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February events at NOVAC are a must for local filmmakers

NOVAC 3rd Thursday at Tiki Tolteka
NOVAC 3rd Thursday at Tiki Tolteka
Image from Randak Kleiser's BLUE LAGOON

New Orleans filmmakers are never lacking in events. The New Orleans Video Access Center has a string of exciting events scheduled for this month, from social parties to workforce training and education.

Up first is the monthly '3rd Thursday' social event. NOVAC hosts the regular meetup at varied venues throughout the city to help local filmmakers connect and get away from the busy stress of production days. This February, the '3T' is held at Tiki Tolteca, above Felipes in the French Quarter. Joining NOVAC is an organization called Tongal.

Following a social hour (complete with free drinks), Tongal offers a presentation for attendees to learn more about their organization. A basic overview can be found on their website, but the NOLA industry is invited to stop by to meet actual representatives who can answer specific questions.

3rd Thursday happens February 20th from 6-9pm, at 301 N. Peters St.

That same weekend, DJ McConduit is back for another 'Intro to Cinematography' class. The lecture presents an overview of the cinematic art form. A general history of cameras, from film to digital, is complete with video clips demonstrating frame choices, styles in lighting and camera angles, and which industry departments are fundamental to a successful production.

Learn to capture compelling stories through the visual lens on Saturday, February 22nd. The NOVAC program will be held at their offices at 532 Louisa St. from 10am-3pm. Admission is $75 for current NOVAC members and $125 for new members. Register online here.

DJ is a DP (director of photography) based in both L.A. and New Orleans. He graduated from Dillard University with a degree in TV, Film, and Radio production. He started freelancing as a cinematographer before graduation, gaining a solid background before attending the American Film Institute, where he studied under accredited cinematographers like Stephen Lighthill, ASC; Robert Primes, ASC; and Charlie Rose, AIC.

Also scheduled for the weekend (February 23rd) is a new session of intensive production accounting. Budgeting finances for film production is among the most challenging jobs in the industry. NOVAC shines a light on the process with an intensive workshop complete with hands-on exposure to Movie Magic's software. All the fundamentals to film finances will be covered between 10am-3pm. The course is $100 for current NOVAC members, and $150 for new members. Register online here.

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