Atlanta launches film industry training
ATLANTA — The Atlanta Workforce Development Agency (AWDA) has launched Atlanta Entertainment Training Program, providing apprentice type training for below-the-line workers in the film industry.
In the film industry, “below the line” typically refers to crafts that include animation, cinematography, editing, makeup, post production, and visual effects. The program is the first job training program in the United States that focuses on helping the film industry build a talent pool of trained below-the-line workers with relevant experience.
The program, which is a partnership of the Mayor’s Office of Film and Entertainment, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local (IATSE) 479 and the AWDA, is currently in its pilot phase.
At no cost or liability to production companies, the AWDA will identify qualified applicants for positions as trainees in motion picture and television productions in Atlanta. AWDA will also pay trainees’ wages for the length of the program, which is up to 17 weeks. Once trainees are accepted into the program, IATSE Local 479 will orient the trainees to the film industry through an intensive two-day workshop and work with production to place trainees on set.
The City of Atlanta Entertainment Training Program is organized through cohorts based on current productions that participate in the program, the Mayor’s office said. Depending on the production, the positions open to Atlanta residents vary, which means that the number of participants for each cohort will also vary.
Admission into the program is on a rolling basis. Atlanta residents who are interested in participating must be 18 years of age, have a valid Georgia Driver’s License and must register with AWDA and go through the intake process.
“I am proud to support the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency and the Office of Entertainment’s efforts to facilitate employment opportunities for Atlanta residents in the film and television production industry,” said Mayor Kasim Reed in a news release. “Providing a trained below-the-line workforce is critical to the film industry’s growth in Atlanta and Georgia. This program will ensure that our residents and young people have access to learn from world-class professionals and acquire vital skills.”
This year, the film industry in Georgia generated an economic impact of over $6 billion and directly employed more than 23,000 people, according to Mayor Reed’s office.