Course Description

The Film Crew Intensive prepares future film and media technicians and crew members for entry-level positions by providing a unique opportunity to learn directly from professionals working on Cleveland feature films and commercial sets. It was developed with the help of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission and IATSE Local 209. Tri-C Film Academy trainees will work side by side with — and be mentored by — IATSE film industry professionals in various departments.


Course Outline

  • Week 1: Department Overviews 
  • Week 2: Production/Sound Department 
  • Week 3: Art Department 
  • Week 4: Camera Department 
  • Week 5: Grip & Electric Departments 
  • Week 6: Final Practicum/All Departments

Learner Outcomes

  • Receive an IMDb credit.
  • Network with industry professionals and fellow trainees.
  • Better understanding of departmental chain of command, set etiquette, walkie etiquette, production documents, film lingo and equipment handling.
  • Gain hands-on knowledge of film department on-set practices and procedures.
  • Help build the Northeast Ohio film industry workforce.
  • Receive work-for-hire compensation.


Trainees will be hired to work on the short film during the last week of class. These trainees must sign a participation agreement, be available for the full six weeks and be physically capable of lifting and moving heavy objects. All trainees hired will receive a stipend.
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Section Title
Film Crew Intensive Training with Short Film Production
M, T, W, Th, F
9:00AM to 4:00PM
Jan 13, 2025 to Feb 21, 2025
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Film Intensive non-credit $2,395.00
Section Notes
An additional day of instruction on Monday, February 24, 2025 may be added depending on need. Lead instructor (Olivia Villasenor) will notify registered students regarding any changes to scheduled meeting times.