Have you thought of having a career in film?
Starland Studios is giving Drumheller and area residents the chance to learn more about the industry and potentially take part in it.
"We thought that this was one of the top film locations in the province, maybe even in Western Canada. A lot of the film makers that come here come and they leave, they don't really spend any money here or do much, but there's a tremendous amount of work done here," stated Matthew Todd Paproski, President of Starland Studios.
Starland Studios will be holding a free seminar on Thursday, February 16 at the Drumheller Legion.
"We have Damian Petti, who is with IATSE. IATSE hire a lot of behind the scenes people for music videos, film, concerts, to build stuff, cameras, make up, hair or even secretarial work," mentioned Paproski."We also have Tina Alford coming who is with Actra. That's for all actors, performers, stunt people or anything to do with performing. She's going to come and speak this week as well."
"We also have Jolayne Motiuk who is with Calgary Film. They have a brand new film studio and they're about to launch a whole bunch of other incentives to try and build our industry," Paproski added.
"One last surprise guest, my buddy Terry Marsh is coming. He's a location manager (and) he's actually been in the valley a lot here setting up filmmakers with local ranchers, restaurants or hotels to film here. Lately he's been filming all over the world as he was just in Cuba, he's got a lot of stories and we can learn a lot from him on how our community can take advantage of the film industry."
Paproski mentioned that this seminar is directed more to those who are very interested and want to be in the film industry.
"We want people to come that really want to be in this industry. We also want to show Calgary that we want to be in this industry, so I don't want a whole bunch of people coming from Calgary and not a lot of locals. So far, I'm getting really good feedback because since we've been here we've seen all sorts of people that want to be in the industry. There's these wonderful theatrical groups like the Passion Play, Rosebud or the Kaleidoscope. We really want to bring everybody out to show that we can build our own industry locally here," expressed Paproski.
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