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Production Assistant Essentials Training Program with IFP Chicago & Free Spirit Media


2258 W. 16TH STREET, CHICAGO, IL 60608


There has never been a better time to break into the Chicago film and television industry than right now. The city is booming and all types of productions - from big broadcast show to independent films - are looking for reliable people to hire. In this day long course, participants will learn the essential skills needed to become a production assistant, a entry-level position that is the first step to becoming a film professional.

IFP Chicago & Free Spirit Media Pathways are linking up to offer this exclusive workshop lead by Anthony Cabral, a working Assistant Director and Director’s Guild of America member. The small group workshop is a fast-paced, hands-on introduction to the skills and information needed to get a job as a production assistant. Additional speakers will share tips on succeeding in a variety of situations from reality shows to indie films to broadcast series.

The workshop will cover:

  • Set protocols

  • Film Set “Lingo” 

  • Essential Tools (How to build a kit)

  • Walkie etiquette

  • Lock-downs and dealing with the public 

  • Paperwork

  • Set Safety

  • How to find work, get hired and keep getting hired. 

  • And common mistakes of Rookie PAs . .. that you will never make.

The cost of this workshop includes seven hours of instruction and lunch. Limited Spots Available. RSVP today! 

Still in school? Special student rates are available for students, Free Spirit Media Pathways participants, and IFP Chicago Student Members. Email organizer for details. 



How can I contact the organizer with any questions?


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is a free parking lot on the lot. You will receive further instructions upon registration. 

Is there a discount for students? 

Yes, you must email the organizer with your request. 

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?


Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes, you must notify the organizer 24 hours before the event. 

What's the refund policy?

You can request a refund within 24 hours of purchasing your ticket.