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Visiting Artist Program Kicks Off With “Roles and Responsibilities of the Set PA: Surviving Below the Line” Workshop

Ever wonder what it would be like to work on the set and behind the scenes of a major motion picture, television show or music video? Spend the day with an entertainment industry professional who has for over 30 years. On Saturday, January 13, 2018, Hawai‘i Island based Stani Franklin will lead a full day workshop on the roles and responsibilities of a set Production Assistant (PA) and surviving below the line for island residents interested in working in feature film or television shows. The workshop will be held at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, with registration starting at 8:30 am. The workshop is designed for those with some experience in production who are strongly motivated to pursue entry level work in motion pictures, or for those with more experience who want to “brush up” on their skills.

Stani Franklin attended the University of New Mexico and graduated with an emphasis in Media, Broadcasting, and Theater in 1997. She has been working in film and television ever since, with multiple credits on a variety of shows in all genres, and in almost all below the line production capacities including PA, Production Coordinator, Set Production Assistant, Extras Casting, Art Department Assistant, Assistant Location Manager, Craft Services, and more. Credits include Hawaii Five O, #Reality High, 17th Annual WIN Awards, Wheel of Fortune, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and many more. The workshop will cover all the essential aspects of set PA duties and responsibilities including finding a job, proper set operations and etiquette, problem solving and communications, gear and equipment, paperwork, survival tips, and what to expect on that first day of work.

Hawai‘i Island is seeing a surge in professional production as noted in the local papers as recently as three weeks ago. Several game and reality shows have been on island, including MTV, who are producing a dating show. Two feature films were shot and partially shot on Hawaii Island in 2016 including Dwyane “The Rock” Johnson headlining in “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” and “Jo the Medicine Runner,” a feature length drama starring Jim Caviezel and Matt Damon. Parts of “Jumangi” were shot on island, all of “Jo the Medicine Runner“ was shot here.

These productions and others need set PAs and look to the talent pool here on Hawai‘i Island to fill some of these positions. So, if you have an interest in pursuing career opportunities in the motion picture field or want to upgrade your skills, this workshop is for you. Students: $15, non-students: $20. A light breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee. Call 520-345-8809 or email johnmasonkona@gmail.com with questions or to register. Space is limited, so don’t wait!

This program is sponsored by the Hawai‘i Island Film Office, Department of Research and Development, County of Hawaii. It is the first in a series of film production workshops planned for 2018 as part of the Film Office’s Visiting Artists Program, an initiative to provide training and workforce development in the areas of film and media production to island residents. March 3 will see a second workshop in the areas of acting and producing, and on May 27 a third workshop will be offered in screenwriting for film and television. Stay tuned for details!

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