Safety for Sarah PSA

On-set safety is critical, but it is often not given adequate attention. Please take a minute to watch this PSA created in the aftermath of the 2014 death of Sarah Jones, a young camerawoman who was hit by a train while setting up a shot on train tracks.




CAPITOL HILL (RVA) – Film Day at the General Assembly – Jan 29th 7:30am-noon

The VPA is once again hosting the annual Film Day on Capitol Hill — our opportunity to educate lawmakers about the importance of our industry for the state’s economy.  As the only organization in the state representing Virginia’s film and television production community, the VPA has been instrumental in securing critical legislation including film incentives that have been used to assist Virginia filmmakers and have helped to recruit numerous film projects to Virginia.


The Virginia Production Alliance will have a display area in the lobby of the General Assembly Building (GAB) which is where the senators, delegates and their staffs have their offices.  We will be spending the morning talking to people in the lobby, and will also visit the lawmakers and their legislative assistants.  This is a highly effective way to get our message across and can really have a positive impact.  If you’re apprehensive about talking to your lawmakers – don’t worry!  Most people are at first, but there will be experienced VPA members on hand to guide you through the process.


  1. Come to the General Assembly Building, located on the corner of 9th and Broad Streets in downtown Richmond.
  2. Park wherever you can – there’s on-street parking and several parking lots in the area. Parking in downtown Richmond is not easy, but it can be done.  The closest pay lots are on 8th and Grace Street and 7th and Marshall Street.
  3. Enter the GAB through doors facing the capitol. You will need to go through security so be sure to bring ID.
  4. The VPA area will be on your right – we’ll be the ones with Krispy Kremes and popcorn!



It would be helpful if you came knowing the names of your Senator and Delegate.  It’s simple to find this information on the General Assembly website at Or someone will help you find them when you arrive.

There are lots of statistics that show how important film production is to the state.  We’ll provide those for you, and we’ve also made sure all the lawmakers have them too.  For example, the industry employs more than 2000 Virginians and has an economic impact of $384 million. The first season of TURN had a total economic impact of $58 million and is back shooting season 2.  We are known as a great place to film – but we need incentive funding to be competitive.

However – as compelling as the statistics are, we have heard from our lawmakers that personal stories are even more persuasive.  Please think about how working in the film industry has impacted you personally and the people and businesses around you.  Do you want to work in Virginia because your family is here?  Are you a student who wants to stay in your home state to work?  Does your work benefit local businesses like caterers, antique stores, hardware stores or rental companies?  How?  These kinds of stories can really resonate with lawmakers.


The message is simple. We are grateful for the support the General Assembly has shown in the past for film incentives and our industry. Film incentives have helped us to bring such important projects to the state as Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, National Geographic’s Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy, Big Stone Gap in Wise County, Wish You Well in Giles County and Captain Phillips in Hampton Roads in addition to numerous in-state film and commercial projects. Currently the state is interested in series television production like TURN: Washington’s Spies and the upcoming Civil-War themed PBS series because these kinds stay longer and hire more Virginians than the typical film projects.  The bottom line – film and television production is a growth industry, and Virginia is poised to become a larger player.  Incentives will help to make that happen.


YORKTOWN – Actor’s Workshop: Premier Training with Aaron Jackson – Jan 31st & Feb 1st – FEE

Come study with Celebrity Acting Coach/Director, AARON JACKSON. Learn who you are in front of the camera, improve your audition technique, and understand character breakdown as well as monologue and scene prep. You’ll gain confidence, experience and valuable knowledge as an actor.

Our first workshop of the year is scheduled for Yorktown, VA; Jan 30th-Feb 1st. This small personalized class is focused on TV/FILM with individualized instruction and on-camera technique.

The workshops will focus on the following areas: perception, character building, playback review, improve, and how to market oneself as an actor.

Register with PROMO CODE: YOR131 and SAVE 10%.

Details and tickets can be found here.


Arvold’s “Taking the Next Step: Understanding the Value of a Talent Agent” this Saturday 1/31!

With the film industry in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast booming, presenting oneself as a professional actor is a mandatory part of landing auditions and booking roles.  Having strong, regional representation could take your career to the next level…and a key part of that success is knowing how to make that relationship as mutually beneficial as possible.


Please join us for a very special panel discussion

Understanding the Value of a Talent Agent

Some of the most prominent East Coast agents (from New York to Atlanta) will discuss their role in the film and TV industry, how they interact with regional casting directors and how they find talent.  They will answer your questions and discuss industry standards and trends…and may even share some secrets!  Moderated by casting director/producer Erica Arvold, CSA.

Click here to see Erica talk more about the event!


The discussion will focus on both adult and child actors, including:

  • What can an actor do to help their agent land more auditions for them?
  • When should an actor look for a coach or instructor?
  • How do NY or Southeast agents work with regional casting directors?
  • What do agents look for in child actors?
  • What can an actor who wants to take their career to the next level do to attract an agent?
  • How do talent agents and managers work together?
  • Can a Mid-Atlantic actor really book a role on an Atlanta or a NY based project?

The panelists are:

  • Samantha Stoller, Abrams Artists
  • Susan G. Reid, Atlanta Models & Talent
  • Rusty Wiggs, Artist Resource Agency
  • Alexander White, Alexander White Agency
  • Kecia Michelle, JTA Talent
  • Terri Dollar, Kids Unlimited
  • Susan Tolar Walters, STW Talent


Collectively, these agents represent talent that have booked principal roles in hundreds of feature films, including Forrest Gump, The Blind Side, Dallas Buyers Club, Iron Man 3, The Color Purple, We’re The Millers, Prisoners, The Hunger Games, Selma, A Walk In The Woods, Ant Man, Fantastic Four, Lincoln; their collected TV credits include The Walking Dead, Homeland, Nashville, One Tree Hill, Eastbound and Down, Under The Dome, The Vampire Diaries, Drop Dead Diva, andAmerica Horror Story.

This panel discussion is open to all levels of experience, to actors, managers, coaches, and industry professionals alike!  If you have an interest in the actor’s side of the business, are represented currently, or just starting out, we encourage you to come join the discussion.


The panel discussion will be followed by a meet & greet at a nearby location.

Tickets are $45 in advance (through January 30) or $55 at the door**.



CCWA Hosting Film Industry Training Classes this Spring! – RICHMOND

In partnership with the Virginia Film Office and the Virginia Production Alliance, Film Industry Training (FIT) provides practical training for entry level Production Assistant positions. This valuable training will allow you to work confidently on the sets of commercials, television shows, net media projects, fashion shows, theatrical stage or movie sets. Participants will learn on-set etiquette and protocol from seasoned filmmakers.

Read more about this training in a press release from Virginia Governor Terry McAullife.

Read all about the classes and register:

See class information below or contact us for more information (804-523-2292 or

This two-day film industry training program is designed to provide beginning and advanced practical training for individuals seeking to become a Production Assistant, an entry level position that is the first step in the door of the film industry. Students will gain valuable knowledge and insight into the entertainment industry in this program. Participants have the option of attending Day One, Day Two, or both days. However, those attending Day Two alone must either have taken the Production Assistant Training Seminar in the past, or be able to demonstrate on-set experience.

This program will provide the tools required to be a success from the very first day on a film set.

Upcoming Film Industry Training Classes:

Day One: Introduction to the Film Industry

Day one is designed to provide practical training for those with lots of desire but little experience. Participants will learn the proper etiquette and procedures required from seasoned filmmakers to enable them to walk confidently onto any commercial, television, new media, fashion show, theatre, or movie set. The training for Day One will include:

  • Understanding the motion picture industry
  • Who’s who on a film set
  • Script breakdown
  • Film set language, protocol, and etiquette
  • Production paperwork overview
  • Production Assistant duties and responsibilities
  • How to get a job

Day Two: Advanced Film Industry

The advanced and intensive Day Two is designed for students with previous on-set experience who want to learn valuable time-saving skills when scheduling small, low budget projects to major motion picture standards for Assistant Directors, Production Managers, Coordinators, Producers and Directors. The training for day two will include:

  • Advanced production script breakdown
  • Creating and scheduling production paperwork
  • Breaking down the script
  • Naming sets and locations
  • Creating Extras Breakdowns
  • Shortcuts and “rules of thumbs” that will translate to an accurate overview of what is required to shoot within the budget.
  • Creating, naming, and track shooting Schedules, DOOD’s, One Liners and Cast Lists.



CENTRAL VIRGINIA – State of the Industry 2/12/15!

Central Virginia

Thursday, February 12, 2015

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Metro Productions

8570 Magellan Parkway

Suite 400

Richmond, VA 23227

The Virginia Production Alliance invites you to celebrate Virginia’s film and television production community in Central Virginia

Produced by the Richmond District of the VPA, this popular event is your opportunity to meet people and attend an informal trade expo featuring vendors who provide production related goods and services. Come meet your film industry colleagues while enjoying complimentary food, wine, beer and soft drinks.  Thanks to Metro Productions for hosting us again this year and to sponsors Oz Publishing and the Virginia Film Office.

Visit the VPA website or Facebook page for updates.

Map to Metro Productions

Virginia Production Alliance Website

Virginia Production Alliance Facebook Page


Final Act Drama Improvisation and Character Development Course – Starts Feb 3!

Final Act Drama presents:

Improvisation & Character Development Course

Screen Actor’s Toolbox Series

Starts February 3rd 2015

Tuesdays 6:30 pm – 8:30pm (5 classes)


Why do I need to Improv?  If you ever plan on auditioning for a role, it is essential.  Can you improvise a scene on the spot?  Can you be present in the moment and create an inspiring and spontaneous performance without a rehearsal?

Are you ready?

You know the lines, but do you know who your character is? 

Why do they do what they do and say? 

How do they feel and think?  What motivates them?

Do your face and body say the same thing that your lines do?

Tuition=$325.00 & $30 Registration fee

Classes held at Community Idea Station Studios

23 Sesame Street Richmond, VA 23235


804-858-3446  or register at


The actor’s responsibility is to create a real, believable, interesting character within the frame work of a scripted story.  Are you fully prepared as an actor to be the professional that directors rely on?  We film all exercises and scenes and playback your performance so you can see and improve your work.  A Digital Diary Download of our exercises and final project is included in the price for our students to put on their actor’s demo reel.                    


Taught by Actor / Writer / Director / Producer Russ Randall.  Actors from our courses have gone on to onscreen roles in major feature films, national and regional commercials, independent films as well as corporate training productions. 

Hosted at Community Idea Station Studios 23 Sesame Street Richmond, VA 23235



RICHMOND – Indiegogo Launch for “Vacuity,” Short Animated Film by VCU Film Senior

Erathos Productions presents “Vacuity,” a short animated film about a girl who gets sucked inside of her computer. Vacuity is the thesis film of Cristina O’Connell, a senior in the VCU Photography and Film department. Click the link to learn more about the project and how to get involved.



Statewide_Independent Film in Need of Musical Composer_Paid: $350

We are in need of a musician to score some original music for a local independent film. We are looking for R & B/Neo Soul, Jazz or Hip-Hop genre of music. If you can be versatile that’s great. All music must be original, no sample based music. Film is approx. 1hr30mins long. Compensation is $350 Please  submit resume and links to where your current or previous projects can be heard to


Washington D.C._WUSA TV Station Hiring Executive Producer

Executive Producer

WUSA is looking for an Executive Producer who can join our team of journalists.  Applicants must have major, breaking news experience, strong editorial judgment, newscast producing expertise and fully understand the needs of our audience across all our platforms. We are looking for someone who is committed to the importance of daily news as well as the lifestyle content that can make our shows interesting, relevant, memorable and energizing.  This position requires leadership, solid decision making skills and the ability to work well in a dynamic newsroom environment.  Successful applicants must submit a vision for news, writing samples and copies of full newscasts in which they were involved in the broadcast decisions.  Candidates must have social media experience and leadership in the digital content areas.

Position Summary

This position is responsible for managing the overall news coverage for on-air and online.  Includes planning, story selection, and execution of daily newscasts.


  • Plans coverage, story selection and ensures effective delivery of daily newscasts.
  • Manages the daily performance of Producers and their shows.  Supports producers by providing editorial skills, copy editing, creative production and storytelling skills.
  • Works with reporters on story concepts to execution.
  • Participates in daily editorial meetings.
  • Plans strategies for sweeps and key rating periods.
  • Assists News Director in communicating newsroom policy.
  • Manages schedules.


  • 5 years television producing experience; College degree in journalism or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in creative content production
  • Excellent people management skills.
  • Digital content skills in dot-com and social platform
  • Strong communication skills, conflict management and customer service skills.
  • Strong organizational skills in a fast paced environment and deadline driven environment.

Note:  You must apply online. Please upload writing samples and add demo web link to your online resume. Mailed-in demos and resumes will not be accepted.  Apply online here.

We are a drug free, EEO employer committed to a diverse workforce. We will consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, disability, education, political affiliation or veteran status. We solicit your assistance on this opening and future possible openings.


Washington D.C._The Washington Jewish Film Festival Hiring House Manager

The Washington Jewish Film Festival House Manager Position

The Washington Jewish Film Festival (WJFF) brings together over 15,000 people to watch contemporary, award-winning cinema from around the world that explores the full diversity of the Jewish experience and aims to expand audience perspectives.

In addition, the Festival exhibits entertaining and thought-provoking features, documentaries and shorts from around the world year-round at the Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater. Most screenings are accompanied by speakers including filmmakers, academics, and subject matter experts.

The WJFF is seeking several energetic, highly organized, and motivated team members to act as House Managers at venues around Washington, DC during the 25th Washington Jewish Film Festival. This year’s festival will take place February 19-March 1, 2015.

The WJFF House Manager positions are temporary, part-time, and hourly. There will be reimbursement for mileage and/or public transportation to and from venues and the DCJCC office. House managers will receive paid training prior to the festival and will work until the culmination of the festival.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Ticket sales and will call management
  • On-site volunteer management
  • Venue management; oversee screenings
  • Daily pickup and dropoff of box office materials at DCJCC

Skills Required:

  • Excellent customer service and communication skills
  • Detailed oriented and great problem solver

How to apply:

Please send a resume and short letter of interest to – No phone calls, please. Hiring will be completed in mid-January and done on a rolling basis.


Washington D.C._National Geographic Channel Hiring Executive Producer

Executive Producer (FNG0003757)


The Executive Producer is responsible for the development of programming and the supervision of that programming through delivery and broadcast. He/she must successfully collaborate with production companies to provide editorial guidance that enables producers to create compelling visual content with powerful storytelling, resulting in entertaining programs that meet/exceed ratings goals. He/she must protect programming investment dollars by making sure budgets are reasonable and that production companies deliver according to expectation.


  • Collaborate with producers to implement the Channel’s programming strategy during every phase of production:  pre-production, casting, scripting, rough-cuts, fine cut and final delivery.  The EP is the principle editorial voice on assigned projects and tasked with maintaining the Channel’s core values.
  • Create high quality, entertaining and engaging programming that exceeds ratings targets.
  • Collaborate with the internal development team in maintaining robust relationships with production companies in order to generate new programming ideas for the network.
  • Team up with the development department in reviewing and preparing select pitches for pre-greenlight and greenlight meetings and take the lead in renewal process for continuing series.
  • Work closely with Production Management to maintain highest editorial standards within budgetary requirements.  Provide timely feedback to production companies to maintain production schedule and to make sure all contractual obligations are met.
  • Deliver shows that are on budget and schedule.
  • Work closely with Research to increase TSV and ratings, coordinate with Marketing, Communications and Digital to provide necessary information and materials to drive ratings and advertising revenue.
  • Produce shows that are successfully marketed, promoted as well as provide ancillary content for website and other assets.
  • Foster respectful, collaborative and strong relationships with internal Channel staff and external producers and production companies.
  • Create a work environment that has open communication, trust, respect and honesty.


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum 3 years, high-level, supervisory editorial experience overseeing cable non-fiction program production for production company or cable network.

Division Description

Based at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., the National Geographic Channels US are a joint venture between National Geographic and Fox Networks. The Channels contribute to the National Geographic Society’s commitment to exploration, conservation and education with smart, innovative programming and profits that directly support its mission. Launched in January 2001, National Geographic Channel (NGC) celebrated its fifth anniversary with the debut of NGC HD. In 2010, the wildlife and natural history cable channel Nat Geo WILD was launched, and in 2011, the Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo was unveiled. The Channels have carriage with all of the nation’s major cable, telco and satellite television providers, with NGC currently available in over 85 million U.S. homes. Globally, National Geographic Channel is available in more than 440 million homes in 171 countries and 45 languages. For more information, visit

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status,protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected

Apply online here