Course Aims To Teach Film Set Skills

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LENOX, Mass. - The Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative is holding its first workforce development course, “Get a Grip: An Introduction to Being a Grip on a Film Set,” a program that is designed to give participants practical experience in order to potentially work on a film set.
The first day will teach participants basic knowledge of grip gear and how to properly use it. Other topics will include proper attire, set etiquette and basic knot knowledge.
The second day will focus on learning “practical” setups and how to light and grip three different sets: tabletop, interview and dolly setup.
“We’re excited about offering this course as it is the first step in expanding the workforce in western Massachusetts. Our intention is that it will lead to more local hires when productions come to our region,” said Diane Pearlman, BFMC’s executive director.
Instructors for the course are two seasoned industry professionals.
David LaRue has been a professional grip for more than 25 years and has served as the key grip for many feature films, including "The Way, Way Back," Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom," "Surrogates" and "Valediction."
William Beautyman is the owner of Limelight Production in Lee. He is an experienced gaffer and grip with more than 40 years in the business.
The workshop will take place on Saturday, March 15, and Sunday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Elayne Bernstein Theatre at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox.
The cost of the workshop is $160 for adults and $125 for high school and college students.
Registration is required at 413-528-4223.

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