Veterans in Film and Television (VFT) announced that it will launch a new Production Assistant Workshop, June 15-16, at Sony Studios, Los Angeles in order to help veterans find work in the entertainment industry. This two-day free workshop taught by notable industry names, such as Erin Gray, will prepare participants to become candidates for gainful employment as PAs.
“The purpose of this workshop is twofold: to support the industry with formally trained production assistants, which is something that is greatly needed and will impact the efficiency of productions, and secondly, it will give veterans an education and a step up for those who seek to work in the entertainment field,” said Jennifer Marshall, VFT spokesperson. “We are thrilled by the excitement that is building with our sponsors, Sony Studios, and our supporters, Heroes for Hire and the Society of Camera Operators.”
“Hosting and supporting the efforts of Veterans in Film and Television is in alignment with our commitment to the production community. At Sony DMPC, on the Sony Studio Lot, we are able to educate and train aspiring and awarded production talent,” said Dan Perry, director NAO production manager/director DMPC of Sony.
The workshop agenda will be broken into production categories; feature film (high to low budget), episodic TV, non-scripted TV (reality), commercials and music videos. The workshop is designed as an intensive education program, giving the participants detailed training so that they can immediately apply what they have learned on the job. Topics to be covered include production paperwork, set protocol, roles and functions, terminology, gear and equipment training.
“Service members traditionally bring discipline, self-motivation and high attention to detail when performing outside of the military service,” said SOC president Mark August. “By providing this workshop they can now incorporate this new education with their stringent military training the outcome being employment within the entertainment business. This will benefit the veterans, their families and the industry as a whole.”
For more information and to register for this free workshop, email: [email protected]