Click here for a printable pdf of the USA 829 | Fall 2019 | TRAINING SCHEDULE
INTERMEDIATE HAND DRAFTING WEEKEND | NEW YORK | November 16-17, 2019 2019
This class is intended to build on the 3-week course that was offered in the spring. Beginning students should reach out to the instructor in advance of the class to discuss their experience. Topics include: sketch drafting to scale, how to layout a drawing, title blocks, distribution, drawing indexes, door-window-hardware schedules, from elevations to detailing in appropriate scales. Returning participants will be asked to work from a reference photo. A small workbook of pencil work will be provided to prepare for Day 1. All of this will eventually relate to how one approaches drafting in CAD or VW. The focus will be on process, process, process. Barbra Matis, Instructor. Click here for application.
FINANCIAL PLANNING: TRANSITIONING TO MEDICARE | NEW YORK | November 16, 2019
Some of the most frequently asked questions from union members approaching retirement age concern the relationship between active union coverage and Medicare. This seminar is led by a representative from the National Benefit Fund and the Medicare Health Benefits Specialist at the Actors Fund Artists Health Insurance Resource Center to help entertainment industry professionals better understand how Medicare works. A representative from the National Benefit Fund will also be available to answer specific questions about our plans. There will be time for questions from members at the end of the class. Debbie Kraus & Scott Trivigno Instructors. Click here for application.
LETTERING FOR SCENIC ARTISTS | NEW YORK | December 7, 2019
This class will cover basic sign writing concepts beginning with layout and creating simple compositions. Basic letter forms such as Gothic (block), Roman, Script and “Casual” will be compared and contrasted. Proper paint consistency and how to load and hold a lettering brush properly will be demonstrated and the diﬀerent types of lettering brushes and various tools to use will be discussed. Participants will work on a paper “grocers” sign to practice layout and practical painting of the diﬀerent basic type styles discussed in the seminar. Mike Conlin & Jay Hendrickx, Instructors. Click here for application.
SHOP STEWARD TRAINING | NEW YORK | December 14, 2019
Stewards are union leaders who monitor the workplace and are the first to address the everyday problems that rank-and-file workers face. The legal rights of the union, stewards, and other rank-and-file employees come from a variety of different laws, statutes, and documents. Union stewards are protected by this very same act, and—like any other rank and file worker—they cannot be punished for assisting the union. This presentation will explain what is to be expected of an IATSE steward, and the essential qualities that a steward should possess. Bev Miller & Pat Landers, Instructors. Click here for application and here for a printable flyer.
CAMERA SCENIC SEMINAR | NEW YORK | January 25, 2020
The camera scenic is an essential part of a shoot crew in film and television production. This class, taught by experienced Local USA 829 camera scenics, will teach scenic artists how to be effective and resourceful in the role of on-set camera scenic. This course is designed to provide technical and practical knowledge for workers who wish to work as camera scenics in film and television. It will focus on communication on set and hands-on demonstrations of go-to mixes and materials with a focus on safety. Cathy Nasch & Jessie Walker, Instructors. Application coming soon.
AFTER EFFECTS: DESIGNING COMMON PROCEDURAL ELEMENTS | NEW YORK | February 15, 2020
The class will serve as a review of the basics of After Effects but assumes that attendees have prepped by reviewing suggested tutorials and sample projects. The class will review the basics of the workspace, compositions, basics of animation and layer styles. Participants will tackle several common projects including basic hacking screens, map scans and lower thirds. The session will conclude with a review of elements of good output and housekeeping for optimum workflow with post and playback. Katya Austin & Conor Fitzgerald, Instructors. Application coming soon.
FOAM CARVING & COATING | NEW YORK | March 8 & 15, 2020
Foam carving is a cost-effective, durable, lightweight and versatile material used for a variety of custom structural applications in the entertainment industry. This class will begin with a slides and a lecture about tools and materials. The relative merits of aqua resin, fiberglass embedded polyester, epoxy resin, rim spray, Foamcoat, plaster, cheesecloth, Jaxsan and joint compound will be discussed. Participants will choose from pre-made pounces of varying complexity to create a 12”-18” carved foam medallion finished with tinted Foamcoat. Peter Miller & Cheryl Stewart, Instructors. Application coming soon.
LIFT TRAINING | NEW YORK | March 14, 2020
This course covers Aerial Work Platforms including Boom Lifts, Manually Propelled Lifts, and Scissor Lifts. It discusses responsibilities as a user and operator, conducting a pre-start inspection, conducting a workplace inspection, various types of equipment, preventing accidents and identifying hazards in operation. Teaching materials: Safety guidelines booklet and Course completion wallet card. Sunbelt Rentals, Instructors. Application coming soon.