Main Course

our intermediate production course

Class Description

This is our intermediate production class. Participants must have completed FAVA’s Video Kitchen course, or have proven equivalent experience (at the discretion of FAVA). This class will build upon a basic knowledge of production and editing, in order to take your craft to the next level. Similar to Video Kitchen, you’ll get to take a short film (under 10 minutes) from pre-production through to completion. This curriculum is designed to elevate the technical skills needed to fully realize your vision. With the guidance of instructors, you’ll decide whether to shoot on the ARRI SR3, ARRI III, AC-160, or EPIC. Learn how to level a dolly, the difference between a maffer, cardellini and gator clamp, and the importance of sound design and colour correction. Dramatic, documentary, or experimental projects are welcome and encouraged. All the necessary FAVA gear rentals are included in the class price, excluding film costs if you choose to shoot on film. You couldn’t rent the gear to make your movie for less than the price of this class!

Please note that shooting and editing your film will take place outside of class time.

Payment Policies

Class Payment and Cancellation Policy

Your enrollment in any class is not guaranteed until payment is received.  Classes must be paid for at least one week before the first class.  You may cancel your enrollment in a class one week before the first class without charge.  Cancellations made less than a week before the first class will be refunded the full amount less a $50 cancellation fee.  Cancellations made after the first class will be refunded the tuition less a $50 cancellation fee and the appropriate portion of the total tuition for the one class you attended. You must cancel before the date of the second class to receive a refund. All classes are subject to cancellation if there are insufficient registered participants.  We will notify you regarding cancellation at least one week before the first class.  If we cancel the class, you are entitled to a full refund or you may transfer to another scheduled class, space permitting.

Next Classes

Winter Main Course

Instructor: Katrina Beatty

Start Date: February 25, 2017

Duration: 12 weeks of instruction over 14 weeks (Feb 25 to May 27 – no class on Apr 15 & Apr 29)

Schedule: Saturdays from 10am to 2pm

Cost: Early Bird $895+GST (paid by October 31st, 2016) | Regular $945+GST

Register: Call 780-429-1671 to register

Programs Calendar

Upcoming Programs

The Programs Calendar is a combination of pretty much all the FAVA related activities from events to education. Including:

Select from the links above for their specific calendars. Or browse the following calendar to find all programming events.

May 2017
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
April 30, 2017

FAVA Free-for-all: Editing

FAVA Free-for-all: Editing
May 1, 2017

AFA Film and Video Arts Scholarship Deadline

AFA Film and Video Arts Scholarship Deadline

EAC Community Arts Program

EAC Community Arts Program
May 2, 2017


May 3, 2017 May 4, 2017 May 5, 2017 May 6, 2017

Main Course

Main Course
May 7, 2017 May 8, 2017 May 9, 2017


May 10, 2017 May 11, 2017 May 12, 2017 May 13, 2017

Main Course

Main Course
May 14, 2017 May 15, 2017 May 16, 2017


May 17, 2017

A Roll For Peter

A Roll For Peter
May 18, 2017 May 19, 2017 May 20, 2017

Main Course

Main Course
May 21, 2017 May 22, 2017 May 23, 2017 May 24, 2017 May 25, 2017 May 26, 2017 May 27, 2017

Main Course

Main Course
May 28, 2017 May 29, 2017 May 30, 2017 May 31, 2017

Super 8 Challenge

Super 8 Challenge
June 1, 2017

CIP Travel Grant Deadline

CIP Travel Grant Deadline
June 2, 2017 June 3, 2017

Upcoming Classes


Video Kitchen

This is our introductory class. It is a prerequisite to Main Course. Video Kitchen provides a creative place to explore and express your ideas visually.



for Screenwriters & Directors

This is your chance to move from one side of the camera to the other. and figure out what exactly you’re asking your actors to do!


Doc Shop

Do you have an idea for a documentary but don’t know where to start? Develop your idea into a documentary project.



Got a screenplay you’re itching to write? Develop your short or feature film script or one-hour teleplay in an intense but supportive workshop setting.


Main Course

This is our intermediate production class. Participants must have completed FAVA’s Video Kitchen course, or have proven equivalent experience.

Education Brochure

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Equipment List



All Workshops

FAVA also offers one-off workshops, and collaborates with other arts and culture organizations in workshops too. Check out the Calendar of upcoming workshops at FAVA and in the greater arts community.


FAVA Free For All Workshops

The FAVA Free For All is an ongoing series of one-off workshops that are FREE for our membership. Workshops are topical and range from beginner to professional levels. They could introduce you to new gear, best practices, aesthetics and techniques, or just about anything. Make sure to contact FAVA Programming and register for a FAVA Free For All, spaces are limited for each workshop.



Recent Programs Blog Postings

Personal Instruction

Access to Artists

Looking to learn how to use a specific piece of equipment or brush up your your skills in a certain area? If there isn’t a class or a workshop covering what you are interested in learning, FAVA members can contact our Director of Programming at, to set up one-on-one, member-to-member training through our Access to Artists program.


We Dare You

Super8 Challenge

Shoot some film! We dare you! Included in the cost of your registration you’ll get: a three-hour workshop on shooting super8; one roll of super8 film (one only! It’s a challenge!); a weekend rental of a super8 camera (or use your own if you have one); FAVA pays for shipping to the lab, film development, and transfer of all the films to DVD. See your masterpiece for the very first time alongside the other challenge participants at FAVA’s summer BBQ. Crank up your nerve and come have some fun shooting film.



Artist in Residence

FAVA supports local, national, and international artists in the creation of new work, providing facilities, materials and financial support for an artist in residence. The Artist in Residence is then responsible for some of the following residency components:

  • Workshop for FAVA members
  • Artist Talk & Screening
  • Office Hours to meet with FAVA members
  • Production of Work
  • Exhibition

Grants & Awards

Grants & Awards

FAVA offers a variety of Grants, Awards and Scholarships to help you make your stuff. Check out some of the opportunities available to our membership and the greater arts community.




FAVA Endowment Fund

Let's reach $100 000

The Society established an endowment fund in 2012 and has contributed to it in 2013, 2014, and 2015. The fund is administered by the Edmonton Community Foundation. The purpose of the fund is to create an investment resource that will help sponsor artist training, production and distribution far into Alberta’s future.

Endowment Fund (Goal $100 000)


Increase in Donations (2012-2013)


FAVA Annual Reports

Annual Report 2013

Annual Report 2012

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Get in Touch

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