Sets design courses - MONDEL – L’Atelier du Cinéma – Training Center for Technical Cinema and Television Professions

Set design

The set technician works under the supervision of the set designer or, if applicable, the chief set designer, and mainly performs tasks related to the handling, installation, and removal of set elements.

*Please note that the use of the masculine gender has been adopted for ease of reading and is not intended to be discriminatory.

Course plan

  • Training presentation
  • General presentation of the artistic department
  • Detailed presentation of the props department on local and foreign shoots
  • Set prop designer
  • Exterior prop designer
  • Set designer
  • Set decorator
  • Set prop assistant
  • Exterior prop assistant
  • Assistant set decorator
  • Set prop assistant: collaboration with main colleagues
  • Exterior prop assistant: working with key colleagues
  • Set technician: overview of the job and links with props technicians
  • Set technician: working with other artistic trades
  • Set technicians: basic tools and kit
  • Other art department trades: sculpture assistants, molding, painting, carpentry, special effects, landscaping
  • Script: reading and breakdown of accessories
  • Budget and expense accounts
  • Props: estimating quantities required
  • Preparing the prop truck before shooting
  • Shooting: the mechanics of the process
  • Shooting: on-set props and work situations
  • Shooting: exterior props, work situation and time management
  • Shooting: set decorator, situation and time management
  • Shooting: set design, situation and time management
  • Shooting: set technician, situation and time management
  • Visit to the props truck
  • Studio and set visit
  • Continuity: the importance of prop and set connections
  • Overview of rights and sponsorships
  • Advertising: tips and tricks for props and set technicians
  • Working with the 2nd unit in the artistic department
  • Working with the seasons
  • Tips and best practices in the props profession
  • Wrap, returns, sales and ecological arrangements
  • Concluding and debriefing assistants
  • Safe use of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) and aerial work platforms
  • Safe use of forklift
  • Truck stowage, preventive and practical driving
  • Final simulation

General skill courses

Here is the content of the general skill courses that takes place in the first hours of all training programs:

  • Act respecting owners, operators and drivers of heavy vehicles (Bill 430)
  • Awareness of the impact of filming on the living environment and residents
  • First aid in the workplace
  • Hazardous products and WHMIS
  • History of Quebec cinema
  • Introduction to the union – AQTIS 514 IATSE
  • Masterclass conference, open to the public
  • Notions of ecology: application of green sets
  • Occupational Health and Safety on film sets
  • Penal and criminal liability (Bill C-21)
  • Personal responsibility and rental equipment
  • Personal finances
  • Presentation of key positions in production departments
  • Presentation of the AQTIS-514-IATSE union agreement
  • Prevention of physical and psychological harassment
  • Preventive driving
  • SAAQ Highway Code and general tie-downs
  • Sanitary measures and the pandemic
  • Teamwork, interdepartmental interaction and hierarchy
  • The Actor’s role and relationship with the technical team
  • The Producer’s role and relationship with his technical team
  • Understanding direction and production documents