New Orleans Training

NOVAC partners with HBO for Community Impact PA Program

Here at NOVAC, we are so proud of the partnerships we’ve forged within the Louisiana filmmaking community. In a traditionally difficult industry, we are immensely proud to crack open the gates for many talented yet unconnected folk. As the new tax incentive is bringing productions back to Louisiana, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on something we’ve been developing for the last two years.

Since 2007, NOVAC has been the leading provider of workforce training opportunities in south Louisiana. In partnership with various organizations like our local government, and union IATSE, we’ve helped galvanize productions coming to Louisiana for the tax credit to utilize a more diverse and locally-based workforce.

Turns out, we did such a good job of it, major studios began to stand up and take notice! And so, for the past two years, we’ve worked with HBO on their Community Impact PA Program in every location, nationwide, where HBO shoots its episodic series. This has been an opportunity for NOVAC to learn exponentially more about the film industry in regards to below-the-line jobs and diversity and inclusion practices around the country.

 

The non-profit provides media training and production resources in the New Orleans area to help those without connections in entertainment gain a foothold in the business. Roewe collaborated with Williams and Pam Hacker, HBO’s Director of Corporate Responsibility, to “replicate what McKinnon had done so successfully in New Orleans on every HBO production across the U.S.” This partnership empowered Williams and Hacker to start the HBO & Cinemax Community Impact Program, with the added goal of expanding diversity to sets as part of this PA training program.”

 

–OLIVIA ARMSTRONG, HBO.COM

 

One of the shows we love working with because of its wonderfully talented and supportive production crew is HBO’s Crashing, which films in New York City.

 

Production prepares for a scene on the Season 2 set of Crashing.

 

We are so happy proud to share with you a snapshot of where and how we work from a PA’s perspective on the 2017 set of Crashing. The article is a great read, and so exciting for us to see NOVAC interns featured on HBO’s website.

 

Kenny Carter, a Navy veteran, at work in the production office.

Ashley Jovine, a recent college grad, assists in the production office.

Thomas Springsteen, an Army veteran, loves being directly on set and learning about operations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The best productions happen when you have people who bring a range of talents and diverse perspectives,” noted Roewe. “Diversity enriches the project as it becomes more reflective of the people involved.”

 

 

 

Read the full article on HBO.com!

 

This work has been truly fulfilling, and we are beyond excited to bring more opportunities like this to Louisiana in 2018! We are off to a great start, with high-profile productions like Green Book and The First having already begun filming here at home.

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NO: Breaking Down a Script 101 – 1/14/18

Sunday 1/14/18 from 10am-3pm at NOVAC (532 Louisa St, NOLA 70117)
$50/NOVAC members, $75 for nonmembers
This workshop hosted by NOVAC and taught by visiting filmmaker Camille Brown, covers the breaking down of a script for low budget/non-union crew projects. Participants may bring in a script, 15 pages or less and together we will break it down and create a schedule and budget. For those who don’t have a script, Camille will have some to share.
ABOUT CAMILLE BROWN:
An award-winning filmmaker, Camille earned her Bachelor of Arts from UCLA’s prestigious Film, Television and Theater School. She made her directorial debut with her documentary “A Second Chance at Life” narrated by Whoopi Goldberg. The documentary went on to screen at several film festivals and winning best documentary.
Camille then went on to write and direct the award winning short film “Thank you for Washing”, which has screened in over 20 festivals winning best short for 10 of them. Most notable is the NBC Short Cuts Festival, from which she also received a blind script deal with the studio. She co-produced the feature film, “A Perfect Getaway” starring Steve Zahn and Milla Jovovich, and last year she was a semi-finalist for the HBO Directing Fellowship. Her feature directorial debut “The Nth Ward” was just released on Amazon.
After the workshop, Camille will be screening her film, “The Nth Ward” at Chalmette Theatre, followed by a Q&A with Victoria Greene of WIFT (Women in Film and Television).
Please email jillian@novacvideo.org with any questions about this workshop.
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THE FIRST Production Internship Program 2018

NOVAC is proud to announce a partnership with the Hulu production THE FIRST- a drama from House of Cards creator Beau Willimon, starring Sean Penn and filming in Chalmette, LA. Beginning January 5, 2018, NOVAC will be accepting applications for this three-week, paid internship program, which will place locals in specific departments based on their preference and fit.  Departments accepting interns include:  Camera, Art Department, Set Dressing, Production Office, Accounting, Locations, Assistant Directors, Scripty/Video, Hair/Makeup, Costumes, Scenic, Electric, Grips, Props, and Sound.  The internship will be three weeks, beginning around February 1st, and will be five days a week, 8 hours/day for the entire three weeks (excluding holidays).  Participants will be paid minimum wage for the run of the internship.

TIMELINE

  • Jan 5-19: Applications accepted
  • Jan 19-26: Interviews scheduled and conducted
  • Jan 26: Accepted candidates notified
  • Jan 31: Orientation
  • Feb 1: Internship on The First set begins

Applications due by January 19, 2018!

APPLY HERE!

 

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River Parishes Film Industry Job Training 1/18 – POSTPONED

2018 Film Industry Job Training

 

Due to weather, this workshop has been postponed. We are rescheduling it within the next two weeks! Stay tuned.

 

Take the first step towards starting your career in the film industry by joining NOVAC and the Louisiana Workforce Commission for one of our FREE upcoming workshops!

Who: River Parish residents 18+

When: Thursday, January 18th at 10AM-noon or 6PM-8PM

Where: Edward Dufresne Community Center located at 274 Judge Edward Dufresne Pkwy, Luling, LA 70070

Please email jillian@novacvideo.org with any questions. 

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AMIA Community Archiving Workshop New Orleans

2017 Community AV Archiving Fair, New Orleans

Community AV Archiving Fair!
New Orleans, LA
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER HERE

The annual meeting of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (www.amiaconference.com) will be taking place in New Orleans November 29-December 2 and, as a part of this, AMIA members are joining forces with the New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC) for an all-day Community AV Archiving Fair. Aimed at helping local individuals and organizations improve their audiovisual archiving skills, the Community AV Archiving Fair invites independent media makers, collecting institutions, and community groups in the New Orleans area to bring their challenges, their media objects, and their data for a day of collaborative problem solving and training in collaboration with the AMIA community.

The fair is organized around a number of “stations,” each of which will be staffed by AMIA volunteers, and focus on a particular workflow, technique, or tool. Stations will likely include: Digitization Strategies, Inventory Strategies, Prioritizing Media for Digitization, File Management & Storage, Disaster Preparedness & Recovery, Tool/Resource Matchmaking, How to Run a Community Archiving Workshop, and more!
 

New Orleans Community Members

Community members are invited to sign up in advance for sessions, which may include working one-on-one with AMIA volunteers who will help you to gain the skills needed to meet specific challenges and learn to use the tools that best fit your AV archiving and preservation needs.
 

AMIA Conference Attendees

Conference attendees are invited to sign up to assist at a station or to propose their own stations, which may include working one-on-one with attendees, helping them gain the skills needed to meet specific challenges, or providing demonstrations to help people learn to use the tools that best fit their needs. Conference attendees are also welcome to join stations to expand their own knowledge-base. We are particularly interested in showcasing the work of past Hack Day events, and encourage Hack Day participants to come share the tools and resources that have been developed as a part of past events!

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Young Creatives Freelance Workshop

October 21 & 22 from 1pm – 5pm @NOVAC

Are you a young creative with the portfolio, skill, and drive to be a top freelance artist, but don’t know where to start?

Don’t worry, we got you.

NOVAC is partnering with the YEP Design Works to offer this 2-day freelance workshop will examine the business side of being a creative freelancer. We will review industry standards in pricing, best practices for working with clients, and most importantly how to protect your work and your time, so you can make your passion a career.

By the end of the workshop participants will have a Client Intake Folder with the following items:

    • Design Survey
    • Proposal Template for Scope of Work
    • Contract
    • Method for processing payments
    • Invoice Template
    • 1099
    • Deduction spreadsheet

 

If you are interested, please email julia@novacvideo.org for more information or to register! We are asking for a suggested donation of $50 to support youth programing at NOVAC and YEP Design Works. 

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Perceptive Practices: the Observational Documentary Film

July 22 & 23

Adam Sekuler is a filmmaker and curator whose films strike a delicate balance between stylization and naturalism, anchored within an observational world while creating a poetic and lyrical form of visual storytelling. His work screened at International Film Festival Rotterdam, Locarno Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Walker Art Center, Seattle Art Museum, and dozens of other venues across the globe.

The task of this weekend course is to practice paying attention in our filmmaking. Using a looking and listening technique, we’ll investigate how our eyes and ears connect us to space and to others. We will use elements of personal storytelling, fictional narrative and environmental description to generate images and ideas; and then craft those images with further explorations of focus. Participants will be introduced to observational documentary filmmaking and will be invited to see and document their familiar surroundings in a new way. The goal will be to present lived human experience in a way that respects the context in which that experience takes place, while still presenting an artistic point of view. The workshop will consist of one day in the field practicing audio and camera work and one day editing. The class will include screenings and culminate in a 5-10 minute observational-styled documentary.

 

Reserve your spot now! Tickets are $150 for members and $200 for non-members. 

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PA Bootcamp

Our PA Boot Camp program is a 2-day intensive of in-depth production assistant training for locals looking to get their foot in the door of Louisiana’s booming film industry. Taught by instructors from Quixote’s PA Bootcamp, locals will gain the hands-on experience they need to prepare them for their first job on a feature film, television or commercial set.

 

Topics include:

  • production paperwork
  • set terminology and protocol
  • hands-on short radio training
  • crew departments
  • finding work in the industry
  • and more!

 

If you are interested in receiving more information about the program, or recommendations for stellar PA Bootcamp graduates, please email biliana@novacvideo.org.

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QUARRY Internship Program 2015

NOVAC is proud to announce a partnership with the HBO/Cinemax production QUARRY, filming in New Orleans this spring. Beginning May 11, 2015, NOVAC will be accepting applications for this paid internship program, which will place locals in specific departments based on their preference and fit.

THANKS TO THE PRODUCTION TEAM AT QUARRY AND CINEMAX FOR SUPPORTING AN AMAZING 2015 INTERNSHIP PROGRAM!

 

TIMELINE

  • May 11-22: Applications accepted
  • May 22-24: Applications reviewed, interviews scheduled
  • May 26-28: Interviews conducted
  • May 29: Accepted candidates notified
  • June 5: Orientation
  • June 8 – June 26: Internship on Quarry set begins
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