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The Studio Mechanics Boot Camp: Information Session

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Reel Works

540 President Street, Suite 2F

Brooklyn, NY 11215

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The Studio Mechanics Boot Camp

Reel Works is partnering with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.), which represents many of the behind-the-scenes workers in theatre and film, to deliver a new STUDIO MECHANICS BOOT CAMP: A three-month training program for careers in film production.

Participants will learn essential technical and work readiness skills in motion picture lighting and grip departments from working members of IATSE Local 52. Graduates will qualify for work on film sets for union wages.

Reel Works is offering 9 ambitious young New Yorkers a chance to be part of the exciting world of electrician working on the sets of television and film. From the Gaffer who executes the lighting plan to the Best Boy who is the head assistant to the gaffer, and everybody else who works to support the team; the lighting department helps create the magic and mood that happens on screen.

Throughout the boot camp, trainees will learn workforce readiness skills and gain the essential knowledge, skills, tools, credentials, experience, and attitude that is needed for young craftspeople to work successfully on set as a Studio Mechanic. This is a first step towards a union career. The Electric Department workshop will help young applicants to work towards being part of the union and on the local 52 permit availability

This new program is unparalleled because participants, will work hands-on in multiple disciplines of studio mechanics, training with some of the industry’s top professionals.


  • Lighting Department: October - December 2019. Throughout the 3 months, students will have interactive class sessions, mainly on Mondays 7:00-10:00 pm plus practical sessions on 6 Saturdays. Most sessions will take place at Local 52 in Astoria, Queens.

  • Grip Department: Program will take place in the Winter of 2020. Separate Information Sessions will be made for this program.


  • There is no fee for this program. In fact, each trainee is paid a stipend during the 3-month training. During the 2020 year, the trainee that completes the program will be employed by one of our employment partners.


  • Applicants should be current NYC residents, 18–24 years of age, with a high school diploma or equivalent. They should also be legally eligible to work in the US. Additional requirements include an ability to: Lift up to 50 lbs; stand for up to two hours at a time. People of color, women, and LGBTQ+ individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • The "ideal trainee" should love film. The days on set can be long, and working schedules can be at all hours. Also, a penchant for troubleshooting and problem-solving capabilities is NOT mandatory but can be helpful.


  • Recruitment for the 2019–2020 Cohort is now OPEN. Applicants must RSVP and attend one information session which will be their first assessment. Information Sessions are held at 540 President St. Suite 2F Brooklyn, NY 11215. Selects candidates will be asked to return for a second assessment/ interview.

Information Session Dates:

  • Monday, September 16, 5:30-7:30pm

  • Friday, September 20, 12:00-2:00pm

Second Assessment/ Interview: (Invite Only)

  • Tuesday, September 24


If you have questions about the program, please contact or call: 718.768.9000.


Reel Works

540 President Street, Suite 2F

Brooklyn, NY 11215

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