Fast Training Courses Offered in Butte for Job Opportunities in Film Productions | Local

Highlands College, Media Training Center and Accelerate Montana recently formed a new partnership to offer fast-paced training courses designed to take advantage of upcoming film production job opportunities in the mining town. Together, the groups will offer rapid-fire film and media training courses designed to equip Montanese with the skills film production companies need most and help train interested Montanese to become “ready.”

The training will take place August 13-14 at Highlands College, 25 Basin Creek Road.

This will be the first time that a rapid-fire film and media training course will be offered in Butte.

Lynn-Wood Fields, CEO of the Media Training Center and Coordinator of Accelerate Montana, launched the Media Training Center. “I am beyond excited to partner with Highlands College, Accelerate Montana and the community of Butte on Saturday and Sunday, August 13 and 14, with the introduction of these classes,” she said in a statement. Press.

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“Highlands College is thrilled to be working with Accelerate Montana to support upcoming film productions in Butte,” said Karen VanDaveer, Dean of Highlands College. “This quick training course provides community members with a job opportunity in the film production industry. This partnership exemplifies a community and an industry working together to make a positive impact.

There will be three classes offered over what is expected to 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 review film lingo, equipment names, paperwork and walkie-talkie protocol. The two-day course will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Sunday, trainees will be able to follow a camera crew as they film video footage and gain hands-on experience. The cost is $100.

The second course offer is the “Covid Compliance Officer” (CCO) training. The COVID-19 Compliance Officer (CCO) is a new position for many films and production sets and is both needed and in high demand. The CCO will work with the Prepare a Physician to prevent the spread of COVID-19 or other airborne illnesses using measures recommended by the CDC. This half-day course is offered Sunday, August 14 from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $75.

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

At the end of the course, participants will receive a certificate of completion. Additionally, attendees will receive a link to valuable resources, including the course syllabus, sample production company protocols, county COVID-19 guidelines, and more. Participants will have the opportunity to be listed in the Media Training Center database, a resource of productions filming in Montana that need to find talent.

Intern scholarships are available from Career Futures based on eligibility. Contact Career Futures: 406-723-9101.

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Marjorie N. McClure