It was a typical late June afternoon in Riverchase, a bustling community in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover. With temperatures climbing steadily toward the nineties, traces of future storm clouds began to dot the far horizon.
A group of trucks were parked just outside the Rooms To Go store on Chapel Lane and a steady stream of people had been ferrying equipment in and out of the building all morning long, the telltale indication of an active commercial shoot.
A number of the shooting crew from Atlanta had arrived in town the previous night and the Key Grip, Roger Sherer, was animatedly telling his friends about a local restaurant he’d found that featured great food and live music. A musician himself, Roger wanted to get a group together and (more…)
This month Local 479’s Education department welcomed on board its first dedicated administrative assistant, Felicia Smith. The continuing growth of the local’s education and training programs and an upcoming expansion of the education facilities prompted this staff addition, and Felicia’s strong administrative experience will allow her to (more…)
In yesterday’s General Membership meeting the local debuted a new members-only video portal called “Channel 479”. This new service is part of a long-term strategy for expanding Local 479’s education program for all covered crafts, ensuring that new generations of technicians are taught best practices by leaders from their departments. In addition to training and educational videos, Channel 479 will provide news from the President, the Business Agent, and (more…)
Director of Education Kevin Amick wants to remind members that they are eligible to take the first two modules offered under the Safety Pass system:
A and A2 Safety Pass courses are now online and ready for your application. This training is provided to you at no charge and upon completion you will receive a Safety Pass Card for these courses. Just follow the directions and submit your application today.
– Kevin Amick
A: GENERAL SAFETY TRAINING/INJURY AND ILLNESS PREVENTION PROGRAM (IIPP)
This course explains safety orientation, employee/employer rights and responsibilities, hazard communications, use of personal protection equipment, proper lifting techniques, emergency action procedures, and general production safety procedures. The course takes an average of one hour to complete. You do not have to complete the class all at once.
A2: ENVIRONMENTAL SAFETY
This course covers a wide range of subjects, including studio lot & location safety, heat illness, severe weather, disaster/emergency response, environmental awareness, transportation of dangerous goods, electrical safety, and workplace cleanliness. The course takes an average of three hours to complete. You do not have to complete the class all at once.
The Safety Pass Program was conceived by the Motion Picture and Television Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee as a means of addressing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (“OSHA”) requirements that employees be trained (and the training documented) in the safe use of equipment and work practices on their job. Because of the freelance nature of many motion picture and television assignments, the Safety Pass Program provides valuable assistance in meeting the training needs of the Industry by (more…)
On Super Bowl Sunday, February 5th , Local 479’s Vice President and sound mixer, Whit Norris, moderated “The Business of Sound”; a day long seminar designed to explore a variety of business matters unique to the sound department. Thanks to our state’s busy production market Whit was able to reach out around Atlanta to assemble an impressive cross-section of people who work in (more…)
This 3 hour class is designed to provide members who are working as medics with a broad foundation of knowledge, tips, and techniques to enhance their job performance and ability to be hired. Attendees will review general set etiquette as well as the specific responsibilities and behavior expected of medics, including a discussion of the unique conditions that “on production” and “off production” medics will be expected to (more…)
Motion picture and television production often entails the use of mechanical equipment designed to provide access to inaccessible areas, often elevated above the ground. Widely used by a variety of variety of departments, these Aerial Work Platforms (AWP) can be dangerous if used improperly and the IATSE Local 479 Education Department strongly encourages its members to complete this course to foster greater safety in the (more…)
This is an overview of the classes that Local 479 currently offers for a concentration in the Construction Department. Please note that new classes may be added to this list at any time and class descriptions, curricula, and objectives are subject to change. Additional “one off” classes, seminars, and workshops may not be listed here, so members are advised to monitor emails from the Local’s Department of Education. (more…)