Humber’s Television Writing and Producing graduate certificate program prepares you to work as a television writer and producer, and to work in the production offices and on sets of current major television shows.
You will learn how to write, as well as create and produce, all genres of television shows from half-hour situation comedy, animation, children’s, one-hour episodic, reality and lifestyle to late night comedies, short films and screenplays. You will work with award-winning writers; producers; directors; set designers; editors; directors of photography; and development and network executives from Toronto, Vancouver and Los Angeles to learn the lucrative and creative business of television and film. Learn from well-known guests, lecturers and faculty how to create, write, develop, pitch and sell the ideas that may one day lead to successful employment in writers’ rooms, production offices and on sets of major network television shows.Courses Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
Outline the requirements for various scripts including Movies of the Week, Variety Television, Children’s Programming and Dramatic Series.
Create “spec” scripts of types including Movies of the Week, Variety Television, Children’s Programming and Dramatic Series.
Calculate profit and sales figures for given productions.
Summarize trends in television sales, production and markets.
Prepare strategies for pitching and packaging new products.
Provide a critical summary of all the technical requirements associated with television production and give examples of the problems and challenges encountered in production areas such as sound, lighting, space, sets, animation needs, camera operation, make up, costume design and music.
Perform the duties of a director or a director’s assistant.
Demonstrate the skills of a story analyst, reader production assistant and writer’s assistant.
Demonstrate the responsibilities and functions of a theatrical agent.
Outline the entrepreneurial skills needed by script writers.
Network with well-known television writers and producers.
Exhibit team building and communication skills and profit from exercises that encourage self-understanding, peer respect and professional behaviours.
Our professionals are working professionals. They come from every area of the business including writers, producers, actors, comedians, directors and network executives.
Unlike students from other programs, Television Writing and Producing graduates enter the industry armed with their own spec or original script(s) in the any of the following genres: situation comedy, children's half-hour, animation, one-hour episodic, short film, screenplay, reality, and late night comedy. These scripts are invaluable writing samples that open doors for many grads.
Some of the graduates of this program are presently working as writers and producers at major television networks and major independent production companies. Some are working on popular television shows on CTV, CBC, NBC and MTV such as Big Brother, Bitten and New Girl. There are graduates currently running top animation TV series and working as literary agents in major agencies in Toronto.
Creative Writing - Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry
Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate
Length: 2 semesters
Film and Multiplatform Storytelling
Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate
Length: 2 semesters
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Watch the video to see how this program prepares you to work as a television writer and producer, and to work in the production offices and on sets of current major television shows.
Jazz Showcase - Presented by Humber Music
Fri, January 24, 2020 | 08:00 PM - 10:15 PM
Humber Music's Jazz Showcase is here!
Date: Friday, Jan 24, 2020
Location: Humber College Lakeshore Campus, A Building Auditorium
Tickets: General admission: $15, senior/student: $10. Humber Music Students are free. Tickets are available in advance here.
*Please note that only debit and credit will be accepted at the door*
Grad Spotlight: Fadi Sara
Tue, January 21, 2020
Fadi Sara graduated from 3D Animation in 2015 and is now the Tracking and Layout Department Lead at Mr. X in Toronto.
Fadi was recently featured in The Focus Magazine for his team's work on the dramatic scene where Brad Pitt's character plummets 80,000 feet to Earth from an antenna that extends outside the planet's atmosphere.
We caught up with Fadi to find out more about what he does and how Humber helped him get there.
What is your current job title and what does that mean on a daily basis?
My current job title is "Tracking and Layout Department Lead" at Mr.X Inc in Toronto, Ontario. The tasks I perform in a day can vary, so here are some of the things that I do:
Lead - I oversee a team of 8 others on a daily basis as part of my duties as lead. I work with them to address any issues or concerns they have, as well as just general supervision, support, and direction.
New Show Setup – I work with the technical leads in the studio to set up new shows. I help ingest the data that’s been given to us by clients and set up the foundation required for each show so they’re ready for our artists to work with. This includes things like dictating render resolutions, color spaces, and software templates.
Interviews – I conduct interviews alongside my manager to scout for potential new hires in the Toronto tracking and layout department.
General Troubleshooting – I work alongside all the artists in my department to help them with any issues they may have. This can be related to the specific shot/show that they’re working on, or it could be one of our proprietary tools that needs bug fixes.
Pipeline Overseeing – I manage and oversee the pipeline for the Tracking and Layout department across all 3 locations. The "pipeline" is the technical term for the proprietary toolsets that allow for the transfer of data from one department to the other. I discuss, oversee and approve any development that affects the data coming into or going out of the tracking and layout team.
Training – Having worked with a team to pioneer the current training system in place for Tracking and Layout, I still oversee the training to this day. New hires for Toronto are seated next to me and get 1-on-1 time as they are introduced to the tools and workflow. Once they’re at a comfortable level, we put them into production. During this phase, they continue to sit next to me so I can oversee their work and troubleshoot any hiccups they may experience.
Shot Work – If there’s nothing from the above list on my plate for that day, I work on individual shots alongside my team.
What was your career path to get where you are now?
My career path after leaving Humber has been fairly single track. I was hired at Mr. X while still in my third year and have been here ever since. I was brought in as an "Entry Level Tracking Artist". Over the years, I was presented with more responsibility and higher-level tasks as my skillset, knowledge, and experience grew.
In the fall of 2017, I worked with my supervisors to restructure and establish an entirely updated training program for new hires in our department. This training has been widely successful. Over 10 artists have gone through it since and almost all are now at a senior level.
In the spring of 2018, I was given the opportunity to travel to India. We opened a branch in Bangalore and I was sent there to train the staff of the tracking and layout department in our proprietary toolsets and workflows. I held live demos, recorded hours of video training documentation, established personal connections and rapport with the individual artists, and continued communication with them afterwards, overseeing their work and progress.
In the fall of 2019, the position for department lead became available and I was presented with the promotion. I’ve been in that role since.
How did your time at Humber prepare you for what you’re doing now?
Humber did a fantastic job of preparation me for my career.
The education I received allowed me to build a portfolio that helped me acquire the position in the first place.
The outreach to former students and industry professionals prepared me by helping set up an in-depth network of resources and contacts. This helped me understand the importance of communication and references. It was a Humber grad I met through this networking that recommended me for the position at Mr. X, helping me secure the job.
Studio tours and guest speakers hosted by the professors gave me insider knowledge about the workings of the industry, and supported everything the instructors were telling us. Humber also helped prepare me with useful pointers on how to set up my demo reel, website, and resume to stand out more than other applicants.
Find out more about Fadi Sara on IMDB and read the articles where he and his team were featured:
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