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Behind-the-scenes workforce training available for local industry crew

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The New Orleans Video Access Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating a sustainable film industry in the metro area. Part of their efforts include a series of workforce training programs (Ready, Set, Film). NOVAC coordinates with the local union IATSE 478 in deciding and selecting which film departments are in heaviest need of crew members, and organizes training seminars accordingly. Scheduling programs in this manner increases graduates' chances of finding work upon course completion.

Training varies each year depending on industry needs. However, classes offered in the past include:

  • Practical Effects
  • Grip & Electric
  • Set Construction
  • Scenic Painting
  • Prop & Wardrobe
  • Hair & Makeup

The staff at NOVAC don't leave graduates hanging on their own. Course completion comes with job referrals and e-mail updates on latest gigs. NOVAC also sends graduates' information out to local productions and production houses, giving them a leg-up in successfully landing jobs.

Ready, Set, Film is one of the programs arranged by NOVAC to bring local crew the skills and training required for a career in film. Its goal is to instruct individuals on successful trade practices so they can implement their skills on the job.

Other seminars in NOVAC's workforce training include P.A. Bootcamp, Production Accounting, and Assistant Directing. For a comprehensive list of upcoming opportunities, tune in to this channel, or browse NOVAC website's calendar.


NOVAC has grown over the last 41 years to become the largest media arts non-profit in the Southeast U.S. As part of the mission to promote and sustain New Orleans' developing film industry, NOVAC offers education, career development, community outreach, youth workshops, equipment rentals, conferences, events, etc. to assist existing and aspiring local filmmakers.


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