|Producers Produce Jobs|
In late 2010, PGA member Carrie Certa was gifted a full camera, lighting and grip equipment package for two weeks from Action On Film Festival (AOF). Knowing she did not require the package for that length of time, she offered the gear to fellow filmmakers and called on her PGA connections to produce not one, but eight short films which would premiere in July at AOF.
Being out of a job herself, Carrie could not pay for any position or additional equipment so she did the next best thing, she offered up networking parties and the promise of connecting people with paying work. The offer was met with much skepticism, but after the first networking party, naysayers soon learned Carrie was good to her word. She recruited fellow PGA members: Melissa Friedman, Tom Koyyka, Mark Shelton and Giselle Rivera to produce these shorts to the highest level a zero budget could provide.
Yes, zero budget.
As far as the crew is concerned, you get what you pay for… right?
Over 170 people, including cast, crew, special effects artists, editors, color correctionists, sound mixers, composers and any other position you can think of, all came on board, donating their time and services. There was a large range of experience, from eager students to Telly, Oscar and Emmy award winners. There were no stops un-pulled to make these films come to life.
Did these 8 shorts come with problems? Of course. This is production; there are always problems. Second, there was no budget, so of course there were many more roadblocks to get through. In this situation it was a great learning experience for even the most experienced crew members. But the happy ending to this story is the success of job placement. In order to help ourselves, we need to help others. This way of thinking has been borne out by the success of this production series, contacts from which have helped to find jobs for no fewer than 25 people since October.
The point of the story is that just as we all can work together to produce some amazing stories for all to enjoy, through these work experiences we also can help one another to find jobs. As the saying goes, ‘it’s all in who you know.’ So get to know someone and put in some work, because you never know… it just may lead to your next job.
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