P.A. Bootcamp Coming to North Carolina
May 9, 2022
RALEIGH - May 9, 2022 (RALEIGH, N.C.) -- The North Carolina Film Office, in conjunction with EUE/Screen Gems Studios-Wilmington, is excited to announce a new workforce training opportunity that’s open to all North Carolina residents interested in working in the film industry.
On May 21-22, members of the Los Angeles-based P.A. Bootcamp organization will be in Wilmington to conduct a two-day training session for entry-level Production Assistants (P.A.). The session will cover hands-on radio training, set protocols, familiarization with production paperwork, review of production departments, explanation of differences in types of productions, and other key areas that are essential for working as P.A. on a set.
The event is free, but space is limited to 30 participants. Participants must be able to attend both days of the training (from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), and upon completion, they should be able and ready to work immediately as P.A., though program attendance does not guarantee future employment. Representatives from under-represented populations are strongly encouraged to apply.
To apply, applicants should send an email with “North Carolina P.A. Bootcamp” in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org. The email should include the applicant’s name, email address, phone number and a short paragraph describing why they want to attend. Those selected to participate in the program will have to show proof of residency as well as proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within the past 24 hours.
“After record production in 2021, we’re excited to see a continued surge in interest in filming in North Carolina in 2022,” said Guy Gaster, director of the North Carolina Film Office. “We are eager to expand our first-in-talent workforce to be able to meet the needs of these productions.”
The training session will take place at EUE/Screen Gems Studios-Wilmington, where more than 400 film, television and commercial projects have been filmed since 1985.
“We look forward to hosting this event on our lot, and look forward even more to seeing some of these participants return to work on future projects that will be shooting here,” said Bill Vassar, executive vice president of EUE/Screen Gems Studios-Wilmington.
With more than 10 years of experience serving the film, TV and commercial Industry, P.A. Bootcamp has become one of the most trusted professional programs to produce top-quality set and office P.A.s for immediate work. Program graduates have worked on projects that have been part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” “Stranger Things,” “The Conjuring” and other productions. More information on the program and its team can be found at www.pabootcamp.com.
The North Carolina Film Office, which is part of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, works on recruiting film-related production and marketing the state to the film and entertainment industry on behalf of the N.C. Department of Commerce. While promoting the state’s strong work force, established infrastructure and variety of locations, the office also serves as a key contact for information regarding the state’s 25 percent rebate program that is funded through the bi-partisan established North Carolina Film and Entertainment Grant. In 2021, film productions are estimated to have spent more than $416 million while filming throughout the state.
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