Rapid Training course for Montanans to enter Film Industry in Butte

September 12, 2022 Accelerate Montana Team

Montana Associated Technology Roundtables

This will be the first time a film and media Rapid Training course will be offered in Butte. The classes will enable Montanans to quickly gain the skills needed to gain employment in the state’s fast-growing film and media industry.

“Highlands College is excited to work with Accelerate MT to support film productions coming to Butte,” Dean of Highlands College Karen VanDaveer said.  “This rapid training course gives community members an opportunity for employment within the film production industry. This partnership exemplifies a community and industry working together to make a positive impact.”

To register for the courses, please visit: https://mediatrainingcenter.co/

“After more than 11 years in the film industry here, I wanted to see more Montanans hired onto film sets and able to take advantage of this growing industry in our state. So, I launched the Media Training Center to create the opportunity for film set rapid training courses.” Lynn-Wood Fields, CEO of Media Training Center and Coordinator for Accelerate Montana stated. “I am beyond excited to partner with Highlands College, AccelerateMT and the community of Butte on August 13 & 14 with the introduction of these courses.”

There will be three courses offered over what should be a busy weekend. The first, “Introduction to Production” is a two-day course that will focus on the training needed to become a Production Assistant and will examine the film lingo, equipment names, paperwork, and walkie-talkie protocol. The two-day course will run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. On Sunday, trainees will be able to shadow a camera team as they film video materials and get hands-on experience. The cost is $100.

The second-course offering is the “Covid Compliance Officer (CCO) training. The COVID-19 Compliance Officer (CCO) is a new position to many film and production sets and is both extremely necessary and in high demand. The CCO will work with the set medic to prevent the spread of COVID-19 or other airborne diseases by using CDC-recommended measures. This half-day course is offered on Sunday, August 14, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. The cost is $75.

Any major film production requires “extras” and those filming in Montana are no exception. Therefore, the third course to be offered over the weekend is training in how to become a “Film Extra”.  This half-day course will be offered on Saturday, August 14, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The course will discuss how to apply, what to expect, and how to continue working as an extra. A standard rate for a single day of background work is between $100 and $200. The cost is $75.

Upon course completion, participants will receive a Course Completion Certificate. Additionally, participants will receive a link to valuable resources, including the class syllabus, examples of production company protocols, county COVID-19 guidelines, and much more. Participants will be given the opportunity to be listed in the Media Training Center database, a well-used resource productions filming in Montana who need to source talent.

In a further effort to lower the bar to entry, trainee scholarships are available from Career Futures depending on eligibility. According to Sarah De Money, Executive Director of Career Futures, Inc., “ Career Future’s goal is to get work for families, this is a perfect opportunity to do that and we are here to help promote our community.  We are thrilled to be (recruiting individuals or working with you) as Butte and our surrounding counties are a great representation of the melting pot of cultures in Montana.”

To register for the courses, please visit: https://mediatrainingcenter.co/

Contact Lynn-Wood Fields for questions: lynnwood.fields@mso.umt.edu

Contact Career Futures: 406-723-9101.

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