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TV and Film Crew Training

three to four-week full-time training

Where: Campbell River, Port Alberni
Starts: October, November, January (See Curriculum tab for details)
  • Gain essential skills and industry knowledge as you learn about becoming a behind-the-scenes crew member.
  • Study one of four streams of filmmaking: production assistant, lighting technician, set grip and carpentry and set production.
  • Put your skills to work in an industry expected to add 15,100 job openings between now and 2025.
  • Learn from instructors who work in the industry and forge new connections to get you started in a new career.

Career Possibilities: Students who complete the course will be eligible to work as a production assistant, lighting technician, film or TV grip, or carpentry and set construction crew member


  • Industry-approved. NIC works closely with industry professionals, including the Vancouver Island North Film Commission (INfilm), to deliver training that will put you in-demand on film sets. NIC is the only institution to offer trades-focused film training on Vancouver Island.
  • Study where the action is. Learn the ropes of filmmaking on northern Vancouver Island, one of B.C.'s most in-demand locations for filming.
  • Join a thriving industry. Vancouver Island and BC’s local film industries are roaring. An estimated $2 billion was spent on film production in 2015 alone, creating 25,000 direct and indirect jobs.

Program Highlights

Choose from one of four immersive courses:

Production Assistant Training

Gain essential skills and industry knowledge to pursue entry-level employment as a production assistant on a film set. You will be able to explore career options while learning the requirements of working in the film industry. Learn fundamental on-set skills, including communication with other crew departments, on-set protocols, radio use, film terminology and more. Preference will be given to applicants with Aboriginal ancestry.

Lighting Film Training

You'll learn fundamental skills to assist in development and execution of lighting schemes on film and TV sets. This course will prepare you to play a pivotal role in the fast-paced world of film production. Learn to assist, develop and execute lighting schemes, all while ensuring electrical considerations are safely addressed on set. Course material will also cover planning and coordination of work orders, the applied use of fixtures, filters, carts, stands and advanced equipment and tool use. You'll thrive in this program if you enjoy problem solving and teamwork, and have a good level of fitness, an eye for detail, creativity and energy and the ability to work long hours. Having an electrical background is an asset but not required.

Grip Film Training

Learn how grips work with a director of photography and camera and lighting departments to set up those professional shots. Understand industry protocols and the important role grips play in each and every set-up. Grips are the technical jacks of all trades on set, so if you enjoy hard work, have a technical aptitude, are a team player and have the desire to work in a creative industry, you will be well-suited for this program.

Carpentry and Set Construction Training

Gain the skills to play an integral role in the design, construction and take-down of sets of all sizes and scopes, from quaint scenes to grand sets involving the reproduction of court buildings, restaurants, spaceships, houses, elaborate staircases, ships, outdoor structures and more. Training includes the essentials of safety, communication and key terminology, interdepartmental relations and protocols, roles and expectations, specialty tool requirements, the unique attributes of set construction materials and more. If you enjoy working as part of a team and combining energy and creativity with the ability to work long hours, this program will give you the skills you need. Experience or interest in carpentry and tools is helpful, but formal training is not required for this program.

Admission Requirements

  1. Request a Program Application package by emailing Make sure you specify which program application package you need.
  2. Complete and submit your completed Program Application package to Seats fill quickly, so contact us as soon as possible.
  3. Participate in a program intake interview.

Program Requirements

Carpentry and Set Construction Training

Campbell River:  Nov 14 - Dec 11 | Port Alberni Jan 8 - Feb 2

Grip Film Training

Campbell River: Nov 14-Dec 11 | Port Alberni: Jan 8 - Feb 2

Lighting Film Training

Campbell River: Nov 14–Dec 11   |   Port Alberni: Jan 8–Feb 2

Production Assistant Training

Campbell River: Oct 10–30   |   Port Alberni: Nov 6–27

  • FLM-015 Production Assistant Essentials: Film and Television Industry
  • OFA-010 Occupational First Aid Level One
  • WSF-019 WHMIS
  • FLM-011 Motion Picture Industry Orientation
  • TFS-010 Foodsafe
  • MVF-010 Traffic Control Person
  • MPD-015 Propane Safety Awareness
  • FLM-019 Motion Picture Safety Awareness

Tuition & Costs Estimate for
Fall 2017, Winter, Spring & Summer 2018

Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Tuition $275

Donna Hains
Production Assistant Instructor

Donna Hains

Donna is a specialist in professional career coaching and human resource planning and organizational development, with a focus on personal development, leadership and career development. Her goal is to educate and inspire others to confidently apply new learning that will have a significant and positive impact in their personal and professional lives. As a facilitator, Donna brings a compelling, attention-grabbing style to her learning environment that quickly engages participants. Donna looks forward to sharing her expertise and support to learners who have a vested interest in diversifying their careers in a dynamic industry primed to welcome motivated and inspired production assistants.


Mark Voyce
Production Assistant Instructor

Mark Voyce

Mark has worked on feature films, Imax, documentary and television projects for close to 30 years as an expert production and locations Manager. Mark originally started working in films specializing in alpine logistics and aerial coordination. His early years as a helicopter ski guide, coupled with his medical training, prepared him for the challenges of filming in remote locations.  Mark has been involved in projects like the Smithsonian 100th Year Celebration film, which took him to all corners of the world including war torn countries where logistics, security and planning, presented many complex challenges and opportunities for succinct teamwork and ingenuity.  Mark has worked throughout the world, including projects in the US, South America, Africa, India, Antarctica, Europe and Asia. He has also worked throughout Canada and on feature films such as War for the Planet of the Apes, Godzilla, The Bourne Legacy, The Claim, Mountain of Fear, Top Gear, Snow Dogs and more.


Jeff Smith
Grip Instructor

Jeff Smith

Jeff is a key grip specialist, industry mentor and experienced trainer. Jeff brings a combined 18 years as a motion picture grip and over 14 years as a key grip and as a certified river rescue/boat rescue and marine instructor. With over 100 key grip credits, Jeff's knowledge, film experience and awareness of safety procedures and protocols have garnered him a solid reputation amongst all of his peers. Jeff’s approach to instructing has been referred to as 'infotainment': informative, fun, energetic and leaving his students with long-lasting lessons learned. “I can’t be more proud and excited to teach and pass on the experience and knowledge I learned from my mentors and my own 18 years of Gripping," he said. "I can promise each and every student, you will never, ever forget taking this training and the lessons learned will provide you the solid foundation to becoming a motion picture grip technician."


John Helme
Gaffer/Lighting Instructor

John Helme

John is a gaffer/chief lighting technician who was first inspired to pursue a career as a lighting technician when he had the opportunity to tour with a rock and roll band at the age of 18. John’s early career involved working in band stage lighting and as a lighting designer for Club Med Resorts. What followed was a dynamic career in film sparked by the convergence of all of his passions - music, video and lighting. John launched into the film industry on Disney's Danger Bay and has since gone on to work on major Hollywood productions, working with actors like John Travolta, Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and Johnny Depp, to name a few. His career has taken him across the globe and spanned more than 80 productions. From shooting on mountaintops for Ace Ventura to a school yard filled with children for Diary of a Wimpy Kid, John has valued every moment working on feature films, TV series, movies and mini-series. John is presently expanding his career into instruction and is also advancing his career as a director of photography/cinematographer. 


Hal Keown
Carpentry and Set Construction Instructor

Hal Keown

Hal is a journeyman carpenter and master craftsman upholsterer-turned set construction coordinator and foreman. Hal has worked in film and television for more than 28 years. Recent productions include Chesapeak Shores, Reboot, Riverdale and Zoo. His diverse professional background also involves work on national exhibitions, commercials and entrepreneurial work, including building his own sound stage to host commercials, video and still photography projects. As a specialist and mentor in the carpentry trade, Hal is passionate about his profession and is committed to sharing his expertise with the next generation of set and construction crews. Hal looks forward to working with dedicated learners who have a desire to develop specialized skills while honing their trade, all while engaging with a vibrant industry that blends the trades, requires creativity and offers expanded career opportunities.

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