PA
PROGRAM
 
2017-2018 PA TRAINING PROGRAM
Co-chairs: Corey Kaplan, John Iacovelli, Jack Fisk, and Tom Walsh, Production Designers

The Production Apprentice (PA) Trainee Program is an ADG – Art Directors Branch administered and funded program. It has been designed for the purpose of providing mentorship, supervision and on-the-job training to future Production Designers/Art Directors.
The ultimate goal is to provide Production Apprentice (PA) Trainee participants with a clear and direct path towards obtaining real-time workplace training, and, on completion of their term of training and a satisfactory mentorship review, membership within the ADG Art Directors Branch as Assistant Art Directors.
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  • The goal of the PA Training Program is to expose PA Trainees to a full range of workplace experiences (feature, episodic, commercials, reality shows, live events, and theme parks).
  • Once admitted, the PA Trainee’s name will be placed on an availability list managed by the Program’s staff supervisor.
  • The Program requires approximately 260 days of consecutive or non-consecutive participation by those accepted.
  • Announcements will go out to all Guild Production Designer/Art Director members that PA Trainees are available for immediate placement on film, TV or commercial projects. (Note that placement is not guaranteed and will depend on the schedules and requirements of the Production Designer/Art Director members and the projects on which they are employed.)
  • PA Trainees would be hired, compensated and insured in the same manner as all other Production Assistants by the producers of the particular production.
  • PA Trainees will be supervised by the show’s Production Designer and Art Directors. These members will serve as the PA Trainee’s primary mentors and networking agents for their further placement and advancement during their training period.
  • Guidelines governing the assignment, supervision and periodic assessment of the PA Trainee’s progress will be issued by the PA Training Program to the participating Production Designer/Art Directors.
  • PA Trainees may not displace Guild members or other IATSE represented crafts. Only productions that have fully satisfied their required staffing for all positions may participate in the Program. PA Trainees may not be used as alternative low-cost employees for the creation of essential covered work on the production.
  • PA Trainees are responsible for their own housing, transportation and living expenses.

SCOPE OF WORK, DUTIES AND ACTIVITIES
  • Researcher: Search and acquire research materials as directed.
  • Art Department Archivist: Manage digital database pipeline and hard copy files for research, set plans, location files, graphic files, stored set assets.
  • Copyist: Reproduce all reference materials and blueprint reproduction services.
  • Information Distribution: Distribute research and set drawings to all departments.
  • Resource Collection: Follow-through on collection of material samples and swatches from vendors.
  • Location Surveys: Assist in measuring and documenting as required.
  • Observer and Auditor: Attend concept and production meetings, location and tech scouts; have access to all shooting sets and locations.

SUPERVISED CURRICULUM - PROJECTS - HOMEWORK - CONTINUING EDUCATION
  • Story Analysis Skills: Practice script and concept presentation.
  • Drawing & Illustration Skills (analog and digital): Practice quick sketch, drafting, rendering.
  • Model Building Skills: Practice construction techniques (analog and digital).
  • Document Creation Skills: Set and decoration estimating.
  • Logistics 101: People skills, resource management, art of work delegation.
  • Survival Skills: Flexibility, resourcefulness, communication.
  • Continuing Education: Access at subsidized or reduced rates to digital and fine arts training programs.
  • PA Trainees will be required to attend in person or audit online all ADG sponsored master classes, outreach programs and workshops.

ADG COMMUNITY SERVICE (non-compensated time)
  • The PA Training Program’s staff supervisor will be responsible for scheduling all ADG related community service activities.
  • PA Trainees are expected to participate in ADG programs (Archive Library, Awards program, Film Society, Comic-Con, Special Events and Gallery 800).
  • PA Trainees participate in the acquisition and creation of content for the Guild’s publications: Perspective, News You Can Use and the website.

APPRENTICE (PA) TRAINING PROGRAM COMPLETION
  • At the end of approximately 260 days of consecutive or non-consecutive participation, the PA Trainee’s mentor/supervisors will be required to submit formal letters of review to the ADG Council, addressing the applicant’s abilities and suitability for acceptance into full membership within the ADG’s Art Directors Branch as Assistant Art Director.
  • Membership status will be reviewed by the ADG Council. It will approve or decline the awarding of craft membership as an Assistant Art Director. Upon approval the PA Trainee will be responsible for the filing of all formal membership applications to the ADG and will be responsible for paying the prevailing initiation fees that may be applicable at the time of membership application.
  • Formal Industry Experience Roster placement will be approved once the new member has secured employment on a production that is a signatory to the Basic Agreement.



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CALENDAR
 
2017-2018 (PA) TRAINING PROGRAM SUBMISSIONS
April
28  - Fri 5:00pm
PA Trainee Application Submissions END

May
2  - Tue 5:00pm
PA Trainee Panel Reviews Submissions (May 2nd -10th)
12  - Fri 5:00pm
PA Trainee Applicants Notified

June
10  - Sat 9:00am
Showcase West
11  - Sun 9:00am
PA Trainee Applicants Interviews
13  - Tue 9:00am
PA Trainee Applicant Interviewees Notified


 


PA PROGRAM
REQUIREMENTS
 
APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
  • A demonstrated passion for narrative design.
  • A demonstrated desire to collaborate with others in a professional working environment.
  • A demonstrated experience and/or educational background relating to the discipline of design for the narrative arts (film, theater, digital media, architecture, interior design, graphic design, fine art, photography).
  • Must supply an online portfolio (submission) materials conveying skill and experience.
  • Able to commit full-time to the program.
  • Must be 21 years of age or older
  • Must be legal to work with any U.S. employer
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APPLICATION DEADLINE: APRIL 29, 2016
  • All Submissions Are Final.
  • Completed applications must be uploaded no later than Friday, April 29th.
  • Applications will not be accepted after this date.
  • Notifications will be sent out on Monday, May 18th -21st, informing up to ten applicants that they will be invited to participate in the final round of interviews.

REVIEW PROCESS AND NOTIFICATION
  • Applicants will be notified of their status via e-mail.
  • Ten applicants will be invited into the final round for program consideration to be held in June, 2016, at the offices of the Art Directors Guild in Los Angeles, California.
  • Of the ten finalists, two will be chosen to participate in the 2016-2017 program. Should you not be included, you may re-submit your materials after March 1, 2016 for the 2017-2018 program.
  • The Review Committee does not provide individual critiques of any applicant’s work.
  • The decisions of the Committee are final and not subject to appeal. All materials submitted by applicants will be retained by the ADG.
  • Please do not contact the ADG offices regarding application status.

 
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

1. SIGNED SUBMISSION AGREEMENT
  • Please print out, sign and scan as a PDF. (You will be asked to upload the signed agreement at the end of the online application.)
  • Please label your PDF:
    LastName_FirstName_Agreement.PDF

2. NARRATIVE STATEMENT
Typed, double spaced, 500 words maximum, listing your name at the top of the page, saved as a PDF to include the following elements:
  • A two-to-three paragraph autobiographical sketch of your background and prior training.
  • Your philosophy concerning the profession of design for the moving image and themed design industries. This statement should be a focused and thoughtful demonstration of the applicant’s personal thinking.
  • Please label your PDF:
    LastName_FirstName_Narrative.PDF

3. RESUME
Your resume should detail your professional work and education to date
  • Save as a PDF and label your file:
    LastName_FirstName_Resume.PDF

4. LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
Letters (two maximum) must be submitted (save as PDF)
  • Recommendation Letters must be signed by recommender.
  • Include recommender’s contact information (e-mail address and phone number)
  • If at a later date you re-apply to the Program, you must submit one letter of recommendation from a new recommender.
  • Please label your PDF files:
    LastName_FirstName_Letter1.PDF
    LastName_FirstName_Letter2.PDF

5. SUPPORTING VISUAL PORTFOLIO MATERIALS
Submit samples of work that reflect your design creativity, drafting and model-making skills, perspective and life-drawing ability, set or prop construction experience and computer knowledge (CAD, Vectorworks, Photoshop, SketchUp). You can elect to present samples in various stages of development or as a finished work.
  • Portfolio materials must be formatted as PDF files at 72ppi
  • Please limit content to a maximum of 20 pages
  • Page Size: 8.5 x 11 or 8.5 x 14
  • Maximum File Size: 10mb
  • Please label your PDF files:
    LastName_FirstName_Portfolio.PDF

6. PERSONAL WEBSITE LINK (optional)
A link to your personal design website is welcomed but optional.

7. MEDIA TRAILERS (optional)
Vimeo or You Tube link to up to three separate 60-second trailers may be included.

8. APPLICATION FEE
There is a fee of $50 (U.S.) required for application processing and staff administration.
 


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CONTACT THE ADG

LAURA KAMOGAWA
Production Apprentice (PA)
Training Program Administrator
(818) 762-9995
laura@artdirectors.org
 
 

SUZANNE FELLER-OTTO
Showcase Curator
sfo.guild@gmail.com

 
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