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Special Effects Seminar to Offer Locals an Inside Track to Film Industry Jobs

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy, in partnership with the New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC), announced Ready, Set, Film: Practical Effects, a free five-day seminar in special effects for locals interested in getting a foot in the growing film industry in Southeast Louisiana. NOVAC is partnering with Film New Orleans in the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy, Film Jefferson, the UNO Foundation and Spectrum FX to offer the seminar from July 29 to August 2, 2013.

Twenty locals will get the chance to work with veteran effects coordinator Matt Kutcher and his team at Spectrum FX (Beautiful Creatures, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Bonnie & Clyde) to learn the basics of creating the incredible effects in front of the camera that make movies come to life. Participants will learn on-set safety, atmospherics, introductory pyrotechnics, model creation and more during the seminar, which will be held at Spectrum FX in Harahan. NOVAC will then work with the candidates to place them in jobs in art and effects departments on feature film productions throughout the region.

NOVAC’s Ready, Set, Film! Industry Workforce Training program has been delivering high-quality technical training in industry skills since 2007, training hundreds of local residents to enter the film industry, including 2012’s PA Bootcamp and 2013’s Intro to Grip & Electric.

“We are pleased to be partnering with NOVAC, Jefferson Parish and the University of New Orleans Foundation to offer leading-edge training that is going to deliver a highly skilled regional workforce to support the film industry in the area,” said Scott Hutcheson, advisor to Mayor Landrieu for Cultural Economy.

Spectrum FX owner Matt Kutcher is a 25-year veteran in effects coordination, and member of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 478, the local stage and studio mechanics union. After working in Hollywood for most of his career, Kutcher relocated his company to Louisiana to participate in the statewide film industry boom. He is known for his commitment to safety and innovation and for hiring and developing local talent. “Building a local workforce that can compete with the pros in Hollywood is key to continuing this industry, and why I offered this training, so that my kids and my business can stay in the Greater New Orleans region,” said Kutcher.

The ideal candidate for this program will have experience in skilled building trades, and demonstrate a long-term commitment to working in the film industry. Interested participants with proof of residency in Orleans or Jefferson Parishes are encouraged to read more and complete an application at Applications are due July 13, 2013 and questions about the process can be directed to Abigail Levner at [email protected].