New Orleans Video Access Center

BROVAC-PA-Bootcamp-AD-INTENSIVE-SliderThe New Orleans Video Access Center, better known as NOVAC, will be offering two entry-level training courses this August in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The first is a PA Bootcamp that will prepare newbies for their first day on set. Participants will get an intro to production paperwork (“Have they signed the G?!”), film set terminology (“Sue’s going 10-2!”) and hands-on short radio training AKA how to do the talkie part on a walkie-talkie. They’ll also learn about crew departments and how to find work in the industry. PS: you can find work by making friends and applying to the films listed on jobScene. The PA Bootcamp will take place from August 16-17 and is free to Baton Rouge residents.

The second unit is an Intro to ADing – that is, an intro to the Assistant Director department. The AD Department is the backbone of a film set, making the film’s schedule and acting like a metronome for set operations. The ADs are the hub of set communication and essential to making a film on time and on budget. The AD course will be held from August 19-21 and is free to Baton Rouge residents.

Both courses will be held at the Celtic Media Centre in Baton Rouge. Unfortunately, the application deadline has already passed, but you can check NOVAC’s official website at www.novacvideo.org.

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NOVAC – Script Supervisor Crash Course

by Samantha Roberge on June 16, 2014

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The film industry is unique in that it does not require a formal degree. Rather, the industry operates on an age-old tradition: the apprenticeship system. The majority of film professionals working on set worked their way up through the ranks, slowly perfecting their skills. One exception is the script supervisor, who works alongside the director and actors to assure continuity and thoroughly notate the script to ensure a smooth transition from filming to post-production.

The New Orleans Video Access Center alongside the Baton Rouge Film Commission and Mayor Kip Holden’s Office have come together to create a training course for those who are interested in film production. The course Scripty is a two day class teaching the basic skills needed to become a script supervisor on a film set. The course is being held at the Celtic Media Centre in Baton Rouge on June 28-June 29 from 9am-5pm.

“The script supervisor position is a very underserved craft in the area and in many cases productions have to look outside of Baton Rouge to hire someone,” says Liza Kelso, executive director of the Baton Rouge Film Commission. “I’m very pleased that we can create more opportunities for our talented locals by offering this class.”

Scripty will be taught by script supervisor Louisiana native Nancy Breaux. Nancy is an industry veteran who has been working in the television and film industry for over fourteen years. She also has a considerable amount of experience working with and teaching the mastery of script supervision. “NOVAC: BR is providing customized training that is relevant to the needs of today’s incoming productions,” says Darcy McKinnon, executive director of NOVAC. “Script supervision is a trade that can get locals close to the action in feature film production and provides a pathway to a career in the film industry.”

People who are interested in applying for the script supervision course will be able to fill out an application found on the NOVAC: BR website. This program has very limited enrollment. In order to be considered for the class you must be a resident of Baton Rouge. The deadline for applicants to submit their application along with a resume is Tuesday, June 17 at 5pm. Please e-mail your applications and resumes to elizabeth@novacvideo.org or via mail to NOVAC, 532 Louisa Street, New Orleans, LA 70117.

For any Louisiana residents searching for immediate employment and long-term careers in the fast growing local film industry, check out the Baton Rouge Film Industry Workforce Training Program. With the support of the Mayor’s Office of Community Development in Baton Rouge, NOVAC has created the Baton Rouge Film Industry Workforce Training Program. The goal of this funded program by Community Development Block Grant is to create economic opportunities for Baton Rouge residents.

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