Training & Events

Courses, Workshops & Events at Mastermind Studios

Mastermind Studios is dedicated to furthering the development of the Motion Picture and Game Design Industries within the TNRD region of British Columbia. To learn more about courses, workshops and events at Mastermind Studios please take a look at the links below. If you do not see an event that you are looking for below please contact Mastermind Studios by telephone at (250) 434-8918 or by email at

Mastermind Studios also hosts and sponsors a number of important events to support worthwhile causes in our community. Some of these events are also listed below. If you are an organization interested in working with Mastermind Studios to develop and promote your event please contact our events department by telephone at (250) 434-8918 or by email at

Scheduled Courses, Workshops & Events

Motion Picture Safety Awareness

in Partnership with Actsafe Safety Association

Date: March 18th & 19th, 2018 (4 x half day courses)

This four hour general safety workshop is designed specifically for the motion picture and television industry. Topics covered include, but are not limited to: identifying hazards; rights and responsibilities; and the importance of safety committees in the workplace.

Due to the hands-on nature of this training, we are limited to 20 people per class.

This course meets the requirements to become an associate member with the Directors Guild of Canada as well as a permittee with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 669 (IATSE 669), the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 891 (IATSE 891) and the Teamsters Local 155.

To learn more about this course and for registration information please go to the dedicated page: CLICK HERE –

Motion Picture Industry Orientation Course

in Partnership with the TNRD Film Commission & Actsafe

Date: March 24th & 25th, 2018

Mastermind Studios and the Thompson-Nicola Film Commission have partnered to offer the Motion Picture Industry Orientation Course, which is required by all BC Film Unions.

The course is taught from a motion picture production perspective, to inform students about the state of BC’s motion picture industry, jobs and skills required in the industry, the nature of the film industry, on-set operations, terminology and protocol, lifestyle, on-set and personal safety, safe working conditions & best practices in set sustainability, in order for students to make informed decisions before and after entering the motion picture industry. For further information and registration instructions please visit our dedicated page for this course:  CLICK HERE –

Breastfeeding Art Expo

A celebration of community, art, and breastfeeding

Date: April 5th through April 11, 2018

Having working with more than a dozen artists throughout the Interior Health region over the last three years Mastermind Studios is proud to have the final destination of this Art Exposition complete in Kamloops on our very own soundstage. Come down and experience the soundstage being converted into an art gallery for this important community healthcare and arts community event.

The goals of this Art Exposition are many and include: to increase awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding, encourage new ways of thinking about health through art, and support work towards establishing better care for women to breastfeed in the hospital and community.

Don’t miss this awesome free show! 150 breastfeeding art pieces and 20 documentary-style videos. For further information please visit our dedicated page for this event:  CLICK HERE –

Habitat For Humanity House Party Fundraiser

presented by Mastermind Studios

Date: April 14th, 2018

Kick-off BBQ season and come celebrate at the party of the year – the first ever Habitat House Party! Not your average fundraiser, this one-of-a-kind event guaranteed to entertain! We’ll have live music, dinner, party games, silent & live auctions, and plenty of surprises.

All proceeds will be used to support deserving families in building strength, stability, and independence through the secure foundation of home ownership within our community.

19+ Event. Find more information and registration details at: CLICK HERE –

Learn Screenwriting Workshop

with the TNRD Film Commission and Ian Weir

Date: April 21st & 22nd, 2018

Learn screenwriting from Ian Weir, Instructor, Playwright, Screenwriter & Novelist, in this rare workshop opportunity. Ian Weir is a playwright, screenwriter and novelist. Born in North Carolina, he was raised in Kamloops, British Columbia, where he told his piano teacher that he wanted to be a writer when he grew up. (Her reply: “Yes, that’s a nice hobby. But what do you want to do for a living?”)

After working for several years as a newspaper reporter, he completed a BA in English at UBC and an MA in Middle English Language and Literature at King’s College, University of London – an experience that started a life-long love affair with London itself. He wrote several radio plays for CBC and BBC, before establishing himself as a stage playwright. His first full-length play, The Idler, premiered in Vancouver in 1987, winning a Jessie Award for Best New Play and going on to several other productions across Canada. Ian was astonished to discover that he seemed to be doing this for a living, and has since written more than a dozen other plays, among them Bloody Business, St. George, and Hope and Caritas.

He stumbled more or less accidentally into screenwriting, and over the past twenty-five years has written extensively for television, most recently serving as creator and executive producer of the CBC one-hour drama series Arctic Air. Prior to that he was writer and executive producer of the acclaimed gangland miniseries Dragon Boys, a thriller set in the world of Asian organized crime on Canada’s West Coast. He was also the creator and executive producer of the long-running teen drama series Edgemont. Otherwise he has written more than 100 episodes for nearly two dozen series, ranging from ReBoot to Flashpoint. Awards include two Geminis, four Leos and a Writers’ Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award.

Find more information and registration details at: CLICK HERE –

Writing for Games

Introductory workshops in Partnership with Vancouver Film School

Date: May 5th& 6th, 2018

Learn Game Writing from veteran industry professionals! Video Games continue to explore bold new worlds of interactive entertainment – and the industry is beckoning for writers to create these worlds. Led by veteran industry professionals, John Meadows and Kelsey Kirvan, the VFS Writing for Games Workshops are designed exclusively for beginning to intermediate writers interested in exploring interactive narrative design and storytelling.

“As the game industry continues to boom, there has never been a better time to get involved in the narrative aspect of video game creation.” -John Meadows, Ubisoft

This weekend course is three (3) great workshops in one. Session 1 – So you want to be a Game Writer? Session 2 – Environmental Storytelling. Session 3 – Interactive Narrative. For more information please see our dedicated page for this training workshop:  CLICK HERE –

Air Bands Unite!

Presented by Mastermind Studios in support of special programming for Volunteer Kamloops

Date: May 26th, 2018

RELEASE YOUR INNER ROCKSTAR at the 1st annual AIR BANDS UNITE ! fundraising event presented by Mastermind Studios. This event will be raising funds for Volunteer Kamloops’ existing programs and to develop new programs to support emerging needs in the Kamloops community.

What: AIR BANDS UNITE ! (must be age 19+, no minors)
When: Saturday, May 26, 2018
Where: Mastermind Studios, 954 Laval Crescent, Kamloops BC. Event Time: 5 pm – 11pm
Air Bands Stage Time: 7pm sharp for registered Air Bands
Extras: 50/50 Draw, Audience Votes, Silent Auction, Food Trucks and a Beer Garden – all open for purchase

AIR BANDS UNITE ! will be a friendly competition with a focus on genre of music selection and costume for the decade of choice. There will be prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Like Volunteer Kamloops’ diverse membership of Kamloops agencies and volunteers, each Air Band will also be representative of Kamloops diverse community groups: a local business, a not-for-profit, teachers or medical workers, for example.

For more information please see our dedicated page for this training workshop:  CLICK HERE –

Lighting, Grip & Electrics Orientation for the Motion Picture Industry

2 Day Introductory workshop in Partnership with the Columbia Shuswap Regional District Film Commission

Date: June 2nd & 3rd, 2018

Learn more about Lighting, Grip & Electrics from veteran industry professional and Film Commissioner, David Barritt! More information coming soon.

This weekend hands-on workshop is two full days. Due to the style of workshop we are only able to make room for a maximum of 20 participants.