• DATE: April 29-May 1, 2022
  • Location: Mesabi Range College Days 2 & 3 locations vary.
  • COST: $50 scholarships available

In this 3-day immersive workshop you will: 

  • Work alongside working professional filmmakers
  • Gain practical on-set experience
  • Learn how to assist Grip & Electric, Sound, Camera, and Art departments
  • Learn how to be an on-set PA-Be eligible for paid internships for incoming productions this summer
  • Make a short film!

DAY ONE – PRE PRODUCTION – “Plan your work, work your plan”

From the concept of our project all the way through our plan of execution, you’ll meet the instructors and learn on-set protocols for each department so that everyone is prepped and ready to make our film.


“There’s nothing like a good ol’ film light in a fogged-up studio.” Filming in the controlled environment of the studio, all participants will be hands-on under the guidance of each department lead, switching between departments throughout the day, making it happen.


“Sometimes you remember more about the location where you shot the film than the film itself.” For this reason, we may spend part of the day grabbing establishing exterior shots of the location, or stay inside the studio for any remaining shots we may have missed, known as “pick up shots.” The rest of the day will be spent reviewing footage and getting an overview of the Post Production process and what it takes to complete a film


“That’s a wrap!” Students will be sent a link to the final product to reference!


This workshop will be led by LOST FORTY STUDIOS and the following team of filmmakers Jay Ness (Director), Lily Rains (Producer), Jason Schumacher (Producer)

Cost: $50 – for scholarships, please email exec@uppermidwestfilmtv.org

CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED In order to be sure you receive as much individual, hands-on instruction, we are keeping this class small. Sign up today!

This event is presented by UMFO in partnership with Colleges of Northeast (This event is presented by UMFO in partnership with Colleges of Northeast (Minnesota) Higher Education District (NHED) & Advanced MN & LOST FORTY STUDIOS.


Hair & Makeup

On-Set experience

  • Date: TBD
  • Head Instructor: Ora Jewell-Busche
  • Location: Mesabi Range College (Eveleth) Days 2 & 3 Location will vary
  • $50 (scholarships available)

This 3-day workshop is an opportunity for up to 4 individuals to get hands-on experience in a production setting! This workshop is aimed at participants that already have hair & makeup experience (not necessarily in production) and are interested in learning how to transfer skillset into the film and TV industry.

UMFO, in cooperation with Advanced MN and Lost Forty Studio,  offers an on-set production experience aimed at getting people the experience needed to work on incoming film/tv sets as Production Assistants.  As a part of that experience,  they will be doing both a “studio shoot” and a “location shoot” where they actually produce usable content.    

Simultaneously, we will offer up to 4 participants the opportunity to do hair and makeup on this set under Ora’s instruction.    We are offering this workshop at this time in order to get ready for the next set of features being shot this Summer and Fall.   Workshop participants will be able to submit their resumes to be considered for paid internships on these projects.

Eligible participants must have some hair and/or makeup experience.  

Bring any kit you have for hair/makeup we will have additional supplies that you can pull from if needed.

Scholarships are available – email exec@uppermidwestfilmtv.org for more info


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  • Set Etiquette: Hair/Makeup & Costume 5/2
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  • Introduction to Production Sound: Duluth, 2/21
  • Introduction to G&E: Duluth, 2/20
  • Introduction to PA: VIRTUAL, 2/20
  • Crew Introduction & Overview: VIRTUAL 2/18