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CURRENT SEMINARS

New upcoming seminar confirmed!


2-day LIVE seminar in Virginia confirmed for October 4th and 5th!

Register here for this hands-on training seminar that will prepare you to be THE UNFORGETTABLE PRODUCTION ASSISTANT!

Your career in film begins HERE

 


We are also looking forward to programs this Fall in New Mexico, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles!
Check back soon for details and more information.

If you are interested in bringing our live seminars to YOUR city, let us know and contact your local film commission.

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Archived Video clips

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K. Hollinger introduces P.A.T.S.
Getting called back
Working with C. Eastwood
Working with H. Hunter
Networking in the biz
Your First Day
Why work locally?

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WHAT IS P.A.T.S.?

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Your success as a Production Assistant is our Business!

Become the UNFORGETTABLE P.A.!!

Give us a weekend and we'll hand you the tools to build your career in the film industry.

Production Assistant Training Seminar (P.A.T.S.) provides on-location training for entry-level PA's. We provide a thorough orientation of the entertainment industry. By learning the proper etiquette and procedures from seasoned filmmakers, you will walk confidently onto any commercial, television, new media, fashion shoot, theatre or movie set. P.A.T.S. doesn't simply bridge the gap, but truly complements the creative aspects taught in any high-school, university or college film program with the practical skills of a film set . We give you the tools required, and the knowledge you will need to be a success your first day on a film set.

In the P.A.T.S. seminar we'll provide you:

  • Comprehensive manual
  • Download of 65+ industry standard forms
  • Entry into the P.A.T.S. National database
  • Video and PowerPoint Presentations
  • Instruction by industry professionals
  • Certificate of completion
  • P.A.T.S. News!

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P.A.T.S. WELCOMES YOU


The Founder:

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Gary Romolo Fiorelli

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P.A.T.S. graduates are being hired on film sets across the USA and Canada.
Click the map below to link to the current MASTER database page.

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Course Outline

P.A.T.S. seminars instruct participants in the day-to-day requirements of working as a production assistant (PA) on the set.

The first section is our hands-on instruction. Practical drills and demonstrations that will prepare you to show up on your first day of work on a major motion picture and present yourself as the “unforgettable PA.” The skills you learn in the first half of the seminar will allow you to perform at a level of understanding and confidence to get you a ‘call back’ for the second day!

I took Kenny's PA training seminar on Saturday, interviewed on Sunday, got called to work on Monday for my 'Audition' day and got myself the call back for five days on the set! Thanks P.A.T.S.!"

Peter Walker – Des Moines, Iowa

With our innovative guide, examples, and forms we will teach you the following concepts:

1st Section

• Pre-Production

• Production

• Defining the roles within a Director's Team

• What to expect on your First Day

• Walkie talkie protocol and etiquette

• Choreographing background performers

Our second section focuses on the finer points of film making. It prepares you for a deeper understanding of what happens behind the scenes with the Producers, Directors, and Actors. From the page to the screen, we bring all the elements you need to understand the PA’s role in the big picture.

The key element of the seminar is our job search, resume building, and interview techniques session. With P.A.T.S. resume design, we will craft participants individual “industry standard” resumes using their skills, education and practical experience. Production resumes are unique and always go to the top of the pile. The advice and techniques received from P.A.T.S. , prepare you for the interview, so you not only know what to expect, but how to respond.

P.A.T.S. then guides you to where the entry-level jobs are found through online search and network building sites. We will help you understand how to manage the maze of gatekeepers in order to get your resume to the right people.

2nd Section

• P.A. positions in other Dept.'s

• Script Breakdown by an A.D.

• Production Paperwork

• Film Set Safety and Protocol

• Resume and interview skills

• Job search techniques

 


Upon Completion

P.A.T.S. sticks your foot in the door, and stays with you! Each participant's name will be entered into P.A.T.S. national database. Graduates' contact information is made available to Hollywood and local based production companies and local film professionals as a resource for crew staffing on a state-by-state basis. Furthermore, our P.A.T.S. News! provides current topics regarding the film business, tips, and regional job postings!

 


 

A video on our seminar with NOVAC and the HBO TV series "Treme"
New Orleans, LA

"This is a very practical and important seminar where information is relayed in an engaging and entertaining manner. Kenny has an excellent understanding of public speaking and teaching so his students can absorb the information. He provide a good mix of practical information and entertaining real life stories. In addition, the real life stories pertain to the material being taught. He is very knowledgeable about his work and is able to relay that information effectively to all students regardless of their interests or backgrounds. I especially appreciate his skill at learning student’s names."

Katrina Ham – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

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