Fall Sessions for Kids!

 Back Lanes Studios has some exciting after-school and weekend programs for students starting in September at our studio in the heart of Roncesvalles Village, 9 Neepawa Ave. We are offering classes in both filmmaking and photography. Our teachers are industry professionals. Classes are small. We supply equipment. Interested? Questions? Email us at info@backlanestudios.ca or call us at 647-313-1654!

We offer $25 off for former students and 10% off for multiple sign-ups of siblings and friends.


Tuesdays,  Oct. 10 to Nov. 28, 4:00 -5:30 p.m. (8 sessions):  
A comprehensive and practical course in moviemaking! Come explore the history of motion pictures through the arts and crafts of early movie machines like the zoetrope.. Explore Stop Motion, Time Lapse, gifs, and write, produce and edit a short documentary. Taught by filmmaker Jordan McTavish, an experienced and adaptable instructor with Vulnerable Sector Clearance.
Ages: 11+  Fee: $325

What We Provide:
• Instruction and materials to make arts and crafts movie machines.

• Digital video production studio and hands on training.
•Multiple Mac edit suites with Final Cut Pro X.                                                

Come out for two iSaturday sessions, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.,  and learn to create content using YOUR  smart phones and tablets as multimedia production studios. Learn about composition and mastering photo manipulation. Create gifs, produce stop-motion videos and time lapse. Manage your YouTube channel and learn ways to grow  your audience through social media engagement! Two opportunities offered: 
Registration A – October 21 and 28 (2 sessions)
Registration B – November 18 and 25 (2 sessions)
Fee: $125 with discounts for multiple registrations.

*Be prepared to use personal equipment, eg: iPhone, iPad, other phones or  tablets. A limited number of iPads are available. Please inquire when registering


What We Provide:
• Digital cameras and portable printers for use during the program.
• Participants will print and take home their favourite photos.
• Taught by Diana Nazareth, a certified Teaching Artist Instructor with Vulnerable Sector Clearance.

On each PA Day you’ll learn about the fundamentals of digital photography through fun, theme-based photo scavenger hunts around Roncesvalles and other creative photo-based activities. You’ll also master the settings on your camera, learn about composition, perspective, lighting, elements of design and how to best capture the people and places in your neighbourhood. Digital cameras and accessories provided at no extra cost and students will print their photos in class to take home.
Ages: 9-13. Spots are limited. $75 for each PA Day. Pay $200 for all three. Snacks are provided, but we request that your child come with a packed lunch.

PA Day: Oct. 6                          PA Day: Nov. 17                       PA Day: Dec. 1
Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.               Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.               Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Theme: Capturing Colour     Theme: Looking for Light     Theme: Shutter Speed

Wednesdays,  Sept. 27 to Nov. 29, 4:00 -5:30 p.m.(10 sessions)                                                In this after-school program participants will go on fun, outdoor photo scavenger hunts, find faces in places, make photo action flip books, create friendship triptychs, learn about composition, vantage points, elements of design, scale and perspective, macro photography, and so much more in this photo-activity packed club program! At the end of this program students will receive a fine-art printed photo booklet of their favourite 20 images, and a certificate of program completion.
Ages: 9-13. Spots are limited.  Fee: $325.

Saturdays: Oct. 14-Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-12:30 pm (8 sessions)      
                                         Our Saturday program is designed to teach students the photographic techniques needed to create compelling images. Each session we will explore the fundamentals of photography such as perspective, composition, and lighting as well as different and inspiring visual themes that will help them grow their photographic and visual thinking skills. We’ll also explore the history of photography, the work of iconic photographers and learn how to ‘read a photograph’ through observation and discussion of photographs depicting current events. At the end of this program students will receive a fine-art printed photo booklet of their favorite 10 images, as well as curate and mount a photo studio exhibit for their family and friends on the last session date where they will be presented with a certificate of program completion. to take home.
Ages: 11-14.  Spots limited. Fee: $325. Healthy snacks provided.
Email us at info@backlanestudios.ca or call us at 647-313-1654!

 Free Workshops for Seniors 

Come to our studio in the heart of Roncesvalles for  free video workshops. New programs start in October. We are offering a choice of morning or afternoons. Learn some basics about making a video. Tell some of your family stories. Describe what it was like when you were growing up. Talk about a favourite item or integrate stories with photographs and memorabilia. And it’s all free. You will have two experienced filmmakers to help you!

  1. Six morning sessions, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Oct. 3-Nov. 7

  2. Six afternoon sessions, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Oct. 19-Nov. 23

Email us at info@backlanestudios.ca or call us at 647-313-1654!

Back to Schools:

We are heading back to the schools this fall for another three-week session with a Grade 12 class at Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton School.

For Seniors: We have completed a program at the Chartwell Grenadier Retirement Residence and would like to thank the participants!.