Production Assistant Training Seminar Coming to Boise

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Boise's film industry will be getting a shot in the arm this fall. Production Assistant Training Seminar LLC (P.A.T.S)—a Saskatchewan, Canada based program—is partnering with Boise State's Extended Studies Department and the Idaho Film Office for a three-day production assistant training at the Boise campus Friday, Nov. 1-Sunday, Nov. 3.

The $125 seminar, now in its third year in the Treasure Valley, "includes practical instruction for individuals seeking entry-level jobs as production assistants on local film, television, commercial and new media productions" according to the seminar's website. Instructors Ken Chaplin and Ben Shedd are seasoned veterans in the film industry, working on such films as Ride With the Devil and The Thin Red Line.

Additional curriculum about what it takes to pursue an assistant director standing in the industry will also be added this year, at the request of the Idaho Film Office. Peg Owens, marketing specialist for the Idaho Department of Commerce, is thrilled to see this skill upgrade opportunity coming to Boise.

"Kenny Chaplin is the best person I know of to teach an overview of the film industry in a weekend" said Owens.

Interested parties can register through the Boise State University Extended Studies site.