whale Music
  • Bye Bye Blues
  • Dancing in the Dark and On My Own
Janis Lundman
Executive Producer
  • Coroner
  • Bomb Girls
  • Durham County
Christina Kasperczyk
Camera Operator
  • Happy Gilmore/Cats and Dogs – 2nd Asst. Camera
  • Chronicles of Riddick/Masters of Horror – 1st Asst. Camera
  • Supernatural/Wu Assassins/Van Helsing – Camera Op.
Peter Bodnarus
Production Designer/Art Director
  • The Adam Project
  • Star Trek Beyond
  • Watchmen, Bates Motel’s
Costa Vassos
Line Producer
  • Vanilla Sky
  • You’ve Got Mail
  • The Perfect Score
Siobhan O’Keefe
Set Decorator, Set Buyer
  • Family Law
  • Under the Banner of Heaven
  • See
Christopher Tate
Key Grip
  • Hard Core Logo
  • Once Upon A Time
  • DaVinci’s Inquest
  • Fires Of Kuwait
Kyle Pigeau
  • Kung Fu
  • Riverdale
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Centre for Arts and Technology Kelowna Alumni
Donna Stocker
Makeup Designer/ Head of Department
  • The Chronicles of Riddick
  • First Wave
  • The Magicians
  • UnReal
Glenne Campbell
Costume Designer
  • Outlander
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Operation Christmas Drop
  • 21 Jump Street
Caroline Dehner
Hair Designer/ Head of Department
  • Jurassic World Dominion
  • The Christmas Chronicles part 2
  • The Man in the High Castle
  • The Good Doctor
Paul Wagner
Assistant Prop Master, Prop Buyer, Prop Assistant
  • Deadpool 2
  • The Revenant
  • Elysium
  • Tron Legacy
Gord Wylie
Location / Scouting dept Okanagan Film Commision
  • Found hero location – Spielberg’s 2002 TAKEN ( Episode 9 )
  • Found hero locations for Brad Bird 2015  Disney’s ” Tomorrowland “
  • Provided location photography for world wide location guide competition 1999 -Okanagan locations
  • Okanagan Film Commision
Debra Sawarin
MPIO Authorized Instructor
  • Favourite shows
  • Pathfinder
  • An Unfinished Life
  • Human Cargo


Sep 23


8:30 am

Day 1

Orientation and keynote addresses by Award Winning Executive Producer, Janis Lundman and Okanagan Film Commissioner, Jon Summerland. Breakfast will be provided by one of our favourite industry caterers. #getcaffeinated

9:30 am – 9:45 am

Hollywood Industry Professional Writer Talk

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Talk with a Production Team

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Time to Eat!

Just like on a real set, film catering truck(s) serve you up some lunch.

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Talk with a Designer/Cinematographer

3:00 pm – 4:15 pm

Talk with Director

4:30 pm

Wrap for the Day

Sep 24


8:30 am

Day 2

Start your day with another orientation, and breakfast. Today’s keynote speech will be delivered by a representative from Creative BC and Jon Summerland.

9:30 am

Meet your Instructors

Meet your instructors at check-in locations for hands-on training.

10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Pick the Track

Pick the track you’re most interested in!

Classroom 1: 
Camera, Grip, Electric
Classroom 2: 
Art Department
, Location Scout
Classroom 3:
Production, Script Supervisor

Classroom 4
Hair, Makeup, Wardrobe

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm


Training breaks for an hour. Get nourished, and meet new people with similar interests!

4:00 pm

Day 2 Ending

The day concludes. Nice work!

Sep 24


7:00 am

Day 3

A slightly earlier start. Breakfast Keynote from Union Delegates (IATSE, DGC, Teamsters, UBCP)

8:00 am

Call Sheet

Call time at the work trucks. You’ll go over a call sheet (a daily document that outlines the schedule for a shoot on a production)

10:00 am


And ACTION! All class tracks come together as a Crew with a Director & Cinematographer. The day’s goal? We make a movie with the skills you’ve learned!

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Lunch Time

Lunch is here. This is the perfect time to swap stories from the morning. Exchange emails. Make TikToks, or whatever it is you like to do. Just use #OFFTAKE2 if you’re the social type.

7:00 pm

That’s a Wrap!

That’s a wrap! Or, at least that’s when we plan on ending. We recommend you have a flexible schedule in case the shoot runs late.



Estates Square – Commercial Complex

1979 Old Okanagan Highway, Westbank, B.C




Attend Day 1

Creative Process

Saturday – Sunday


Attend Days 2 and 3

Crew Bootcamp

Friday – Sunday


Attend all 3 Days