It’s time. Start making your own films.


Program Highlights

Whether humorous, poignant, factual or commercial, great films are built on the same foundation: strong visual appeal, a unique angle and a well-written story. This intensive 6-month program will teach the technical and creative skills that are essential for any film industry professional. Students will be led through every aspect of the production process including writing, directing, shooting, and post-production.

The program is led and designed by award-winning professionals currently working in film and media. Our instructors know what it takes to succeed in an ever-changing field that thrives on talent, fresh ideas, and unyielding determination.

Graduates complete the program with a diploma and four portfolio pieces for use as a demo reel.

The Foundation Film Program combines both documentary and dramatic filmmaking to give students a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of film. The program uses interactive lectures, hands-on exercises and industry mentorship to prepare students for a rewarding career in the film industry.

Program Outline

Prerequisites: None
Duration: 27 Weeks
Time: 9:30am-4:30pm
Days: Monday to Friday

Spring 2016 Intake: March 14, 2016 to September 16, 2016

Fall 2016 Intake: October 11, 2016 to May 5, 2017


Weeks 1 to 17

No matter what style of film you’re making,
knowing how to effectively manage and lead a team is essential to succeed. Several award-winning directors lead classes through the intricacies of both dramatic and documentary filmmaking, mentoring students on what it takes to become successful film directors.

Lecture topics include:
        • The director’s vision
        • Screen direction
        • Shot selection
        • Leading a crew
        • Working with actors and subjects
        • Documentary interview techniques
        • Casting, rehearsing, and blocking

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Encompassing both camera operation and lighting techniques, the art of cinematography is a cornerstone for any film production. Students will be guided through cinematography concepts by established industry professionals, learning how to operate a range of cameras, control both natural and artificial lighting, and understand what it takes to succeed as a DOP in the film industry.

Lecture topics include:
        • Camera operation
        • Exposure theory
        • Framing and composition
        • Single and multiple point lighting
        • Painting with light
        • Dollies, Steadicams and other rigs
        • Manipulating mood with light


IMG_5701Story is the heart of any film. Each person on set works as a storyteller, using the script as a map on how to complement the overall story. Students will learn and practice screenwriting, completing several scripts under the mentorship of industry-leading writers.

Lecture topics include:
        • Character development
        • Script formatting
        • Story structure
        • Writing realistic dialogue
        • Beat sheets
        • Alternative storytelling

Editing and Post Production

EditingThe edit suite is where this form of art is built; where pieces of story, video, and sound are assembled into a full film. As Francis Ford Coppola put it, “The essence of cinema is editing.” Working with industry-standard software, students will be taught the theories and techniques behind editing before delving into more advanced topics such as motion graphics, greenscreen, and other digital effects.

Lecture topics include:
        • Editing theory
        • Cutting and assembling footage
        • Colour correction
        • Greenscreen compositing
        • After Effects animation

Comprehensive Training

Pull Focus strives to give its students a complete, comprehensive understanding of all aspects of filmmaking. With instructors sourced from working industry professionals, Pull Focus avoids the corporate attitude of film education many other schools perpetuate.

Other courses include:
        • Documentary story development
        • Producing
        • Assistant directing
        • Production design
        • Film aesthetics and history
        • Investigative video journalism
        • Commercial video production

Weeks 18 to 27

Graduation Projects

SoundThe last third of the program focuses on completion of short films that will showcase student’s abilities. Echoing actual practices, a competitive pitch process will ‘fund’ and build the crews for several student projects. Classes move to focus on building as strong a film as possible, and extensive industry mentorship will guide students into their future careers.

Courses include:
        • Intermediate cinematography
        • Advanced editing and post-production
        • Sound design
        • Colour correction
        • Grant writing
        • New and interactive media
        • Career-planning and networking
Demo Reel Content


Your show reel is your calling card. It’s your gateway to the industry and proof of your flair and dedication as a filmmaker.

You will graduate with at least four portfolio pieces that showcase your skills as a creative film professional:

    • Short Film (2–4 minutes)
    • Commercial Advertisement
    • Documentary Film
    • Grad Project (7–15 minute drama)
Program Cost

Program Cost – Domestic Students: $6100 CAD
(includes tuition, registration fee, textbook fee and materials)

Program Cost  – International Students: $6400 CAD
(includes tuition, registration fee, textbook fee and materials)