Motion Picture Industry Orientation

in Partnership with the TNRD Film Commission & Actsafe

Date: TBD

Please complete the wait list signup form at the bottom of this page to be notified when the next MPIO course is scheduled. The cost of this one-day course is $75 plus GST and once taken you can complete the online exam to receive your certification for an additional $50 plus GST.

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.

Watch the video to learn more and hear what others have had to say about this program.

More About this Course

Developed in partnership between Creative BC, MPPIA, and industry labour organizations, the Motion Picture Industry Orientation course is a comprehensive, mandatory course that provides you with the information you need to know before working on a film set.

The motion picture industry has high expectations of crew members, their knowledge and expertise, in order to “get the shot and make the day.” Course topics may include current filming information, growth and trends in the industry, its collaborative nature, demands and challenges facing production crew, job descriptions, on-set language, location respect, reading and understanding a call sheet, and on-set safety considerations and protocols for stunts and special effects.

This is now a ONE DAY Training course – you must attend for the full day and pass a test at the end to receive your certification.

The course runs from 9am to 4:30 pm with a 45 minute lunch break.

  1. Your certificate will be issued in your name and mailed to you upon successful completion of the course exam which is an additional $50 plus GST.
  2. When registering, please ONLY register ONE person per ticket. If you need to register multiple people, each must purchase a ticket in order for us to process the certificate. Ensure that you register under the name of the person who will be attending the course, along with a CURRENT AND COMPLETE mailing address; failure to do so may lead to a significant delay in receiving your certificate.
  3. You do not need to bring anything aside from a pen and food and drinks, however, you may like to bring a notebook or laptop to take notes. You will be provided a training manual.
  4. 45 minutes provided for a lunch break. Please provide your own meal and snacks. Coffee, tea and water provided. Microwave is available in classroom.
Contact or call 250-434-8918. If you prefer to register in person we accept visa, mastercard, and cash.


Please fill out the sign-up form below to be added to our Wait List and be notified for our next available Motion Picture Industry Orientation Course.