INTRODUCING: THE PRODUCTION WORKSHOP SERIES

Working in TV & film production is largely experience-based. How do you get experience if you haven’t had the job? We’re here to help! The goal of this series is to provide a basic understanding of what is expected of the job, the lingo on a set, and basic safety information and basic job functions. 

Participants who complete these workshops would be able to register as an intern in the UMFO production guide for consideration by certified St Louis County rebate productions in 2021.

No experience is necessary!

For scholarship info contact exec@uppermidwestfilmtv.org


UMFO Production Workshop Series:

  • FREE Intro & Overview of Crew (2/18)
  • Lighting Technician (AKA Grip & Electrics) (2/20)
  • Production Assistant (2/20)
  • Production Audio (2/21)
  • Camera Assistant (2/21)

ONLY $20

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

Watch for more to come!


Introduction & Overview of Crew Workshop

  • Thursday Feb 18
  • 6:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Online Workshop
  • Instructor:  Troy Bakewell
Description:

Have you ever wanted to work professionally in the film and television production industry? It sounds interesting but no idea where to start? This introductory workshop is for you! Contrary to popular opinion, the production industry isn’t just about camera operators and actors – there are hundreds of jobs that can make up the film & tv production industry.

YOU can have a career in film & TV production without going to film school. In fact, new incentive programs that encourage film production in our region give residents an advantage to being hired in 2021 right here in the Northland!

This interactive workshop will go over the vast array of positions on larger productions and will dig a little deeper into positions, duties, responsibilities, and the skills needed for those jobs on smaller productions (and that will likely be hired this summer).

This class is great for young and old, current students and curious adults alike. It is also a great primer to other class offerings in the UMFO WORKSHOP SERIES.


Lighting Technician AKA Grip & Electrics Workshop

  • Saturday Feb 20
  • 10 am – 4 pm
  • DECC 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN
  • Instructor:  Troy Bakewell
  • Position:  Lighting Technician (aka G&E)
Description

This is a 6-hour class that will go over a basic introduction to introductory Grip & Electric positions. We’ll cover job responsibilities and build gear familiarity. Participants will walk away with practical strategies to avoid common problems by doing hands-on exercises.


Production Assistant Workshop

  • Saturday Feb 20
  • 10 am – 12 noon
  • Web Event
  • Instructors:  Tacy Mangen, Courtney Crockett, & Rachel Palashewski
  • Position:  Office & Set PA
Description:

Working as a Production Assistant on a film set, in the field with a television crew or in a studio on a commercial is exciting. It’s also hard work that’s as rewarding as it is challenging. The number one requirement for a PA is to be ready and that’s what this Bootcamp is all about. 

The best way to learn practical PA skills is to get the information from pros who work in the business every day. As multi-decade, award-winning television and film producers, we know what it takes to be a successful PA, not only because have we been there ourselves, but mainly because we depend on production assistants as a vital part of the foundation for any project. 

We’ll get you started, by covering the PA basics:

* Define different types of PA jobs, roles and rates

* Set/field production etiquette

* Set /field production paperwork

* Appearance, Location Releases

* What could possibly happen? Role-playing on-the-job scenarios 

* Freelancer basics-starting your own business, marketing yourself


Production Audio Workshop

  • Sunday Feb 21
  • 8 am – 12 noon
  • DECC 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN
  • Instructor:  Troy Bakewell
  • Position:  Production Sound Mixer & Boom Operator.
Description

This class will go over a basic introduction to the Sound Mixer and Boom Operator positions.    We’ll cover job responsibilities and build gear familiarity.  Participants will walk away with practical strategies to avoid common problems by doing hands-on exercises.


Camera Assistant Workshop

  • Sunday Feb 21
  • 1 pm – 5 pm
  • DECC 350 Harbor Drive
  • Instructor:  Troy Bakewell
  • Position:  Camera Assistant
Description

This class will go over a basic introduction to the Camera Assistant positions. We’ll cover job responsibilities and build gear familiarity.  Participants will walk away with practical knowledge by doing hands-on exercises such as basic camera settings and configurations, focus marks and pulling focus.