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Locals will get hands-on film crew training at free workshop

September 11, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA — The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy, in partnership with the New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC), will host two days of free film production assistant  training for individuals aspiring to work behind the scenes in the City’s burgeoning film industry. The workshop will take place October 20-21 at Second Line Stages, at 800 Richard Street, in the Warehouse District.

“As the film industry in New Orleans continues to grow, so does the demand for skilled workers,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “This workshop is an extraordinary opportunity for local residents to get hands-on training that could open doors for work on feature films, television or commercial projects in the City.”

As of August 2012, New Orleans has hosted 43 tax credit film projects (TV, films and commercials with budgets over $300,000), with spending estimated at $566 million. In 2011, the City hosted 46 tax credit projects with $544 million in direct spending.

“Production assistants are often described as the lifeblood of a film set because their work, while entry-level, is so integral to the production,” said Scott Hutcheson, the Mayor’s Advisor for Cultural Economy. “Their work can include everything from securing a set, to making script copies, to helping with film logistics. This training can provide an entry point for anyone interested in working in this exciting industry.”

The training will include practical on-set skill development, career development advice and job placement assistance for area productions. It will be staffed by seasoned instructors from the film-industry training academy P.A. Bootcamp.

“For years NOVAC has and continues to offer production Assistant Training and job placement in New Orleans because it is the entry point for many wishing to begin careers in the film industry,” says Ashley Charbonnet, NOVAC Director of Programs. “Growing the workforce from the ground up is one of the ways that we will continue to cultivate a local film industry that is a sustainable part of the local economy.”

The October P.A. training will be open to 30 participants, who must be residents of Orleans parish and 18 or older to apply. Applicants should send a recent resume and cover letter to For more information about the training, visit or call 504-940-5780.  The deadline to apply is Friday, October 5, 2012.

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