Work and learn through exposure to a wide range of post production projects under supervision by and mentorship from Banff Centre staff and faculty, and through collaboration with other practicum participants and project-related artists.
The primary tools of focus will be AVID Media Composer and Symphony editing applications, along with some time spent in Adobe Photoshop and After Effects for the creation of related graphic elements.
What does the program offer?
Participants will strengthen their practical skills in a fast-paced, professional, multi-system broadcast environment. Participants will collaborate with fellow practicum participants in the production roles of producers, directors, and videographers, as well as those in the complimentary post-production roles of graphic design / visual FX and post sound. Duties will include (but not be limited to) transcoding, synching and sorting dailies, offline / online editing including advanced colour grading, and Avid audio mixing strategies.
These skills will be applied to a variety of projects from inception to delivery, with a focus on multi-cam talks / performances and short form documentary-style stories. Organizational, logistical, and diplomacy skills are strengthened through communications across production and post production crews. Practicum participants will also have the opportunity to attend relevant Banff Centre talks and events to expand their knowledge and personal artistic network.
Who should apply?
The ideal applicant will have a combination of formal training with a minimum of one year of professional experience in video editing using current non-linear editing tools. Applicants should be willing to adapt and excel in a professional, multi-system, AVID shared storage environment/workflow. A basic working knowledge of Photoshop, After Effects, and image compositing software is considered an asset, as is a practical understanding of codecs, encoding, file creation, and management.
Applicants should possess excellent diplomacy skills and willingness to work closely with project producers, artists, and clients. In addition, applicants should be confident managing multiple projects and deadlines with strong time management skills. Preference will be given to participants demonstrating a strong desire to utilize this opportunity to pursue employment specifically in the post production field.
You are eligible for Banff Centre housing (based on availability). You are responsible for your own room and board costs. Current rates for Banff Centre accommodation are $8.06 / day (shared) or $16.12 / day (single) and will be deducted from your living allowance.
You will receive a living allowance of $427 per week.
Note that financial assistance and stipend awards are considered taxable income for Revenue Canada.
Your program fee includes free access to the swimming pool, climbing gym, and fitness suite as well as discounted rates for classes at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre.
Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.
Fees & Financial Assistance
Application fee: $65
*The weekly program fee is covered 100% by financial assistance from Banff Centre.
You will also receive a weekly living allowance while part of the program (see What's Included for more information).
How to Apply
Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. In addition to artistic merit, consideration will be given to the likelihood that the artist's work will benefit from the program.
Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete.
As this program exceeds six months in length, enrolment is limited to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. This is due to changes made by the Government of Canada to international student visa regulations, effective June 1, 2014.
All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of the Banff Centre. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.