Want to Become an Event Planner? Discover how the Olympics Are Planned!

Posted on August 19th, 2016 - Written by: Trebas Toronto

You must have strong organization skills in order to become an event planner

You must have strong organization skills in order to become an event planner

Imagine having to plan the biggest event in the world: the Olympics. Since 1896, when the first Olympics were held in Athens, Greece, they have consistently been the most elaborate, intense celebrations of athletic achievement, cultural pride, and patriotism on the planet.

From the date a host city is officially selected to the day those Olympics begin, there is usually an average of seven years in between for planning the event, working out its logistics, and ensuring it runs smoothly. Seven years are needed to work out how to redesign an entire city—its transport and warehouse logistics, supply chain operations, as well as the unprecedented increase in demand that many businesses will have to be prepared to handle.

If you’re interested in event planning, read on to find out three things that go into planning the biggest event in the world.

1. Anyone who Went to Event Planning School Knows the Importance of Managing Time

Without time management skills, the chances of an event falling apart before it even begins are high. This is especially true for the Olympics, which take seven years to plan; seven years to basically reshape the flow and look of a city so that it represents its country in the best possible light.

One of the benefits of having so much time to work with is that it allows event planners to indulge their creativity and look for unorthodox ways to fulfill their vision. An example of this would be the 2012 London Summer Olympics, where event planners got James Bond (played by Daniel Craig) to fly Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to the Opening Ceremony, before they both parachuted into Olympic Stadium. Coming up with and having the time to execute such a creative vision is a big reason why students choose to become an event planner.

Event planning school teaches you how to harness your creativity in a productive way

Event planning school teaches you how to harness your creativity in a productive way

2. Students in Event Planner Courses Know Planning the Olympics Includes Logistics

Logistically, event planning can be a nightmare without the proper training. From warehouse to transport to supply chain logistics, event planners need to juggle demands from different organizations. However, learning to manage all of these high-pressure demands is something that you learn in event planning school and that you witness in action during your training.

Event planning for the Olympics involves similar prioritization, but on a much bigger scale. For example, event planners for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Summer Olympics are working with the Brazilian Government to create a third metro line directly into some Olympic venues, while also developing a Bus Rapid Transit system to move spectators around easily; all this to solve transport logistics and help the city avoid traffic congestion during the event.

3. Event Planners Use Multidisciplinary Skills to Ensure Olympic Venues Stay Active

One of the best things about event planning is that it incorporates a variety of fields, from managerial skills to public speaking and then some. Not only does this allow you to develop many different skills, it also allows you to become a ‘jack of all trades.’

Event planners try to find creative, affordable ways to maximize the benefits of their events. An example of this is the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics, where apartment buildings that were built for athletes and their entourage will be converted into condos following the conclusion of the Games. Such a shift forces event planners to research and understand multiple fields, from architecture to public safety to zoning requirements.

Event planning requires creativity, time management and problem solving skills, as well as familiarity with many different fields. For a busy, passionate, rewarding career, you can’t do much better!

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2 Tips for Writing Exciting Non-Linear Movie Scripts in Film School

Posted on August 12th, 2016 - Written by: Trebas Toronto

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One of the first uses of non-linear story telling in cinema was in D.W. Griffith’s Intolerance, which uses four separate parallel stories, each separated by centuries. Although the film didn’t achieve great commercial success, the film heavily impacted the movie industry by showing movie makers that stories do not always need to be told chronologically. The non-linear movie script doesn’t have a beginning, middle, and end. Rather, it tells a story by rearranging events and trying to allow the structure of the film to better represent the psychological condition of the characters. For instance, many non-linear movie scripts will give audience members a peek into a character’s mind with the use of a ‘flash back’ moment.

Continue reading to discover two tips for writing non-linear movie scripts in film school.

1. Students in Film School Should Take some Advice from Tarantino; Focus on the Page

It could be said that Quentin Tarantino is a contemporary master of non-linear movie scripts. His films distort time and audience perceptions. From his directorial debut film Reservoir Dogs to the wildly popular Pulp Fiction, Tarantino makes chronological enigmas beautiful. His timelines make your brain tick, and gives audiences insight into characters’ histories to develop them more thoroughly. So, how does he do it? In an interview from The Hollywood Reporter, he provides some great advice for students in film editing school. Tarantino explains that he doesn’t think about the entirety of the movie while writing. He merely makes each page of script a work of art in and of itself. He wants each page of the script to be able to stand alone, and then worries about ‘climbing the mountain,’ as he says, or making the puzzle fit later on.

2. Students in Film Editing School Can Use Time Indicators to Link Stories Together

Director Jim Jarmusch explains that in art, “There are no rules. There are as many ways to make a film as there are potential filmmakers. It’s an open form.”

Not only does he preach this mantra, he follows it as well. Jim Jarmush’s film Mystery Train is written in a non-linear fashion. Three stories are told separately, at different times in the movie, but there are indicators that the stories are actually taking place simultaneously. The use of ‘time indicators,’ which are elements of the movie that show the stories are taking place at the same time, help to connect several different stories together. In Mystery Train, Jarmusch uses a gunshot, a passing train, and a radio announcement to help audiences recognize that the stories are happening simultaneously, even if they are being told in fragments.

When you graduate from your film courses and begin writing scripts that are fragmented and non-linear, try to incorporate ‘time indicators’ to let the audience know about the timing of certain scenes. This tactic is also done in Charlie Kaufmans’s non-linear film Synecdoche, New York, which uses time indicators by subtly showing shots of calendars and clocks to remind the audience of the time.

Whether it’s using time indicators or making each page be able to stand alone as a piece of art, writing a non-linear script is both an intense and rewarding process for film students.

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Considering Recording School? Learn About the Expert Instructors You’ll Meet at Trebas

Posted on August 5th, 2016 - Written by: Trebas Toronto

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Great teachers and insightful mentors can, and have, changed many lives. By sharing their experiences working in the industry, and teaching students the hands-on skills they need, the instructors at Trebas help each and every student graduate ready to launch their careers. These experienced and caring instructors have won awards, toured the world, and spent years working in Canada’s thriving music industry. They teach everything from audio in film and television to songwriting to modern production mixing and mastering and beyond. So whether you want to be the next great DJ, or become an audio engineer, Trebas’ many experienced instructors can help you achieve your goals. Many of them will even be able to give you advice based on their own experiences and careers in the industry.

Read on to discover the stories behind just two of the instructors you might meet at Trebas.

Murray Foster Is The Perfect Instructor For A Recording Course

There aren’t many people in Toronto who are more well-suited to be a Trebas instructor than Murray Foster. Foster has a music industry resume as long as Beethoven’s 9th symphony. He is the bass player for the Newfoundland band Great Big Sea, and was also a member of the Toronto satirical band Moxy Fruvous. The Great Big Sea have been nominated for many Juno awards and have become Canadian legends.

Foster has also produced shows for CBC radio and has recently used his skills for philanthropic reasons. In January 2012, Foster wrote and recorded thirty songs for the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s DARE fundraiser. He really is proof that the skills you can acquire in recording school can go well beyond the recording studio, as the multi-talented man is set to direct a feature-length film called The Cocksure Lads which he wrote himself in addition to the entirety of the soundtrack for the film. With all his amazing experience in the field, Foster is the perfect instructor to give you real-world advice and let the best version of you shine through in your music. Foster currently teaches songwriting at Trebas. Check out the video below to see Murray Foster in action!

DJ Grouch Is A Toronto Hip-Hop Legend With A Lot To Teach In A Recording Course

Hip-hop is huge in Toronto. Since the dawn of the Toronto hip-hop scene, which saw the rise of hip-hop greats Kardinal Officiall and Saukrates, Toronto has been a hub for many top artists. DJ Grouch has worked with both of these artists, as well as a host of others. He has played at almost every venue in Toronto and has toured across Canada, the United States, and even Europe. DJ Grouch has recently focused on his production skills and released material under the name Pherenziks. At Trebas, students are lucky to learn from him when they take a recording course; he currently teaches audio engineering.

Hear DJ Grouch in action in the video below:

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4 Ways Top Film and Television Schools Can Help You Land Your Dream Job

Posted on July 29th, 2016 - Written by: Trebas Toronto

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How did top filmmakers launch their careers? Many will tell you that they were persistent, and kept trying without ever giving up. But while persistence is important, there is more the puzzle when it comes to landing your dream career.

The following are some of the best pieces of advice that students in film and television schools can use in order to land their dream job after graduation.

1. Courses in Television Help You Develop Your Network

Networking is an important part of landing a job in any field, and film and television is no exception. That’s because many jobs are filled before they are made public, as peers recommend trusted professionals they know. Fortunately, students can quickly build up their networks throughout their studies.

Try networking at film and television events in order to meet industry contacts and become friends with people who work at companies you would love to be a part of. Film and television schools can also assist with this process by introducing you to other professionals in your field, and can help you develop relationships with peers and other students that can last a lifetime.

2. Film and Television Schools Help You Hone Your Skills and Excel at Your Craft

Malcolm Gladwell is an author who studied some of the greatest success stories of our generation—including Bill Gates and The Beatles. He found that they all have one thing in common: putting in tremendous amounts of time and effort into their craft. Gladwell explains that it takes about 10,000 hours to master a skill, so keep up the good work! When you perfect your craft, whether it’s script writing or directing, opportunities will start to appear. Courses in television can open a lot of doors for you, as they teach you the ins and outs of everything from developing your storytelling abilities to lighting the perfect set.

3. Television Schools Help Students Build up their Portfolios

Resumes are an important aspect of landing your dream job, sure, but they can only carry you so far. Companies want results. They don’t want to just be told what you have done; they want to see it for themselves. This is where the importance of a portfolio comes in. Constructing a portfolio allows you to show off your great work to potential employers, and if done creatively, can be a work of art in and of itself.

Television schools offer students everything from hands-on training to access to industry standard equipment—the perfect tools for building up a stellar portfolio. Once you’ve completed your portfolio, don’t forget to add it to social media outlets such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter to get your work out there.

4. The Right Television Schools Encourage You to Follow Your Dreams

Steve Jobs once said that “the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” That’s why for many students, the immersive environment of a film and television school is so important. It helps to remind them what they love most about the field, even as they build the skills they need to make their mark within it.

According to a recent poll, 70 per cent of Americans hate their job; so remember to follow your heart and don’t be part of the majority!

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3 Critical Listening Exercises Music Production School Students Must Try

Posted on July 22nd, 2016 - Written by: Trebas Toronto


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Critical listening skills are essential for music production school graduates

What’s the secret to becoming a top producer? While having extensive knowledge of different recording techniques and equipment is valuable, what really separates a good recording professional from a great one is critical listening skills.

In recording, critical listening is the art of analyzing various components of a mix, and evaluating how they fit into the overall soundscape. And while a ‘good ear’ comes more naturally to some people than others, there are a number of exercises music production students can do to hone their abilities and produce more polished, distinctive work.

Want to improve your critical listening skills? Read on to find out how.

1. Music Production Colleges Teach Students to Analyze the Elements of a Mix

One of the most straightforward critical listening exercises involves choosing a song and deconstructing different elements of the mix, analyzing how they contribute to the recording as a whole. In his book The Mixing Engineer’s Handbook, Bob Owsinski suggests that every mix has six principal elements:

  • Balance: The prominence of each individual track in the mix
  • Panorama: How different tracks are spaced from left to right in the stereo field
  • Frequency Range: The prominence of the bass, mid, and treble ranges in the mix
  • Dimension: The sense of movement and space in the overall sound
  • Dynamics: Changes in volume, tempo, time signature, and key
  • Interest: Anything that makes a mix memorable, such a melodic hooks, tonality, or effects

Try listening to some of your favourite songs and note anything that you can pick out under each of these headings. Hopefully, you’ll begin identifying specific techniques that producers you admire use regularly, which you can then apply to your own work at music production school.


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Students in music production colleges can listen to songs and note the different sonic elements


2. Music Production Students Learn How to Isolate Individual Tracks

While the first exercise can be very effective, it can often be difficult for beginners to identify specific tracks or instruments, particularly in heavily layered mixes. If you’re having trouble with this, try and get your hands on a master file of a multitrack recording, and listen to it through a mixing desk. Then try the following exercise:

  1. Mute every track on the recording except one, such as the bass line.
  2. Listen to the individual track in isolation to familiarize yourself with it.
  3. Listen to the full mix and try to pinpoint the individual track within the overall soundscape.

This can be a great way to train your ears to isolate specific sounds, and identify their place in an overall mix more efficiently. And thanks to the various projects completed by students each year, music production colleges tend to have large stocks of multitrack recording files available, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to practice.

3. Train Your Ears with a Blind Listening Exercise at Music Production School

Of course, you don’t need sophisticated studio equipment to practice critical listening. In fact, one of the most effective exercises you can do is to simply find a busy outdoor space, close your eyes, and listen. The lack of visual distraction will force you to pay more attention to the different sounds around you.


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Blind listening in open spaces can help music production school students train their ears

You’ll be surprised by how quickly you learn to distinguish certain sonic characteristics, such as the direction sounds are coming from, and how far they are away from you. This simple technique can do wonders for your ability to evaluate certain elements in your mixes, such as panorama, frequency range, and dimensions.

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