The City of New Orleans is offering a free training program for Orleans and Jefferson residents looking to break into the film industry.
The Mayor's Office of Cultural Economy is conducting a Production Assistant Boot Camp in August.
It's a two-day workshop, taught by industry professionals, on production protocol, etiquette and techniques for getting an entry level job in the film industry.
"When New Orleans is ranked #1 in the U.S. for studio features, there's always a need for additional workers and we love it when those workers are local," says Katie Williams, Director of Film New Orleans.
While Production Assistant is an entry level position, she says there's quite a demand for them.
"Typically, every department on a set has at least one or two production assistants, making sure that pedestrians and businesses are aware of any on-the-street activity, making copies, running flyers...pretty much anything and everything that those departments need done."
"It's an entry level position and it's a great entry point for someone whose interested in getting involved in the industry."
And, while the position certainly holds no celebrity status, it does offer a chance of advancement...while rubbing elbows with the stars.
"They'll be on set with the talent, absolutely," says Williams. "The set is their workplace. That's where they'll be. That's where they're going to be saying their lines and acting their scripts. So, it's definitely all of the same office."
And, she says it's a great place to work.
"It's so fun when you go on set, because everyone's doing their one thing, simultaneously, to create the magic that you see on the screen."
And, she says those who've had some training to do their one thing have a better chance at getting a job on a feature film or TV show.
"So you can imagine, from the employer's perspective...if you have a candidate who has been through a training program and knows how to read a schedule and a one-liner...they're definitely a step ahead of people who don't," Williams says.
New Orleans is partnering with the New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC) and Jefferson Parish to conduct the PA Boot Camp. It's scheduled for August 23-24, at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center at 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
Intensive training is taught by industry professionals who will provide instruction on production protocol, etiquette and techniques for obtaining a job in the film industry.
The workshop is free, and open to all residents of Orleans and Jefferson parishes.
PA Boot Camp is a competitive program with limited enrollment. Interested candidates can find an application for the training on NOVAC's website.
Candidates should submit a resume and application to firstname.lastname@example.org (or via mail to NOVAC, 532 Louisa St., New Orleans, LA 70117) by Friday, August 8, 2014 at 5:00 P.M. Upon receipt application and resume, NOVAC will e-mail applicants to schedule a phone interview. Late or incomplete applications will not receive a phone interview.