Sample School Group Schedule


At SCHOOL (Optional – during weeks prior to arrival at GIFTS)



Teachers and students have option to work on-line/in class with GIFTS’ professional Screenwriting Mentor to develop scripts for their 5-minute films. GIFTS will provide script software and support.



Meals: Breakfast is served at 7:30 a.m., lunch at 12:30 p.m., and dinner at 5:30 p.m.

(approximate times; may vary depending on shooting schedules).


Wake up: Students wake up at 7:30 a.m. every morning except Friday.


Bed Time: Students go to bed at 9:30 p.m. and have lights out by 10:00 p.m. every night except Thursday.


Day 1 Monday Morning: Travel to GIFTS (Times will vary based on Ferry Schedules)


Aprox: 10:25a.m. Travel to Galiano Island via BC Ferries (see Transportation Plan)


11:30-12:00 p.m. Arrive at GIFTS, room assignments, orientation, and introductions to staff


12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch


Day 1 Monday Afternoon: Tech Workshops


1:00-1:45 p.m. Mentor assignments, editing suite assignments, pre-production meetings regarding actors, props and locations.


Half the students shoot on Tuesday and the other half Wednesday


1:45-3:15 p.m. Tech Workshop: Mentors and/or technical staff will go over production equipment and camera operation with the students


3:30-5:30 p.m. In-camera Edit Exercise to develop technical skills


5:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner


6:30-7:30 p.m. Kitchen clean-up/free time. Students encouraged to continue pre-production planning


7:30-8:00 p.m. Storyboard Workshop: students learn to create storyboards and shot lists


8:00-10:00 p.m. Meeting with students shooting Tuesday, mentors, and director to finalize shooting plans.

Students finish storyboards and shots lists, and watch and discuss a film if time allows


Day 2 Tuesday: Shoot Day A


7:30 a.m. Wake up time daily, except for Friday


7:30-8:30 a.m. Breakfast


8:45-5:15 p.m. Shoot with mentor on location


7:30-9:30 p.m. Meeting with students shooting Wednesday, mentors, and director to finalize shooting plans.

Students finish storyboards and shots lists. Students who shot Tuesday capture footage to computer


Day 3 Wednesday: Shoot Day B


8:45-5:15 p.m. Shoot with mentor on location


7:30-9:30 p.m. Students capture footage to computer. If time allows, students watch and discuss a film


Day 4 Thursday: Post-Production


8:30-9:00 a.m. Edit workshop with tech staff


9:00-5:30 p.m. Students edit in groups. Mentors and tech staff offer assistance and critiques. Students select music from GIFTS library or create their own using sound studio and music software


6:30-7:30 p.m. Kitchen clean-up/free time and email access


7:30-10:30 p.m. Mentors critique rough cut of films. Students continue editing to finish fine cut before bed


11:00 p.m. Bed time


Day 5 Friday: Final Post-Production


7:30-12:00 p.m. Students edit color correction, compositing, and graphics; complete soundtrack composition and audio layering; and insert credits and final touches


12:00-12:30p.m Students watch final cut of films with tech staff and mentors before exporting. Students fill out video data forms, biographies, and release forms


12:30-1:15 p.m. Students pack.


1:45-4:00 p.m. Final barbecue at school and trip to beach


4:00-4:20 p.m. Transport to ferry – See Transportation Plan


After departing GIFTS




Teachers will returns with a USB of all the films created that week. Many groups hold a screening for family and friends. Schools will have the option to have the films on our Youtube site or not.

Please note that the ferry schedule changes regularly and are dependant of the day and season of travel; all ferry times should be confirmed on the BC Ferries website.


For more information, please contact the GIFTS’ School Group Coordinator @ or 250-539-5729.

To sumit a preliminary registration, fill out our School Group Registration Form.











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