Pre-Production: Social Distancing Edition (Online)


So what is pre-production? What are the challenges of producing for a short vs a feature film?

This workshop will demonstrate why the steps between the script and production are essencial for a successful project. Participants will be introduced to pre-production elements and how to best prepare for production, be it a low-budget or micro-budget project, from an emerging independent producer/production management position. Participants will learn how the breakdown of a script will inform: Budget, Casting, Locations, Crewing, Scheduling and Workflow. Questions regarding the safety of your cast and crew and how to protect your production will be examined and insurance and permits will be discussed.

This a Free Workshop. No Registration Required. 

*In an effort to support artists during the COVID-19 pandemic, SAW Video is offering a free workshop series during the month of April for SAW Video members and members of the Ottawa arts community at large. 
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Duration in hours
Online Workshop - Link for live streaming will be available
Workshop Dates
Thursday April 9 2020, 3:00 - 6:00 pm



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.