Despite a slow rise in female directors, writers and producers, we know that women still lack opportunities in the film industry. Men outnumber women by at least 4 to 1 on film sets. In some departments, that statistic is closer to 10 to 1. While these are national statistics, we know that Utah is no exception to this issue. So, the Utah Film Commission and Fade to Black Productions have partnered to present The Focus is Female: Workshops for Film and Television to give women a foot in the door.
Experience practical, hands-on workshops that teach the skills needed to take that next step into the Utah film and television industry. Workshops will be run by Fade to Black Productions, taught by industry professionals, and focus on a specific area of the industry.
See available workshop descriptions below and the links to apply.
Wednesday, June 15, 2022
10:00am - 5pm MST
Redman Movies and Stories
1075 South 700 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
Each workshop will include a breakout session focused on a specific area and a hands-on experience combining all groups to film a short video.
Space is limited so please apply by June 3, 2022. Completion of the Utah Film Commission PA Training or on-set experience is recommended but not required for selection.
Please choose from one of the five on-set departments listed below to apply.
The Assistant Director (AD) handles the logistics of running a set. They are the liaison between the director and the rest of the crew. They create and manage the shooting schedule and disseminate information to the crew. This class will focus on what an assistant director is, what they do and what characteristics make a good assistant director. You should be great at multi-tasking and communicating, and have stellar organization skills. Instructors: Miriam Footer, Jennie Latham Morris
Come learn the mysteries of the camera department from cinematographer to loader! This workshop will concentrate on responsibilities of each position in the camera department. Learn terminology, how to pack your tool belt, basic camera set up, film set protocol and key networking tips. Instructor: Tahlee Scarpitti
With many moving pieces, the grip and electric departments have key relationships with the Director, DP and AD's. They are responsible for shaping the light (grip) and setting the lights (electric). In this workshop, learn key terminology and get hands-on experience with the equipment, camera movement, and setting lights. Instructors: TBD
The Art Department for any TV show or feature film is sometimes one of the largest on a crew--from production design to construction to graphics. This workshop focuses on set decoration, set dressers and props. Learn why these positions are so important to the overall look and how they work with the Production Designer and Director to bring their visions to screen. Instructors: Meg Cabell, TBD
As we all know, sound is integral to the on screen experience. In this workshop you will learn about the key positions within the department and the basic sound equipment. You will also learn how to properly mic an actor, how to deal with "outside" noise, and the key department relationships like camera and the script supervisor. Instructors: Andrea Baltazar, TBD