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What is the Hart House Film Board?
The Film Board is a Hart House club that helps its members make movies through teaching filmmaking in workshops, lending out advanced, professional film & video gear and more! Buy a membership for $25 at the Hub on the main floor and borrow video cameras, lighting and mics, as well as get discounts on workshops and much, much more! More information to become a member and other important details are available at the membership FAQ page.
How do I become a member?
Just drop by the Hub on the first floor of Hart House anytime and buy a membership. Some of our gear needs a Safety Tutorial, so read the question titled, “How do I borrow gear?” Sign up for our email newsletter on the right side of this page and you’ll stay in touch about great things happening around the Film Board.
How do I borrow gear?
Our advanced (read: better) gear requires safety certification. There’s two ways to get this certification: complete a Safety Tutorial or demonstrate competence and experience of the gear. Then go over to our Equipment Request Form and fill it out. Wait for us to respond to your request and drop by and pick up the gear.
THE SAFETY TUTORIAL IS MANDATORY BEFORE YOU CAN USE ADVANCED VIDEO, LIGHTING, AND AUDIO PRODUCTION EQUIPMENT.
What about the edit suites?
Drop by during office hours for an overview of how to use the edit suite and ask us to make an account for you. Then sign up on the front door of the Film Board office for a time to use a particular computer. Then drop by the Hub and trade your membership card for a key that will let you into the edit suite. The Edit Suite is available almost all the time the House is open. Keys must be returned to the desk no later than 11:30pm the same day they are borrowed. You are not to leave the building with the key.
How about the Super 8?
Super 8 is an old gauge of film primarily used by amateurs (but should not be thought of as an amateur format) and the Film Board maintains a small collection of cameras. Speak to the Curators about the advantages of shooting super 8 film.
How do I get involved?
The Film Board is a volunteer-run organization so we’re always looking for volunteers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your interest and we’ll get back to for an informal interview about your skills and how they could best be used at the Film Board. Certain volunteer tasks qualify for reduced-rate or free equipment rentals.
Other than gear, training and friendliness, what else do you offer?
The Film Board sponsors screenings of student made films, limited grants, the New Filmmaker’s Project and the Farm Project. The New Filmmaker’s Project and the Farm Project are collaborative projects made by our members of all skill levels which are screened at our screenings.