The 2019 FILMCollective Apprenticeship
In 2019, we launched a new initiative to support the professional development of young women filmmakers, the FILMCollective Apprenticeship. The Female-Inspired and Led Media (FILM) Collective Apprenticeship is a new opportunity for young women filmmakers to gain experience on film sets in Austin, Texas. Selected participants will contribute to local film productions by attending pre-production meetings, shadowing professionals on set, and joining test screenings. In addition, each participant will receive a stipend funded by donations to the nonprofit organization, Moving Image Arts & Education.
Meet the 2019 FILMCollective Apprentices
“I still aspire to be a director and had prior interest in cinematography, but being on this set made me realize that I'd also be interested in production design. In the future, I want my work to correctly represent the black community and the female community and not just depict one stereotype like we see on the screen today. I want to be able to share experiences of what its like to be a black female in America and be able to tell other people's stories as well so that minorities and females can see themselves correctly portrayed in the media. Through film, I want to be able to accomplish these goals as well as raise awareness and omit as much cultural ignorance as I can.”
“I wanted to be on the set of a real movie so that I could get a feel of what it would be like to be on a set in the future. I still have my dream of becoming the best DP ever. Learning how every part of the camera and light departments work will be my goal. I plan to attend UH to further my education in filmmaking.”
“Ever since I realized I wanted to pursue film as a career, I have been seeking opportunities to add to my film production experience. This apprenticeship interested me because I have never been a part of a professional film crew before. It was eye-opening to see so many different people doing many different jobs simultaneously and being so knowledgeable about their fields.
I have loved being on set more than I can even describe. The hurry up and wait hustle and bustle of production is absolutely intoxicating and I want to be able to get as much experience as I can. I also have been on enough sets to see the imbalance of genders and working with hardworking women would be absolutely incredible. I was also excited to work with powerful women for a change. I feel like I got to see a very unique director-DP relationship. I also got to see a new approach to directing that I loved!”
“I believe this program will help me learn how to speak up for myself and how to take initiative as a woman in the film industry. I also learned all the responsibilities of a script supervisor and how much collaboration there is between each department on set. I was taught how to mark up a script and everything I need to keep track of as a script supervisor while on set.”