The CSC Field of View Mentorship Program

NEXT APPLICATION ROUND: JANUARY 2022

About the Program

The Canadian Society of Cinematographers was founded in 1957 with the purpose of fostering the art and craft of cinematography. Its mandate supports a full agenda of training, mentorship, education, and dissemination of the latest in technical and product information.

The CSC Field of View Mentorship Program is an ongoing program that aims to make the cinematography profession more inclusive and foster diversity behind the camera. Priority will be given to individuals who come from traditionally marginalized groups, though candidates from all backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.

Maya Bankovic csc and Christina Ienna Associate Member teach lighting.

At this time, Mentees must be a CSC member (Associate, Student, Affiliate or Companion) to be eligible for the CSC Mentorship program. Applicants may apply to the program without membership, and will be directed to the Membership Committee if their application is successful. Bursaries are available for applicants who require financial assistance in order to join.

Learn more about our different levels of membership here.

Ashley Iris Gill Associate Member

Full CSC Members and Associate Members with ten years or more experience will mentor Associate Level Members with less than ten years experience and Affiliate and Companion Members at similar experience levels. Associate Members with less than ten years experience will mentor Student, Affiliate, and Companion Members at similar experience levels.

Pairing Associate Level Members with other Associate Level Members will be done based on a differential in years, level of experience, and skills sought and offered by both candidates. Associate Members with more than ten years of experience are also welcome to apply.

Students are welcome to apply. It is not required that applicants possess a college degree or have earned higher education.

Upon a successful application, the CSC Mentorship Team will pair mentees with a CSC Mentor. The number of accepted mentees will vary based on available mentors and the applicant pool.

Gabriela Osio Vanden Associate Member

Mentors and Mentees will meet, at minimum, for 10 sessions (or 10 non-consecutive hours) during a six month period, with the possibility of expanding the parameters of the mentorship.

The mentor will be available to discuss professional questions and issues relating to career growth and objectives — please note, this is not an appropriate space for the mentee to ask to be hired.

Involvement can include in-person or online meetings, set visits, feedback on the mentee’s work, discussion of techniques, career advice, invitations to surveys, technical tests, colour grading sessions, and any number of other opportunities that the mentors may be able to offer.

The Field of View Mentorship Program aims to encourage a more balanced experience for both mentee and mentor than traditional mentorship  programs. Please read our list of suggestions for a fruitful mentorship experience for all involved.

David Lam Associate Member

Benefits to Participating in a Mentorship

  • Cultivate and help develop a more diverse industry
  • Grow your knowledge of the craft
  • Give to and receive from your community
  • Improve your leadership and management skills
  • Grow your network
  • Develop your communication skills
  • Engage with the CSC and its community in a positive way
  • See things from another’s perspective
  • Publicity about your involvement in the program on the CSC’s Social Media and Magazine

Cinematographer Vinit Borrison (at right) with a shadow on a commercial set.
Jeremy Benning csc on the set of The Expanse, with Matt Bendo Associate Member shadowing. Photo by Rafy

Eligibility

Mentors

  • Be a CSC Member
  • Have the time and energy to commit to a mentorship
  • Have a strong desire to encourage education and curiosity
  • Have taken the time to reflect on your own path

Mentees

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Meet CSC Membership Eligibility Requirements
  • Be or become, upon a successful application, a Member of the CSC
  • Have an eagerness and enthusiasm to learn
  • Must have the maturity to receive constructive criticism and accept guidance
  • A strong desire to learn about cinematography

NEXT APPLICATION ROUND: JANUARY 2022

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions 

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older at the time of application. 

By applying to the CSC Mentorship Program, every applicant is agreeing to all CSC Terms and  Conditions listed and available.

Please note, there is no guarantee of advancement or acceptance into the program. The CSC  reserves the right to delay announcements for any reason. If an application is not successful, the  applicant is strongly encouraged to reapply in the future. 

By submitting to the program you are holding harmless CSC or any employees of agents  from any claims,  expenses and liabilities, including but not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation, copyright,  libel, trademark infringement, slander, personal property infringement. 

You will be required to undergo a free Anti-Oppression/Unconscious Bias Training upon admission  to the program.