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Pulling others up along the way

Amanda Trimble

Submitted by
Sonia Munksgaard

If you are familiar with the film industry in Alberta, the name Amanda Trimble (Motion Picture Arts, Production, 2013) may ring a bell for you.  If you haven’t yet had the privilege of meeting her, connecting with this vibrant woman who exudes passion and energy is something that you should put on your to-do list.  Known for moving her way up the industry ladder, starting as a Second Assistant Camera, to Video Assist and working recently as Video Coordinator, Amanda has made her mark for her work on Fargo, Ghostbusters, Blackstone, Let Him Go and Jurassic World, to name a few. 

Staying connected and giving back, alongside being incredibly involved in the tight knit film community,   has been a consistent theme for Amanda since graduating from Red Deer College in 2013.  She returns to her roots by volunteering at Morinville Community High School where she discovered her passion for the arts. She has presented to students at Red Deer College, where she garnered the knowledge she needed to get started in the film industry. She stays engaged and involved with the professional organizations that support her and her colleagues, and has worked behind the scenes in the health and wellness industry. In all of these pursuits, Amanda leads with passion wherever she is involved.  

After completing high school, Amanda enrolled in university, studying Science, with the ultimate goal of becoming a Marine Mammologist.  She stayed in contact with her teachers from high school, who encouraged her that her path would eventually lead her back to the place where she thrived – in the field of the Arts.  With this encouragement, Amanda found her way to Red Deer College and enrolled in the Motion Picture Arts, Production diploma program, joined the International Cinematographers Guild and started her career as a trainee on the television series Hell on Wheels

Since the first COVID-19 shutdown in March, 2020, Amanda has been busier than she has ever been at any point in her career.  Industry work halted overnight and she spent countless hours working with International Cinematographers Guild (ICG) of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), the professional union of camera departments for Western Canada to support her colleagues within the industry by navigating new public health orders.  By July of 2020, Amanda stepped in as President of ICG 669.  Within the union, she works with the young workers committee, promoting health, openness and outreach to new members in the film industry.  She also dedicates time working with industry and organizations to help train and retain talent within Alberta and Western Canada. 

Amanda Trimble and her husband, Shawn Knievel, with lead actor, Kevin Costner, on location for Let Him Go.
    Left to right: Shawn Knievel, Amanda Trimble, Kevin Costner

Amanda met her husband, Shawn Knievel (Motion Picture Arts, Production, 2012), a lighting technician who also works in the industry, while attending RDC. They have both volunteered their time speaking at the high schools that they attended, advising youth on how to enter the industry and advocating for programs at Red Deer College.  They are also active mentors with College students, providing guidance, advice, answering questions and providing references, to try to make it attainable for students and newcomers to get their foot in the door in the film and TV industry. 

Recently, Amanda was invited by her RDC instructors to support student learning as a guest speaker in the Film, Theatre & Live Entertainment program at Red Deer College.  She shared stories through a virtual presentation about her experience working in the film industry, getting down to the nitty gritty of what a day on the job can look like on set.  Amanda spoke about the importance of networking, work ethic and initiative within the industry, highlighting that these are the skills that will help you get the job, keep the job and get referred for future jobs.   

Aside from working full time in the film industry, Amanda is the Chief Financial Officer and Creative Director of the female-founded and run health and wellness company, Studio D, in Calgary, Alberta. In spring of 2020, their work transformed overnight and she had to pivot her work to digitize the company.  Amanda used her technical skills and experience to help move the business forward, and find creative ways to adapt the business instead of coming to a halt.  She worked on everything from website and app development, YouTube video production, and creating systems for Telehealth appointments.   

After having the opportunity of meeting Amanda virtually from our home offices, with our dogs jumping at our feet and her cat snoozing in the background, it was very apparent to me early in the conversation, that Amanda puts her heart and soul into helping others to achieve success in their lives by giving back to the community. Through hard work, creativity and giving back, I’m sure that this RDC alum will continue to inspire RDC students to dream big. 

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