Veterans in Film and Television Launches Production Assistant Workshop at Sony Studios, Los Angeles


A bigger commitment taken towards supporting veterans in entertainment through VFT’s launch of the Production Assistant Workshop, June 15 – 16, 2015 at Sony Studios, Los Angeles

Last Updated: June 9, 2015 9:42 pm GMT
(June 9, 2015) Veterans in Film and Television stepped up their commitment to ensuring that veterans get back to work in the entertainment industry by providing formal training for aspiring production assistants. This two-day workshop taught by notable industry names, such as Erin Gray, will formally train and prepare all participants of the program to become candidates for gainful employment as Production Assistants.

“The purpose of this workshop is twofold; to support the industry with formally trained production assistants, which is something that is greatly needed and will impact the efficiency of productions, and secondly, it will give veterans an education and a step up for those who seek to work in the entertainment field. We are thrilled by the excitement that is building with our sponsors, Sony Studios, and our supporters, Heroes for Hire, and the Society of Camera Operators.” Jennifer Marshall, VFT

“Hosting and supporting the efforts of Veterans in Film and Television is in alignment with our commitment to the production community. At Sony DMPC, on the Sony Studio Lot, we are able to educate and train aspiring and awarded production talent." Dan Perry, Director NAO Production Manager/Director DMPC of Sony Electronics.

The two-day workshop agenda will be broken into production categories; feature film (high to low budget), episodic TV, non-scripted TV (reality), commercials, and music videos. The workshop is designed as an intensive education program, giving the participants detailed training so that they can immediately apply what they have learned on the job. A sampling of topics to be covered are; production paperwork, set protocol, roles and functions, terminology, gear, and equipment training.

“Service members traditionally bring discipline, self-motivation and high attention to detail when performing outside of the military service. By providing this workshop they can now incorporate this new education with their stringent military training the outcome being employment within the entertainment business. This will benefit the veterans, their families, and the industry as a whole,” said Mark August, USNR (Ret), VFT Advisor and President to the Society of Camera Operators.

For detailed information and to register for this free workshop, please email:


Veterans in Film & Television is a nonprofit networking organization that unites current and former members of the military working in the film and television industry. Created and operated by veterans, VFT makes it simple and easy for the film & television industry to connect with the veteran community working in it. It is a resource for the film/TV industry to find and hire veterans. It is also an organization for veterans who work, or aspire to work, in film/TV to interact with, support, and learn from each other.


Jennifer Marshall

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