PA Boot Camp at Ferris Focuses on Michigan Film Jobs

pictureBIG RAPIDS – Ferris State University students and members of the Big Rapids area community can train for jobs in Michigan’s burgeoning film industry at Ferris State University during “Production Algebra/Production Assistant (PA) Boot Camp,” offered through the Michigan Production Alliance. This unique workshop, hosted by Ferris’ Television and Digital Media Production program, takes place from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4.

PA Boot Camp will provide more than just an overview of what is expected of production assistants on both film and video sets. MPA instructors Jax Baker and Mitch Nyberg will engage students with demonstrations, hands-on activities, form usage exercises and give a review of set/client etiquette. Students will gain job search tips from a panel of production professionals during an informative discussion on local production companies, unions and film organizations, and the resources they offer.

“Attending this workshop will help our students understand some basics about the film industry here in Michigan and benefit by establishing additional contacts to prepare them to work in Michigan’s growing film industry,” said Fred Wyman, chair of the Television and Digital Media Production program at Ferris.

Michigan lawmakers recently established incentives to attract filmmakers, and plans have been announced for Hollywood-style studios in Allen Park, Pontiac, along with Muskegon and Manistee. The Allen Park facility is expected to create about 3,500 permanent, full-time jobs.

PA Boot Camp takes place in the IRC building, room 120. The cost is $40 for general admission and $35 for students. Register and pay online at or at the door if you qualify for the student discount.

The MPA conducts a variety of events educating and informing members of the community of new and enhanced resources and technologies affecting Midwest production personnel.

Ferris’ TDMP program has graduated many hundreds of industry professionals who make significant contributions to the media production industry in Michigan and throughout the country.

26 March, 2009