NEW ORLEANS– Today, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy announced a series of film industry trainings in partnership with Film New Orleans, the New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC) and the St. Bernard Parish Office of Film & Television.
Starting in September, as part of NOVAC’s Ready Set Film! workforce program, three low-cost film industry trainings will be provided to aspiring production assistants, assistant directors and production accountants to work on feature film and television productions. The Ready Set Film! fall series will train 54 local residents through classes led by practicing professionals and will also offer job placement support to participants.
“We are pleased to continue our series of film industry training programs and once again to be partnering with NOVAC and St. Bernard Parish,” said Scott Hutcheson, advisor to Mayor Landrieu for Cultural Economy. “These programs will help to deliver a highly skilled regional workforce which is necessary to support the continued growth of the film industry in the area.”
Trainings will include:
Production Accounting Intensive – On Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at NOVAC’s training facility, Melissa Wiseman of Entertainment Partners Financial Solutions will lead exercises in Movie Magic Budgeting, the standard production accounting software for feature films. She will also cover cost reporting, labor laws, tax credits and more. This training is open to ten Louisiana residents on a first come, first serve basis at the rate of $50 for Orleans Parish NOVAC members, $100 for non-Orleans Parish NOVAC members and $155 for new members. Candidates can visit novacvideo.org/productionaccounting to learn more and register for the course.
Assistant Directing Intensive – On Sunday, September 15 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at NOVAC’s training facility, AD Jared Hopkins will lead exercises in Movie Magic Scheduling, the preferred scheduling software for film professionals. He will also cover script breakdowns, production boards, set management and more. This training is open to ten Louisiana residents on a first come, first serve basis at the rate of $50 for Orleans Parish NOVAC members, $100 for non-Orleans Parish NOVAC members and $155 for new members. Candidates can visit novacvideo.org/adintensive to learn more and register for the course.
P.A. Bootcamp – On Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Contemporary Arts Center, NOVAC will offer a two-day production assistant training led by Quixote’s renowned P.A. Bootcamp training academy. This training is open to 30 Orleans Parish residents and four St. Bernard Parish residents on a competitive basis. Candidates should visit novacvideo.org/pabootcamp to download an application and submit it with a résumé to firstname.lastname@example.org by Saturday, September 7. There is a $75 acceptance fee.
Film New Orleans assists productions with the City’s permitting process, connects productions with local crews and resources, and facilitates communication between productions and the local community.
In 2012, New Orleans hosted 61 tax credit film projects (TV, films and commercials with budgets over $300,000), with direct spending of $669.8 million. In 2011, the City hosted 46 tax credit projects with an estimated $544 million in direct spending.
For questions about filming in New Orleans, please contact Film New Orleans at (504) 658-0923 or visit http://www.nola.gov/film.