The PA Academy – Atlanta, GA – November 14th and 15th
Georgia Production Partnership (GPP), Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF), and Production Consultants and Equipment (PC&E) present The PA Academy – Fall 2015. This two day, bootcamp-style Production Assistant training workshop simulates the on-set experience and is perfect for those just starting their career as a PA as well as those looking to advance their knowledge of what it takes to succeed as an office or on-set production assistant working on commercials, industrials, music videos, independent films, television series and studio features.
Atlanta-based Producer Linda Burns runs the PA Academy with the volunteer assistance of Georgia’s best DGA ADs, and Office and Set PAs working full-time in the industry. Additionally, former PA Academy graduates share how they got their start and crew members from other departments speak to the group to show the range of job opportunities the film business offers, and the different paths people take to successful careers in the industry.
While Production Assistant training and experience are key to a successful entry to the business, not everyone is born to be a PA or go on to AD work, so understanding each job in the business and how to transition into another department is crucial. Each workshop offers a fresh and unique perspective to the students, with an ever-changing group of instructors and guest speakers. These volunteers offer mentorship and advice outside of the classroom when possible.
Linda strongly advocates for opportunities for her students to gain experience, build a resume and contacts database, and start their careers working on quality productions. She lobbies local production companies to offer internships to graduates, indie film crews to round out their no/low budget production with folks looking for experience, and former instructors and industry members to provide paid entry level positions to students ready for their “big break”.
To stay informed of all upcoming classes put on by GPP, ATLFF, and Producer Linda Burns, subscribe to Atlanta Film Festival’s free newsletter, GPP and ATLFF FB pages and twitter feeds, and the Linda Burns – Producer – Plexus Pictures FB page and twitter accounts.
The PA Academy is a bi-annual fundraiser for GPP and ATLFF, supporting GPP’s lobbying efforts on behalf of the industry as well as providing continuing educational opportunities and outreach to the community through ATLFF’s year round programming. For more information, go to http://thepaacademy.org/