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Seminar will offer hands-on training in film industry technical trades

January 15, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA –The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy, in partnership with Jefferson Parish, New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC) and International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 478 will host a free two-day weekend seminar in the grip and electric trades for the film industry on February 16 and 17, 2013. 

The seminar, called “Ready Set Film,” will target 40 regional workers with an interest in working in the city’s growing film industry.   NOVAC is currently seeking applicants for this program, particularly those with some experience in electrical, construction or comparable trades. 

“As the film industry in New Orleans continues to grow, so does the demand for skilled workers,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.  “This seminar is an extraordinary opportunity for our local residents to get hands-on training and an opportunity to work on the feature films, television or commercial projects filming in our city.”

The two-day intensive training will be taught by film industry veterans and union department heads. The seminar will include instruction on safety requirements, technical terms, use of lighting and rigging equipment which are skills required to work in grip and electric departments on feature films and television sets.   The training will also fulfill two days of a thirty day “on set” requirement for entry into the local film industry trade union, IATSE Local 478.    

In 2013 New Orleans hosted a total of 61 tax credit film projects with local estimated spending of $669 million“The increase in the number of productions filming in New Orleans has resulted in an increased demand for skilled workers to fill those jobs.  The City is hosting this grip and electric training to provide locals with the opportunity to obtain the requisite skills for an entry-level  position for anyone interested in working in tradecraft for the film industry,” said Scott Hutcheson, the Mayor’s Advisor for Cultural Economy. 

The February training will be held at Spectrum FX, a special effects studio, in Harahan, La.   

Applicants must be 18 years old or older and must send a current resume and cover letter to   For more information about the training, visit or call 504-940-5780.  The deadline to apply is January 25 at 5:00 p.m.   Phone interviews will be scheduled for January 29 to February 1 and those accepteds will be notified  on February 5.  For more information about the training, visit   or contact the NOVAC offices at 504-940-5780. 

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