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The PA Academy - Fall 2014

  • PC&E 2235 Defoor Hills Road Northwest Atlanta, GA, 30318 United States (map)

Georgia Production Partnership, in association with the Atlanta Film Festival and Production Consultants & Equipment (PC&E), are proud to present The PA Academy.


What: (2) 12-Hour Workshop Days (see below)
When: November 15-16, 2014 | 8AM to 8PM

Location: PC&E (Overflow parking along DeFoor Hills Rd)
Cost: $150 Non-Members | $120 GPP & ATLFF Members
Registration Deadline: November 10, at Midnight

Lunch provided by Fresh World Cuisine and Epting Events. Space LIMITED.


This two day, bootcamp-style Production Assistant workshop is perfect for those just starting their career as a PA as well as those looking to advance their knowledge of what it takes to succeed as an office or on set production assistant working on commercials, industrials, music videos, independent films, television series and studio features.

Training includes but is not limited to:

  • Production terminology and paperwork

  • Film crew titles and job descriptions

  • Set etiquette - Dos and Don'ts

  • How a typical day proceeds

  • Locking up the set

  • Setting background

  • Walkie protocol, terminology and sign out (Walkies provided by Set Supplies)

We discuss must have PA gear and kits, and provide hands-on equipment training, resume tips and where to find experience as well as paid work. Learn how successful office and set PAs as well as DGA assistant directors got into the business, what they look for when they hire PAs, their tips for success, and how to avoid their pet peeves. This bootcamp simulates a typical day on set to prepare new PAs for their first job, and more experienced PAs the knowledge and training they need to up their skills and compete in the fast paced and growing Georgia film industry.


Producer Linda Burns runs the Academy with the help of Georgia's best DGA AD's and Office and Set PAs working full-time in the industry. For questions regarding this workshop, contact Linda with PA ACADEMY in the subject line.


"I have never attended a workshop that was more thorough and comprehensive. Your sharing of your knowledge and experience was invaluable. Each speaker brought another facet of the movie business into focus. I learned more about the industry and movie making process in two days than in years of research." - Kim

"I just want to say thank you for a very informative and exciting PA Academy. I really appreciate you and your guests for giving me a better understanding about being a PA and how the film production process works. Your candor and honestly made me laugh and help me forget about the discomfort in my knees (from all that standing)." - Nathan

"I find being on set is a lot of hard work and always long hours but I genuinely enjoy myself every single time. The PA Academy was an invaluable stepping stone for me so, a million times, thank you." - Krystle

"I've worked four jobs now in the office and on-set and I am IN LOVE with PA work and production life in general. Every time I set foot on-set PA's with more experience than me are asking questions and looking to me to take the lead because of all the knowledge and materials you gave us! Everyone on the crew is always shocked at how green I actually am. I cannot thank you enough for this head start, I finally found my niche in this world and can't wait to see where I end up!" - Lauren

Space is limited and the PA Academy will fill up!


Interested in registering for the PA Academy at a discount? Become a member of the Atlanta Film Festival today and, in addition to your member discount on this class, you'll also receive year-round benefits such as: invitations to advanced screenings, free tickets to special ATLFF screenings at The Plaza Theatre, a 20% discount on year-round screenings, events, and workshops, and much more! 

Plus, every membership comes with access to our annual 10-day film festival -- being held in 2015 on March 20th through the 29th! 

For more details regarding our membership and festival badge/card options, with a full list of year-round membership benefits, please click here. If you purchase a membership to receive a discount to the PA Academy, please email to receive your discount code.