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Getting a job on a IATSE Local 856 shoot (www.iatse856.com)

IATSE is a labour organization made up of more than 100,000 specialty artists, technicians and freelance craft workers across North America. In Manitoba, IATSE Local 856 currently represents crewmembers in over 20 categories.

What you should know about working in IATSE categories:

Your chance of being considered for work by any Department will be greatly increased if you have current production experience – preferably television, theatre, commercials, documentary, or independent production credits.

Permittees are dispatched when a position cannot by filled by a union member. IATSE has many permittees on their rosters, so it can take considerable time before you receive a call for work. It is your responsibility to keep your current address and telephone number on file. People without current information on file will be dropped from the roster.

Permittee applications can take up to six months to process. IATSE will notify you as soon as your application has been reviewed. Do not telephone and inquire about the status of your application.

First steps for IATSE categories:

  1. Visit the IATSE 856 website (www.iatse856.com) and download the Permit Info, Permit Application, and Permit Qualifications documents.
  2. Review the Departmental Qualifications Checklist for the Departments you’re interested in. You’ll have to submit a separate application for each department you apply to.
  3. Take the Set Etiquette / WHMIS courses.
  4. Prepare your resume and cover letter. Clearly list all film-related work, volunteer experience, education, and training, including work in theatre or television, if applicable.
  5. Fill out the Permit Application form.
  6. Mail / drop off your application package. Each application must include the following: current resume, completed Permittee Application form, a signed Department Qualifications Checklist, a snapshot of yourself for identification purposes, and the $50 processing fee.
  7. Stay connected with a cell phone or a pager. IATSE staff work their way down the roster until they talk to someone directly and fill the position. They may not leave messages.
  8. Do not contact productions directly. All calls for work must be through or cleared by IATSE. Failure to do so may jeopardize your future status with the union.

Getting a job in a position represented by DGC Manitoba (www.dgcmanitoba.ca)

The Director’s Guild of Canada is a national organization representing over 3,700 members coast to coast in the areas of Direction, Production, Art, and Editing. In Manitoba, the DGC currently represents crewmembers in the Production Office, Locations, and Assistant Directors as well as post-production staff including Sound and Picture Editors.

The first job in film for many people is in the Locations Department. On an average production, there are several Locations Production Assistants (or PAs), whose duties include everything from crowd control, security, locations clean-up, public relations, traffic control, and keeping crew members quiet.

If you have office or accounting experience, you may also consider applying for work as a Production Assistant (or PA) working in the Production Office.

What you should know about working in DGC Manitoba categories:

Production Assistant (or PA) is considered an entry-level position with the DGC (even if you’re ultimately interested in working as an AD or in the Production Office). Productions hire Locations PAs (i.e. to work on location) and Office PAs (i.e. to work in the production office) from the DGC Manitoba members in that category first, then permittees, then from the general public.

In order to qualify for Permittee status with the DGC, individuals must have completed the Set Etiquette course, worked a minimum of ten days on guild-sanctioned shoots, and submitted a resume to DGC Manitoba.

In order to qualify for membership, permittees must have completed the four other required courses (Locations/Flags, Intro to the Paper, Safety Awareness, Propane Safety), worked a minimum of 90 days on guild-sanctioned shoots, and submitted an application that includes an up-to-date resume.

First steps for DGC categories:1

  1. Prepare your resume and cover letter. Clearly list all film-related work, volunteer experience, education, and training, including work in theatre or television, if applicable.
  2. Visit the DGC Manitoba website (www.dgcmanitoba.ca) and click on the Productions > Current Productions to view the contact information for production office information.
  3. Fax / drop off your resume and cover letter. Do not call the office. If you choose to drop off your resume, be aware that everyone in the production office is extremely busy and will not have time to answer questions.
  4. Do not contact the DGC office until you are ready to apply for permittee status.

Getting a Job on a IATSE 669 shoot (www.ia669.com)

Individuals interested in working on a IATSE 669 shoot can apply for Membership or the Trainee Program.

The IATSE Local 669 membership is involved in all aspects of film and television that pertains to the camera.

In order to qualify for membership, applicants must meet specific department requirements.  The specific information can be found here:  IA669 Membership Requirements.

  1. Visit the IATSE 669 website (www.ia669.com) and download the Application Requirement Guideline and Application Form (www.ia669.com/join).
  2. Review the Departmental Qualifications Checklist for the Departments you’re interested in (i.e. DOP, Stills Photographer, Camera Assistant etc.)
  3. Take Set Orientation, WHMIS and Safety Awareness.
  4. Prepare your resume and cover letter. Clearly list all film-related work, volunteer experience, education, and training, including work in theatre or television, if applicable.
  5. Fill out the Application form.
  6. Mail / drop off your application package. The package check list can found at the bottom of the application form.

Member benefits:

  • paid overtime
  • contribution based Health & Welfare benefit plans
  • travel & per diem for distant location shoots
  • safety & health protocols

IATSE 669 also offers a Trainee Program which is designed to provide skills and on set experience that trains participants to ultimately become 2nd assistants in the Camera Department.  Application guidelines can be found here:  IA669 Trainee Program.