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Filmmaker GPS: Directing Essentials

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March 5, 2021

presented by screenwriter/director Lee Chambers

Date: Sunday, March 28, 2021

Time: 11am to 4pm +

Place: online (zoom) &  Limited Seating available 3rd floor Classroom (Covid-19 Rules will Apply)

!! Register Here !!

Price: Members – NO CHARGE
Non Members – $52.50 + GST total $55.13
Please call or email SMPIA Office for more information
Email: or call (306)780-9840


Part 1: The Creative Process – 11:00 to 12:45

On a movie set, everyone wants the top job of directing, but the position comes with tremendous responsibility. Directing isn’t just about directing actors and winning awards. The director holds the entire creative process together and keeps a film on track.

What does a director do to prepare? Taking a script and expanding into casting to working with a team to get ready to shoot – we’ll explore the steps you need to take to be ready to call – ‘Action!’

“Working with Lee was as comfortable as any experience I have had with a director – including my work with eight Academy Award winning directors”

Basil Hoffman, Actor – ‘The Artist’ & ‘All the President’s Men’


Part 2: On Set Directing – 13:00 to 14:45 + an additional Q&A hour

When the camera rolls, the cast and crew look to the director for guidance. From where to point the camera and how to cover a scene to dealing with the wide range of personalities on the set – it’s the director that sets the tone.

Together we’ll look at positive ways to ensure you get what you need for the edit and how to deal with and possibly avoid a crisis.


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Short and feature film writer and director Lee Chambers presents a GPS plan for how you can embrace the entire crazy journey of making a film. Chambers will encourage you to aim high – with a plan of attack – in what will also be an inspiring and funny look at being a filmmaker. 

What do people have to say?

“Loved it! Highly entertaining with lots of insight, inspiration and comedic effect to keep us engaged. Sign me up for the next course!”

“Educational and entertaining! A workshop for filmmakers and general audiences alike, enjoyable from start to finish!”

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LEE CHAMBERS has written, produced and directed many films over the last 25 years with executive support coming from 3 Academy Award winners, including Roger Corman.

After a nomination for the Director’s Guild of Canada Ontario Award for the short film When Life Gives You Lemons, Chambers co-wrote, produced and directed his directorial feature debut, The Pineville Heist. The feature won 35 festival awards and was released around the world via sales from Shoreline Entertainment.

Over the last year, Lee signed 4 feature deals as a screenwriter, released his award-winning The Devil Knows You’re Dead short film and is currently in post-production on Hell in a Handbasket – shot in Saskatchewan.

Along with making films, Chambers is also a popular motivational speaker, panel moderator and juror at film festivals in the USA, Canada, Australia, England, Portugal, Iraq and the Cayman Islands.