Documentary filmmaker Yung Chang (Up The Yangtze) has film production training.
There's no one way to become a filmmaker. Directors, producers and editors (along with casting directors, choreographers and myriad other positions) are all key elements in the making of a movie. While every person on a set has a unique set of skills, each position requires creativity, organization and a commitment to working long hours, often in adverse conditions. For most filmmakers, years are spent paying your dues, but the payoff can be huge.
People come to film from various pathways, including creative writing, English and drama degrees. However, there are lots of options for film school in Ontario where you can hone skills like set design, cinematography and directing.
WHERE TO STUDY
Brock University (St. Catharines) Advanced filmmaking (in partnership with Fanshawe College): $5,990/year. brocku.ca
Centennial College (Toronto) Broadcasting and film: $3,544.16/year (including fees). centennialcollege.ca
Fanshawe College (London) Audio post-production $3,290/year; advanced filmmaking: $4,379/year. fanshawec.ca
Humber College (Toronto) Film and television production: $3,705.48/year (plus additional costs); film and media production: $6,936.34/year. humber.ca
McMaster University (Hamilton) Theatre and film studies: $5,624/year. mcmaster.ca
Niagara College (Welland) Broadcasting - radio, television and film: $4,708.44/year (plus fees). niagaracollege.ca
Queen's University (Kingston) Film and media: $6,682/year. queensu.ca
Ryerson University (Toronto) RTA Image arts - film studies: $6,335.09. ryerson.ca
Seneca College/York University (Toronto) Digital media arts: $2,337.67. senecac.on.ca
Sheridan College (Toronto) Advanced television and film: $1,260/term (plus $2,000-$5,000 in materials); digital visual effects: $12,327/year. sheridancollege.ca
University Of Guelph (Guelph) Bachelor of applied arts in media studies: $3,534/semester. uoguelph.ca
University Of Ottawa (Ottawa) Minor in film studies: $3,079/semester. uottawa.ca
University Of Toronto (Toronto) Cinema studies: $5,695/year (plus fees). utoronto.ca
University Of Western Ontario (London) Film studies: $6,681/year. uwo.ca
Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo) Film studies: $3,168/term. wlu.ca
York University (Toronto) Film studies: $6,523/year. yorku.ca