Testing camera and sound equipment for Cinécole 2016 at Studio Morin Heights.

© 2016 Shootfilms

the log line

Concordia University's Cinécole summer intensive is a pre-professional practicum for senior high school and college students looking for a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental aspects of media production.


From the producer's pitch to the director’s cut, students learn all aspects of  cinematic art and craft by making their own documentary short-subject while mentored by industry professionals.


Films premiere at a special symposium presentation in the evening of August 23rd to an audience of family, friends and VIP guests from Concordia's Faculty of Fine Arts.

F. C. Smith Building, Loyola Campus,

the base camp

Concordia University is home to one of Canada’s top film schools. Many of its graduates have gone on to successful careers all over the world. Cinecole’s base camp is at Concordia’s Loyola Campus. Shuttle bus service offers a free and convenient link to downtown Montréal. Breakfast and lunch are available at The Market next to the Tim Horton’s. Snacks and drinks are available on set.


Louise Leroux

on location in Fontaine Notre-Dame, France filming  Le Cheval oublié
for Heritage Canada, Bell Media Canal D and K-Films Amérique. 

© 2018 Shootfilms

the supervising director

Louise is a cinéma vérité filmmaker who writes, shoots, directs and edits all her own films. To practice her craft Louise founded Studio Morin Heights, a script-to-screen production house offering a complete 4K workflow including broadcast and digital cinema packaging. A product of The National Film Board of Canada's Studio B, Louise's list of film credits is a  who’s who of documentary filmmakers in Canada and abroad. As a director, Louise has delivered over 25 hours of prime-time broadcast and theatrically distributed content. The recipient of multiple awards, Louise was named one of Canada's foremost filmmakers by Telefilm Canada in 2017. Louise is a member of SARTEC, ARRQ and the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.

Rick Blackburn

with Georges Archaumbault scouting locations in Paris while filming

Les Boys, le documentaire for Radio-Canada & Seville E1.

 © 2013 Shootfilms/Melenny

the line producer

Rick worked his way through university crewing for theatre, stage and film. He has worked on $50,000,000 blockbusters and no-budget indies. The films he has produced are critically acclaimed, rating leaders and multiple award  winners. He  has  worked with hundreds of artists and technicians from all over the world and learned  from each  and every one.  Rick is a  past member of Nabet 700, IATSE 56 and APFTQ and currently a member of SARTEC, AQTIS and the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. He is a MEQ licensed English Language Arts & Media specialist and has a BEd, MA and PhD from McGill Universityrickblackburn.com

 Karen Shamy-Smith, Morgan Gage, Amber Goodwyn & Beverly Brown

on the set of Salt filming Juno award winners Julie Dorion and the Wooden Stars at the Rivoli, Toronto.

© 1999 Shootfilms & NFB

the back story

Louise and Rick have been teaching the cinécole method to young people interested in media production for over twenty years.


Their first film camp production, kicks, won Best Direction, Best Editing and Best of Fest at Toronto's 1998 KIDS TV International. Their second youth-directed film, the NFB feature-length documentary Salt, premiered in official competition at  Montréal's  FNNM, won Most Innovative, at Vancouver's Reel to Real and the Bronze Plaque at Colombus International.


They have taught their work-based learning approach to media production in
high schools, film festivals and summer camps across Canada. They are very happy to offer the cinécole program this summer exclusively at Concordia University.

Pedestrian walkway, Vieux Port, Montreal.

the location

Montréal is a global city. After Paris, it is the largest French-speaking cosmopolis in the world. It is "Canada’s capital of all things cultural", the best city in the world to be a University student, and the birthplace of North American cinema.


The first movie projection in America took place June 28,1896 in the Palace Theatre on the third floor of the Robillard Building at the corner of St-Laurent Boulevard and rue Viger. Two days later the same movie premiered in New York City.


Cinéma vérité, documentary film’s most famous genre, was invented by Montreal filmmakers  Michel Brault, Gilles Groulx and Marcel Carrière while filming Les Raquetteurs. ©1958 National Film Board of Canada

Morgan Gage and her crew on the set of Salt filming an interview for her film on Julie Doirion .

©Shootfilms 1999


$2250.00 tx incl

• August 5, 8:00am 7141 Sherbrooke W,

  CC 204, Central Building, Loyola Campus,

  Concordia University


• 15 days of intensive hands-on instruction.


• Full-time mentoring by industry professionals.


• A broadcast quality short-subject documentary.


• Certificate of completion & list of acquired skills.


• Adjudicated assessment at gala presentation.




Concordia's Cinécole Film Camp 2019

the call sheet


Limited Places Available  Register Here

producer's note

The Cinécole project has one philosophical purpose the world according to you and one governing principle to tell the truth. In a world of fake news, unschool sand branded tap water our democratic, educational and economic models are in desperate need of renovation. Cinécole's value proposition is to help people better see the truth, make the story they see and make the world better by telling those stories.

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