GPP/ATLFS present The PA Academy - Fall 2018
DATE: Nov 3 & Nov 4
LOCATION: PC&E – 2235 Defoor Hills Road Northwest Atlanta, GA 30318
PRICE: $150 Standard/$120 ATLFS or GPP Members
This two day, bootcamp-style Production Assistant workshop is perfect for those just starting their career in the industry as well as those looking to advance their knowledge of what it takes to succeed as an office or on-set production assistant working on commercials, industrials, music videos, independent films, television series and studio features.
Training includes but is not limited to:
- Production terminology and paperwork
- Film crew titles and job descriptions
- Department duties and responsibilities
- Office and set etiquette - Dos and Don’ts
- How a typical day proceeds - from commercials and music videos to features and television
- Locking up the set, distribution, and petty cash
- Walkie protocol, terminology and sign out
- Setting up video village, extras holding, and supporting your AD tea
We discuss gear and kits, provide hands-on equipment training, share resume tips, and where to find experience as well as paid work. Learn how successful office and set PAs as well as DGA assistant directors got into the business, what they look for when they hire PAs, their tips for success, and how to avoid their pet peeves. This bootcamp simulates a typical day on set to prepare new PAs for their first job, and more experienced PAs the knowledge and training they need to up their skills and compete in the fast paced and growing Georgia film industry. But this workshop isn’t just for PAs. It’s for anyone looking to work in the business from camera to G&E and wardrobe to craft service. All the same protocol, terminology, and hiring practices exist no matter where you start your career.
All students who finish the two day workshop are listed on the GPP member only website database, and offered internship and paid work opportunities for at least two years through a secret PB page that only these students and Producer Linda Burns can access for networking and mentorship. This workshop serves as a fundraiser for Atlanta Film Society and Georgia Production Partnership, supporting education and outreach, and film tax incentive lobbying efforts.
You must be 18+ to enroll.
Producer Linda Burns runs The PA Academy with the help of Georgia’s best DGA ADs, office and set PAs, and crew working full-time in the industry. Each workshop offers a fresh and unique perspective to the students, with an ever-changing group of instructors and guest speakers. For questions regarding this workshop, go to The PA Academy website or contact Linda with PA ACADEMY in the subject line. For more information, visit Linda Burns's Instructor Page.
Are you a DeKalb County resident? The new DeKalb Entertainment Commission is sponsoring 15 DeKalb County residents with financial hardship with a 50% discount on the PA Academy. Cost to residents - $75 + eventbrite fees.
To qualify, send a copy of your Driver's License showing your DeKalb County residency (OR current mortgage statement OR current rental contract) AND a current utility OR phone bill showing that address and your name to: LindaB@AtlantaFilmSociety.org, and once verified, a code will be provided to you to receive the reduced rate.
What's the refund policy?
- By October 20th at 5pm: 100% Refund
- By October 27th at 5pm: 50% Refund
- By October 31st at 5pm: 25% Refund
- No refunds after October 31st