Film PA Bootcamp – May 1 & 2

by NashFilm


The Nashville Filmmakers Guild is launching our first workshop of the year, an intensive PA Bootcamp.
WHEN:  May 1st & 2nd, 9am – 5pm
The Backlot Studio
1015 W Kirkland Ave, Ste 301
Nashville, TN 37216
DESCRIPTION:  An intense 2-day hands-on workshop taught by industry professionals who will prepare you for entry-level Set and Office Production Assistant positions.
Radio and surveillance mic protocol
Set protocol (do’s and don’ts)
How the A.D. team functions
Production language
Gear and supplies
Other crew functions
The Office P.A. (Distribution, Sides, Script Revisions)
Film and TV versus commercials/videos/low budget P.A.
How to anticipate the needs of your production
Lock-ups, Call outs, Daily and Nightly duties
Where to find production jobs and navigating an industry career path
Preparing your resume
Jody Brockway is the executive director of the P.A. Bootcamp. Jody is a veteran of the television industry. She was Vice President of Movies and Mini-Series at NBC for eight years; Vice President, Scripted Programs at Granada America until 2005; and in the past five years has produced television movies for ABC Family Channel.
Leigh Paonessa is one of the drill instructors for the workshop. Leigh has over 20 years of set Production experience. She has worked as a Set PA, Second Second AD, Second AD, and BG Coord. Her resume includes big budget features such as Transformers, Iron Man (MEN), Pirates of the Caribbean, as well as low budget features, episodic television, commercials, videos and reality.
Chuck Canzoneri is also a drill instructor for the workshop. Chuck has worked in the business for over 10 years as a Set P.A. on T.V. shows including Arrested Development, SWAT and The Rookie. He’s also been a Post P.A., a Writer’s P.A. and a non-union Assistant Director on such films as Kaante and Dakota Skye.
The Nashville Filmmakers Guild is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization made of an entirely volunteer staff. Looking back, NFG started in early 2013 as a coffee shop meetup. The group quickly expanded into an online Facebook community in November, 2013. In July, 2016 NFG became an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit, placing a new emphasis on outreach & education. In 2017, the growing board and committees organized regular workshops and social events to foster skills development and networking. This commitment to building community and training the next generation of filmmakers continues to this day. Now, in 2021 NFG has 6 operating committees run by over 20 volunteers, serving over 200 NFG members and an online community of more than 4,000 filmmakers statewide.