Premier Partner

GPP, the Atlanta Film Society and Production Consultants & Equipment (PC&E) present The PA Academy


GPP/ATLFS present The PA Academy – Spring 2022

DATE: Sat, June 4th and Sun, June 5th
TIME: 8am – 6:30pm (minus 45 minute lunch)
COST: $125 non-members, $100 GPP/ATLFS members

The PA Academy was postponed until further notice due to Covid-19.

However, the DGA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE, Teamsters, and the Basic Crafts announced that they approved and adopted the Covid-19 Testing and Protocols developed with AMPTP to allow production to safely resume using the Safe Way Forward as the guiding document.

Based on that decision, The PA Academy will restart too, but using a different format. While production work can safely resume, the in-person bootcamp-style format does not meet CDC safety requirements.

The PA Academy is now an ON-LINE ONLY weekend workshop, with same high level of training and instruction. Happening over 2 – 10 hour days, this workshop will be smaller, and more intimate than usual for more individualized attention.

Start your career or improve upon your current skills in the industry with advanced knowledge. The PA Academy shows you what it takes to succeed while preparing you for your first day on set or your transition from a dayplayer to a core crew member. Whether you want to work as an office PA, set PA, or production assistant in another department, The PA Academy teaches you everything you need to know to feel confident in your ability to do the job. But this workshop isn’t just for PAs. It’s for anyone looking to break into the business from camera to G&E and wardrobe to craft service. All the same protocol, terminology, and hiring practices exist no matter where you start your career.

Training includes but is not limited to:

  • Production terminology and paperwork

  • Film crew titles, job descriptions, and hierarchy

  • Department duties and responsibilities

  • Office and set etiquette – Do’s and Don’ts

  • How a typical day proceeds – from commercials and music videos to features and television

  • Locking up the set, distribution, and petty cash

  • Walkie protocol, terminology, and sign out

  • Supporting your AD team

  • Kits and gear

  • Covid protocols

We share resume tips, what key crew members look for when they hire PAs, and how to interview. We discuss best networking practices, and where to find experience as well as paid work. We’ll explore the many entry-level PA positions available, the paths to different careers, and how your individual experience can influence your unique path to a career you may not even know exists.

All students who finish the two-day workshop will be included in a secret FB page that only these students and Producer Linda Burns can access for networking, job opportunities, internships, and mentorship. This workshop serves as a fundraiser for the Atlanta Film Society and Georgia Production Partnership, supporting education and outreach, and film tax incentive lobbying efforts.


Are you a DeKalb County resident? If so, you may be eligible for a scholarship provided by the DeKalb Entertainment Commission.

To qualify, submit a copy of your Driver’s License showing your DeKalb County residency (OR  current mortgage statement OR current rental contract) AND a current utility OR phone bill showing that address and your name. Once verified, a code will be provided to you to receive the reduced rate. Please click below button to apply for scholarship.

Info here.


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