Frequently Asked AFM Questions
1. WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF THE ADVANCED FILMMAKING PROGRAM AT FANSHAWE COLLEGE?
There are many! At Fanshawe we are very well equipped with state of the art filmmaking tools, our program is very hands-on, and we offer great access to industry connected professors with a lot of one-on-one mentoring. As well, throughout the three-semester program we offer many college wide collaborations including the following programs: -Theatre Arts, Audio Post Production, Visual Effects and Editing, Multimedia and Broadcast Television
Filmmaking is an art, but it’s also a discipline and we expect a lot from our students, and we know they expect a lot of themselves as well.
2. HOW MUCH TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE SHOULD I HAVE TO KNOW BEFORE ENTERING THE PROGRAM?
Because AFM is a post-grad program, students enter the program at many different technical levels. We help alleviate the disparity in skill sets by offering a full week boot camp where students can sharpen/develop their skills in Final Cut Pro, HD cameras and sound equipment, Mac Computers, Photoshop, etc. This bridging process is necessary so that our incoming students are technically proficient early in the semester.
3. DO I HAVE TO HAVE OWN MY OWN LAPTOP OR CAMERA?
NO is the quick answer to both. We have an abundance of cameras and Final Cut Pro/AVID edit stations on campus. If you manage your time well and book your equipment as needed-there will never be a shortage of equipment. However-it certainly would be an advantage to have a Mac book Pro laptop to edit with and have on set. But as mentioned above, we have plenty of resources on campus.
4. WHAT TYPES OF JOBS/CAREERS WILL THIS PROGRAM SET ME UP FOR UPON GRADUATION?
The advanced filmmaking career does not force students to specialize in any one area of interest. Because of this-students are exposed to any and all crew positions from pre-production through to post-production. This further prepares our students for entrance in the film/television market upon graduation. Most students enter the program wanting to become ‘directors’-however, they understand the importance of learning and understanding all crew positions required. We prepare students to work in many entry-level production and post-production positions after they graduate. As well, our internship component is a great opportunity for students to showcase their skills in the final semester.
5. HOW MUCH OF THE PROGRAM IS HANDS-ON LEARNING?
VERY HANDS ON!! AFM is a program geared for students who are looking for practical skills that will ensure entry into the film and Television industry. All students have the opportunity to write, direct, shoot and edit many projects in a short period of time.