California Film Commission Career Readiness Program
Through the California Department of Education Career Readiness Initiative
The information in red is in the CFC regulations and defines a particular Career readiness activity in which a production company can participate. Below is a brief description of how this particular activity increases career readiness, followed by links to forms and resources production companies will need to provide to secondary students, their teachers, or programs.
Studio/ Professional Production Tours
CFC Criteria: Provide students enrolled in an accredited community college a minimum of 8 hours of studio or production company tours, which may include set visit and/or set construction, wardrobe department, art department, and editorial department.
Careers in the Film and Television industry take place at a wide variety of locations from preproduction and management in company offices to studio and on location production settings, to post-production facilities for sound, editing, and special effects. Providing guided access to your facilities and locations is a great way for students to see how the entertainment industry works "behind the scenes." Whether it be hosted access to a studio, sound-stage, set visit, or a trip to a control room or post-production facility, this would provide the student with a greater understanding of the working environments and collaborative interaction of career professionals in the entertainment industry.
Studio/Professional Production Tour Examples:
Students visit a working set with time set aside to speak to working professionals and to ask questions.
Students tour a studio, sound-stage, or facility to provide a detailed understanding of how these facilities operate and/or are utilized by motion picture or television productions.
Arrange an on-site experience with a vendor (such as JL Fisher, Avid, or Panavision) to showcase the various tools of the trade and familiarize students with state-of-the-art equipment and its uses.
A "fly on the wall" experience for a student. Examples: Sit in on a development meeting; attend a production concept meeting with director, production designer, cinematographer and/or producer; or visit a writer's room.
Observing an aspect of postproduction, such as a sound mix, ADR Foley and/or Color-correction session, Visual Effect shot review with visual artists and director, and/or an editing session.
An opportunity to visit an industry event, such as the upfronts, NAB, NATPE, or AFM.
Q&A with on-staff department heads.
For more information on this new CFC Career Readiness Grant program click the links below or contact Jack Mitchell, California Department of Education, AME Industry Sector Lead, at CFCcareerreadiness@cde.ca.gov.