Entry-Level Film Training Programs

We’ve already discussed entry-level TV training programs, but there are plenty more foot-in-the-door programs that will get you set up in a film industry career. We’ve got you covered with the training programs that will help you make those all-important connections in the film industry.

Details on these film training programs below, including location, salary, application process, and contact information.

Assistant Directors Training Program

Hollywood Cinema Production Resources’ Training Program

The “Made in NY” Production Assistant Training Program

Streetlights Production Assistant Program

United Talent Agency Agent Training Program

The William Morris Endeavor Agency Agent Training Program

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Assistant Directors Training Program

Website: http://www.dga.org/Resources/Training-Program.aspx
Overview: The program is jointly sponsored by the Directors Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The Program provides on-the-job training to help you land a role as a Second Assistant Director. Program includes paid work experience and seminars on different aspects of the industry. At the end of the Program, trainees are invited to join the Directors Guild of America.
Length: 350 or 400 days
Salary: Yes, training is paid
Location: West Coast and East Coast
How to Apply: Application requirements differ by coast, so check out Los Angeles process here and New York process here.
Contact:
West Coast Program
www.trainingplan.org
Assistant Directors Training Program
15301 Ventura Blvd. Bldg.
E #1075
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(818) 386-2545
mail@trainingplan.org



New York Program
www.dgatrainingprogram.org
Assistant Director Training Program
1697 Broadway
Suite #600
New York, NY 10019
(212) 397-0930
info@dgatrainingprogram.org

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Hollywood Cinema Production Resources’ Training Program

Website: http://www.hollywoodcpr.org/training/training.html
Overview: Provides industry-specific training to prepare under-served students for an entry-level job in film. The Program works with the unions to recruit professionals to instruct in the following fields: stagecraft, upholstery/drapery, set dressing/decoration,
greens, grip/craftservice, cinematography/camera loader, apprentice editor, costume manufacturing, set lighting, set painting, scenic and graphic arts.
Length: 18 months – two years
Salary: No, requires payment, but financial aid and waivers are available
Location: Los Angeles, CA
How to Apply: Submit application here. And more information on the Program requirements here.
Contact: filmtvstageproduction@gmail.com

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The “Made in NY” Production Assistant Training Program

Website: http://www.bwiny.org/pages/programs/patraininga.html
Overview: This program is specifically geared towards providing individuals with low-income backgrounds access to entry-level television jobs as a production assistant. After an unpaid training period, the Program leads into a two-year career development program that provides career placement assistance, career counseling, and support.
Length: Five week training followed by two-year career development
Salary: Unpaid training and career development provides assistance finding paid jobs
Location: New York City
How to Apply: Attend an information session and apply there
Contact:
Brooklyn Workforce Innovations
621 Degraw St.
Brooklyn, NY 11217
pa@bwiny.org
718-237-2017 x 145

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Streetlights Production Assistant Program

Website: http://www.streetlights.org/showbiz_info.htm
Overview: A production assistant training program for low-income individuals looking for entry-level job in film industry. The Program requires 240-hours of training time, some of which is on-the-job production experience. Following completion, Job Development Services is available for six months to ensure to job placement and additional Career Advancement Services are available for at least two years.
Length: 6 weeks
Salary: Stipends available
Location: Los Angeles, CA
How to Apply: Must be referred to the Program. Additional information on the organization and the Program’s application process can be found here.
Contact:
Streetlights PA Program
c/o Raleigh Studios
650 N. Bronson Ave.
Suite B108
Hollywood, CA  90004
(323) 960-4540 (phone)
( 323) 960-4546 (fax)

 
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United Talent Agency Agent Training Program

Website: http://www.unitedtalent.com/#training/
Overview: The UTA Agent Training Program offers hands-on training and exposure to the industry’s best-practices in order to succeed as an entertainment agent. Training starts in the mailroom, but upon completion of the Program, trainees may get hired on at UTA as agents.
Length: Variable
Salary: Paid
Location: Los Angeles and New York City
How to Apply: Hiring is done a rolling basis. For more information and to apply, contact trainingprogram@unitedtalent.com.
Contact: trainingprogram@unitedtalent.com or hr@unitedtalent.com

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The William Morris Endeavor Agency Agent Training Program

Website: http://www.wmeentertainment.com/
Overview: The WME Agent Training Program (formerly WMA Agent Training Program), the first of its kind, is known for being a rigorous industry program that rotates trainees through various departments of WMA, including the mailroom. Upon completion, the goal is a full-time assistant or coordinator role at William Morris Endeavor.
Length: One year
Salary: Paid (low)
Location: Los Angeles and New York City
How to Apply: Look for agent training opening here, or contact WME directly at their NYC or LA office below.
Contact:
New York Office:
1325 Ave. of the Americas
New York, NY 10019
212-586-5100 (phone)
212-246-3583 (fax)

Los Angeles Office:
9601 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
310-285-9000 (phone)
310-285-9010 (fax)

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