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.
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.
“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.”
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.