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October 14, 2021 @ 5:00 pm 8:00 pm

Planning your first project can be a challenging and confusing time. Not knowing where to focus your time, energy or money can lead to half-ideas, miscommunication with your crew and an unfinished product. As a new producer, there is a lot to consider and sometimes you don’t know where to start: story, crew, budget, actors, permits, distribution, and the big picture items that will help you to create and complete your video project. This 4-part course is available for emerging producers who would like to step up their producing game and to help them prepare and plan for their project by charting out the details. Participants should come into the course with a project in mind: a music video, short film or doc, micro-budget web series or micro-budget feature film. It will also feature some guest speakers, practical exercises, breakout sessions, discussions, and mentorship, all toward the goal of being prepared and ready to tackle your project head on.

Emily Ramsay is a producer, production manager, and festival director who focuses on local, grassroots storytelling in the Ottawa region. Emily specializes in micro-budget, short and long-form, documentary and narrative projects while freelancing in development, festival strategy, post-production management and producing. Her docu-series “Vs.: Women in Combat Sports”, is in production of its second season and profiles female martial arts and combat sports athletes in the Ottawa region. She is the Executive Director of the Digi60 Filmmakers’ Festival, is a graduate of the Algonquin Scriptwriting and WIFT Media Business Essentials programs, and is a recipient of the CMPA Ontario Production Mentorship, WIFT Connect Mentorship, Toronto Arts Council grant, and City of Ottawa Youth in Culture grant. She is also a producer with AMI, a not-for-profit broadcaster that creates content by and for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted and supports accessible media for people with disabilities.

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Course Outline

  • October 7th – Prepping your project
  • October 14th – Budget: How do we get (and spend) the money
  • October 21st – Production: Let’s make it happen
  • October 28th – Post-Production to Distribution: Now what?


Zoom Account (register for the free account here).

Link for the virtual classroom will be sent to participants on the day prior to the workshop.

PWYC Pricing

This workshop is PWYC by donation (with a minimum donation of $40 to register). Fees for this workshop can be waived if access to funds is a barrier to participation, email access@digitalartsresourcecentre.ca. and we will register you to the workshop.

Cancellation Policy

DARC is unable to provide course attendee refunds for cancellations. DARC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule courses if necessary.