Thursday, June 26, 2008

Training course grooming 40 students for grip and electric jobs

Today, I visited the grip and electric training course being held at Mansfield Studios. For four weeks, about forty students are getting a free crash course in craft, terminology, and set etiquette. It was made possible by Louisiana Technical College - Mansfield Campus and an LCTCS: Pathways to Construction grant.

What's cool about the course is that it's being taught by experienced pros Bob Bates (gaffer) and Ted Sapp (key grip). Hands-on opportunities like these are essential to growing a qualified crew base. If these students get hired on a union movie project, they'll start by making a bit more than $22/hr. The freelance job would last about 25 (movie of the week) to 50 days (feature), and it would typically include significant overtime.

You'll learn more about the students in Saturday's paper.

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