First Stripes

First Stripes

                                First Stripes
| 1 h 46 min

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A group of civilians embark on 12 weeks of intensive training that will see them gradually transformed into soldiers of the Canadian Armed Forces. For the third instalment in his documentary series about the different stages of life, Jean-François Caissy offers a compelling portrait of the military experience, charting the paths of young adults who have made this singular career choice.

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  • researcher
    Jean-François Caissy
  • writer
    Jean-François Caissy
  • director
    Jean-François Caissy
  • cinematography
    Nicolas Canniccioni
  • editing
    Mathieu Bouchard-Malo
  • sound editing
    Frédéric Cloutier
  • additional camera
    Jean-François Caissy
  • sound recording
    Jean-François Caissy
  • additional sound recording
    Frédéric Cloutier
  • Ronin operator
    Guillaume Shea-Blais
  • production assistant
    Nicolas Gouin
    Victor Saliba
  • online editor
    Yannick Carrier
  • subtitles
    Zoé Major
  • graphic design
    Mélanie Bouchard
  • titles
    Mélanie Bouchard
  • foley
    Alexis Farand
  • foley recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • re-recording
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • music research
    Jean-François Caissy
  • additional editing
    Jean-François Caissy
  • research
    Claire Bourbonnais
  • rights clearances
    Claire Bourbonnais
  • marketing manager
    Judith Lessard-Bérubé
  • marketing manager - assistance
    Jolène Lessard
  • business affairs
    Dominique Aubry
  • administrator
    Sia Koukoulas
  • production coordinator
    Gabrielle Dupont
    Isabelle Limoges
    Chinda Phommarinh
    Hélène Regimbal
  • administrative assistant
    Pascale Savoie-Brideau
  • technical coordinator
    Mira Mailhot
  • digital editing technician
    Pierre Dupont
    Isabelle Painchaud
    Patrick Trahan
  • producer
    Johanne Bergeron
  • executive producer
    Colette Loumède

  • None

    I went through Cornwallis NS basic in 1969. My son went through St Jean some 20+ years later, we drove down to St. Jean for his graduation. I agree with prior poster that training sure changed from Cornwallis days. Some things were the same, I particularly remember the "gas hut" experience. Basic training was a good experience for me and my son too I think. Enjoyed this film a lot, well shot, well written.

    None, 6 Jan 2021
  • None

    Former infantry 2PPCLI here (80s) and I watched the whole thing with fascination. How the military has changed from the old days in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia! I don't hesitate to declare that basic training has improved and Canada is safer for it. Here is a list of improvements over the old system as this old grunt sees it. 1 - A heavy emphasis on infantry tactics for all trades and genders - everyone in two person fireteams, rappelling, fighting patrols, gas hut, etc. 2 - Tattooed women with smart phones. Wow. I am very proud to defend our country knowing how progressive we truly are. Oorah!! Great cinematography. Not a film for typical wannabe soldiers, rather a though provoking documentary.

    None, 7 Apr 2020
  • None

    When is this film coming out?

    None, 31 Jan 2019