Led by a professional key grip, the 2-day training took place on March 15 & 16 at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA and was attended by 22 individuals, including 15 local college students. Covering topics such as set etiquette, safety, and equipment, the workshop gave participants hands-on experience with three different set-ups including tabletop, interview and dolly track. The response from participants was overwhelmingly positive, with many asking when our next training will take place. The course also received a grant and endorsement from IATSE Local 481, the local film workers union. We are currently planning our next course, which will cover being a gaffer (lighting electrician) on a film set.
BFMC Executive Director Diane Pearlman collaborated with Berkshire Community College to develop multidisciplinary film and media-related courses for students. As a result, non-credit courses on film production and video game design will be offered at BCC next year. These will hopefully become credited courses in the near future.