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Sound on Set

By Tara Bennett


The New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC) is currently accepting applications for their upcoming training session “Sound on Set.”

The final deadline for applications is Wednesday, April 15, and the course will be held on April 25 and 26 at NOVAC:BR’s office at The Creative Bloc located in downtown Baton Rouge.

The class will be taught by sound experts Jordan Lewis and Paul Knox. Lewis is the former manager of “Building Studios,” the onsite music and post production sound studio once held at Celtic Studios. He now works for Tommy’s TV and has extensive experience working as a sound mixer. Knox’s talents range from boom operator, foley artist and sound editor.

“If you take this class, you’re going to learn the ins and outs of the purpose of the [sound team] and how it functions,” said NOVAC:BR Programs Manager Elizabeth Hutchison in an earlier interview with DIG Magazine.

During the two day course, participants will learn all about the job and responsibilities of a sound mixer and boom operator on film and TV sets. Some of the responsibilities that will be covered include defining the roles in the sound department, set etiquette from the sound department perspective, basics of boom operating, how to lav up talent and operate common wireless systems, the basics of sound, mic placement, and how to get clean audio. Now is a great time to begin a career in the film industry because of the sheer high demand of workers for film and television.

“I moved back here from Los Angeles in 2009, and I have never since I’ve been back seen the city of Baton Rouge so busy with the film and television projects going on in town,” said Hutchison. “It’s really exciting.”

NOVAC:BR is a non-profit organization funded through the Mayor’s Office of Community Development, who provides funding for NOVAC:BR’s free work force training, which gives people various skills to find jobs in the production industry. The courses offered by NOVAC cover various behind-the-scenes crafts including production assistantship, accounting, script supervision and electric.

“We offer free training so that people can begin their careers or move up in their careers in the local film industry,” said Hutchison. “All of our courses prepare people for entry level positions.”

Participants who successfully complete the course and graduate will then be given a complementary year-long membership to NOVAC:BR, which entitles them to resume help and networking opportunities. Hutchison will also work closely with participants in finding job placements. To date NOVAC: BR has trained over 100 people with over 50 percent of job placements in the industry.

While the course is free, interested attendees should submit a resume and completed application to elizabeth@novacvideo.org or via mail to NOVAC, 532 Louisa Street, New Orleans, LA 70117 by Wednesday, April 15 at 5 p.m. Upon receiving applications and resumes, NOVAC will then schedule a 10-minute phone interview to the applicant. No prior film experience is required.

“That’s the great thing, most of our attendees have zero to little experience,” said Hutchison. “That’s why we’re here. We want to offer the training.”


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