Three-week Tri-C program offers classes in cameras, lighting, sound, special effects, stunt work

CLEVELAND - Cuyahoga Community College, or Tri-C, and the Greater Cleveland Film Commission will offer a film crew technical training program next year as more movies are using Cleveland as their set.

"It's exciting," said Bob Bryan, executive director of television and video services at Tri-C. "If you're looking for a job that's not 9 to 5, and if you're looking for a job that takes you a lot of different places and exposes you to things you'd never be exposed to, working in the film industry is a wonderful opportunity."

The three-week program begins Jan. 6 at Tri-C. It includes instruction on cameras, lighting, sound, special effects, stunt work, wardrobe, and being a production assistant.

"People want to hire locally," said Ivan Schwarz, president of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission. "We need to continue to train and create a crew base so that they can take advantage of our local talent."

Schwarz said 2013 has been an especially good year with six movies shot so far in the Cleveland area. He contributes the success in part to Ohio's attractive film incentive which gives a 25 percent spending credit to production companies that choose to film in the state.

The program will be taught by local film industry instructors, and upon successful completion, graduates will receive a certificate.

"We're trying to attract young people," said Schwarz. "I think it's a great opportunity for veterans."

The cost of the program is $1,595.00. To register, visit www.tri-c.edu/filmcrewtech or call 216-987-3075.

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