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Local 33 – June 2024 Report

Local 33 is committed to enhancing workplace safety and skills development through a variety of educational training initiatives.We offer a wide range of training courses aimed at equipping our members with essential skills. The classes listed below are just what I can see being offered on our training calendar for the previous and current month.

  • Fall protection
  • Up rigging and down rigging
  • Beginner intro to Rigging
  • Board operator levels 1 through 4
  • Mewp and Forklift training
  • OSHA 10 and 30 certifications
  • Portable power/generator

Our training initiatives have had a profound impact on workplace safety and efficiency. Members have reported increased confidence in handling equipment and executing tasks safely, contributing to reduced accidents and improved productivity.

Looking ahead, we are hoping to create a YouTube channel or something like it featuring short, informative tutorial videos. These videos will serve as a valuable resource, complementing our traditional training programs and reaching a broader audience interested in workplace safety and skill development. We are also working with Glendale Community College in hopes of having another training facility to get our members hands on while training other students about the business. Something very similar to the Hollywood CPR program.

The majority of our training initiatives are funded through the Training Trust Fund, supplemented by contributions from employers as per contractual agreements. This financial support enables us to continually enhance and expand our training offerings. We are proud of the collaborative spirit within Local 33, with fellow members actively involved as proctors for various training classes. Their dedication and expertise play a crucial role in the success of our training programs.

In conclusion, Local 33 remains dedicated to fostering a safe and skilled workforce through innovative training solutions. We look forward to building upon our achievements and expanding our impact in the coming years.


Local 705 - June 2024

Local 705 has spent the last two years developing a Comprehensive Training Plan to guide our education and training processes. Included in this is an overhaul of our outreach methods, orientation process, and membership process.

Our goal has been to eliminate systemic barriers and reframe how we think about recruitment. Instead of waiting till someone has individually found their qualifying days, we are encouraging prospective members to come to us and we will guide them to the best path for training and membership.

To do this, we are setting up a Training Board that will meet regularly and interview interested prospective members. This board will then give recommendations to the individual for a pathway to membership that’s suitable to their educational needs, economic status, and life situation. Prospective members will then be tracked and guided through the path they choose.

We have partnered with Reel Works and Hollywood CPR to provide training and roster placement paths. (Please see attached report from Valerie Laven-Cooper for more information about our program with Hollywood CPR.) Students interested or needing a college curriculum will go through Hollywood CPR, while those who are unable or uninterested in a college-like program will be able to get training through our program with Reel Works. Both of these are intended to work with the Working Intern program implemented by the 2021 Basic Agreement.

Local 705 has already begun a pilot internship program with Netflix and is in discussion for the same with CBS, Paramount, WBD, and Disney.

Our Comprehensive Training Plan seeks to take multiple paths and coordinate them through the Training Board to make sure that someone interested in our career gets into the right path for them.

We have also received a grant through the State of California and the High Road Training Partnership of $108,000.00 over three years to develop practical programs to lead to a more diverse membership and lasting career success for BIPOC and other marginalized members.


Local 728 – June 2024

IATSE Local 728 places a high priority on the training and education of our members. With the constant evolution of lighting technology, we offer courses and training at our Hall for members at different stages of their career, or for those wishing to advance in their careers with new skill sets. Local 728 offers approximately 116 training classes for their members annually, covering such subjects as: Electricity 101, Light Plotting Software, DMX/Wireless Networking, training with various Lighting Consoles, Color Theory, as well as partnerships with various manufacturers to train on their unique lighting equipment. Of note, there are currently only 3 instructors in North America who are authorized by ASTERA to provide certified training on their products… two out of the three are Local 728 members!

Local 728 also encourages joint training sessions with other IATSE Locals; including ETCP study groups, and negotiation training, so that members have the tools and confidence to negotiate higher rates for themselves/their crews, and/or box rentals. Additionally, in light of the stresses that Covid and the 2023 Employer induced work stoppage placed on all areas of member’s lives, Local 728 had their Officers, Lot Stewards, and Office Staff take the Behind The Scene’s Mental Health First Aid course, to better serve members who may be experiencing crisis.


Local 665

We have held our EB meetings, GMM’s and committee meetings via Zoom, but have not done any real training other than teaching each other about sewing masks.

We are only now scheduling OSHA-10 GES classes for our members. We had several scheduled during the summer that we had to cancel.

We are very interested in any and all virtual training since remote learning is our thing. (We are in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, FYI).


Local 800

In May of 2020, we began offering educational events for our membership starting with talks from our industry colleagues: Naomi Rodda of the Motion Picture Television Fund (MPTF) and Vic Clement of The Society for Financial Awareness (SOFA) which provided helpful information to get members through the work stoppage. During that month, as we were building infrastructure, we began offering Art Department-centric classes and other events that were focused on the VR/AR pipeline using Unreal and Unity, including a demo from one of the Unity-based software companies.

By the end of May, we had held six educational events with over 700 instances of member participation. To facilitate growth, at the end of May one of our Staff members, Production Listings Administrator Sara Mata, was temporarily assigned to Education and Special Projects to help build this program.

In June, we continued building the program and the infrastructure. Associate National Executive Director dooner found a great tool for managing enrollments and reminders called RSVPify. (I highly recommend it and if you decide to upgrade to a full license and enter the code 4778280800513294251 you will get a 15% discount and a $15 donation will go to the MPTF) We added multi-session skills-building classes. Some of these classes were limited to 20 participants. We also began the Realtime RoundUp, a bi-weekly event with guests, demonstrations and discussion of developments in Realtime film production techniques. We executed 22 sessions with 2,400 instances of member participation.

During this building phase, Field Representative Andrew Stumme and Organizer Ron Allen lent their support by acting as hosts of the events. It gave them an opportunity to interface with the membership, address concerns and answer questions while facilitating each event. Their participation has had positive effects as they are returning to the field. Members recognize them from the classes and are more comfortable talking with them about their concerns.

July brought continued building, members teaching and vendor presentations, software instruction, and techniques for working at home. We added our first series “….For the Art Department” which included overviews of related software that members might consider adding to their work pipelines or being introduced to without requiring a large commitment. We executed 31 sessions with 2,700 instances of member participation.

August accomplishments included the beginning of a new series, two skills class that each had a waitlist of more than 100 members and our first joint event with another local. Working with one of our partners, California State University, Los Angeles, we began a new series called Visiting Scholars for the Visual Mind, a series of lectures by experts that would inform members about cultural, historical or other relevant issues. The first speaker, Dr. Patrick Sharp, conducted a lecture on the First Women of Science Fiction which illuminated the struggle of gender parity while highlighting the development of Science Fiction themes and imagery which are both relevant to designers. Other scheduled topics include Criminalistics; Graffiti; Mexican Muralists and the Revolution; TV Science Fiction of the ‘80s and ‘90s; and a History of Graphic Design. More topics are in planning stages.

Two offered skills classes generated very long waitlists: Introduction to Blender and Modeling with SketchUp. We decided to run as many instances of those two-session courses as needed. We also executed our first joint event with another local. Working with Kelsey Harrop of Local USA 829, we held an event focused on technology for measuring locations culminating in a demonstration of the Matterport camera. We held 26 sessions with over 900 instances of member participation. As we shifted to more limited attendance skills classes, numbers naturally dropped.

In September we took a week off from executing events, giving us a chance to work on programming and other projects. Otherwise, we offered an Election Special event and continued with our various types of programming. We began running multiple classes with a 30 minute stagger start, effectuated by using a breakout room for one of the classes. Running two classes almost simultaneously maximized the use of staff time and allowed us to offer our events in a more compressed time. Even with the week break, we were able to execute 27 events with 930 instances of member participation.

So far October has seen some new class offerings, and the beginning of a shift from our usual schedule. In order to accommodate the needs of our membership, we created several “standard” class times: 10 and 10:30 am; 1:30 pm and 2 pm and 4 pm. As more members are returning to work, we are experimenting with other class times. We have also offered an evening class at 7 pm to determine effectiveness of that time slot and have gotten good response. We have also held one Saturday event, and have had a good response to it as well.

We anticipate offering more weekend and evening classes as well as including holiday themed events like Digital Pumpkin Carving, and Creating Animated Holiday Cards. We are sure to exceed 8,000 instances of member participation by the end of the month.

We advertise our Education Events to the membership with an eblast on Thursday morning listing the events the next week. Each event has a unique link to use to register. That blast also includes a sneak peek of the next week’s events and other education information that we determine may be of interest. The blast is then repeated on the Monday starting that week’s education events. Most education events are offered Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The day before a course, participants are sent credentials and other instructions. A reminder is sent approximately two hours before the event begins.

Our established format is a 90-minute Zoom session with a five minute break about half way through. The 90-minute format is, by consensus of educators, the optimum duration for an online class. We use the standard Zoom format (not the webinar) to encourage interaction between the participants and bring members in through a waiting room. A host opens the Zoom 30 minutes prior to the event to allow for some socializing and networking, and there is a 30-minute block after the class to allow for extended length and Q and A sessions. Our hosts have included Production Listings Administrator Sara Mata, Field Rep Andrew Stumme, Organizer Ron Allen, and myself.

Additional benefits to the members and the Local were realized from this program. We found having a dedicated host along with the instructor offered us time to connect with members, answer their questions and address their concerns. It has proved valuable in the field as our field rep and organizer are returning to in-person contact with the membership. Members are more comfortable with Andrew and Ron as they have “met” them in the virtual space and recognize them as colleagues. The informal structure also provided numerous opportunities to get input from the participants which helped shape the program dynamically, giving impetus to different activities and topics that were deemed most beneficial.

A recent request to the membership for feedback on the program confirmed the effectiveness of the education events program. Members related their enthusiasm and gratitude. As one Member wrote:

“I cannot begin to express how critical the classes you organized for us to take throughout the summer and into the fall have been for me personally…The opportunity to refresh my skills, learn new ones, learn from colleagues, was an outstanding experience. I learned volumes and the classes gave me something to look forward to. As the lockdown wore on, I was becoming more depressed, especially in August, and having classes to look forward to Tuesdays through Thursdays kept me productive and optimistic. Also - and this was critical as the months passed - even if we didn’t chat, because we were all listening to the information being taught, it was comforting and fun to see the faces of my colleagues, in the same boat as I was, making my shutdown experience less alone. I cannot thank you and the ADG enough for making ALL of these happen.”

National Executive Director Chuck Parker concluded: “The amount of comfort and socialization that the education program provided our members in a time of extreme uncertainty, fear and isolation cannot be overestimated.”   

In Kinship,
Casey Bernay
Director of Education and Special Projects
The Art Directors Guild
IATSE, Local 800

List of Educational Event Topics (Some executed multiple times)

  • Affinity Designer for the Art Department
  • Almost Everything You Wanted to Know About Backings - Part 1 and 2
  • Architectural Hardware
  • Architectural Moulding
  • Backings, Backdrops and Translights - Past, Present and Future (Drop Shop Digital)
  • Beyond Google: Tips and Techniques for Visual Research
  • Beyond the Tape Measure Photogrammetry, Lidar, Matterport with 829 (Matterport)
  • Blender Basics
  • Blender Basics Continuation
  • Blender for the Art Department
  • Blender Project Learning 1
  • Blocking and Staging for Film, Television and Streaming
  • Budgeting & Scheduling Q&A
  • Budgeting and Scheduling for Construction
  • Budgeting and Scheduling for the Art Department
  • Camera Lens Basics for the Art Department - Part 1 and 2
  • Collaborative Virtual Production
  • Creating a Spotting Plan in Vectorworks via File Referencing
  • Creating Custom Textures from Scratch in Vectorworks
  • Custom Title Blocks in Vectorworks
  • Election Special Event
  • Export CNC/3D Printing
  • File Sharing Working in a Mixed User Art Dept.
  • Financial Fallout
  • First Women of Science Fiction (Visiting Scholars for the Visual Mind)
  • Fuhgetabout Location Work ... We''re Gonna Build It On Stage Now
  • Houdini for the Art Department
  • How to Basics - Maya for the Art Department-2
  • How To Get The Most Out of The ADG Website
  • In Depth with AmbientOcclusion and Photoshop
  • Intro to Illustrator
  • Intro to Illustrator Continuation
  • LED Panels and your projects (Volt Lite)
  • Mastering Renderworks Cameras & 3D Navigation in Vectorworks
  • Maya for the Art Department
  • Modeling with Sketchup
  • MPTF and You
  • Photoshop Tips and Tricks
  • Political Action in the Time of Covid
  • Realtime for the Art Dept.
  • Realtime Round Up
  • Rendering for Presentation
  • Rhino to Unreal and Back: Unreal Set Designer Work Flow
  • Substance Designer for the Art Department
  • Tax Impact of Working from Home
  • The Essence of Organizing
  • The Language of Film Drawing with Cate Bangs
  • Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Working from Home Panel Discussion- Part 1 and 2
  • Unleashing Unity's Real Time Tools for the Art Department
  • Unreal Art Department Class
  • Unreal Art Department Overview
  • Unreal Storyboarding
  • Vectorworks
  • Working From Home: A Guide to Thriveability

Local 839

I’m pleased to share that Local 839 and Women in Animation are collaborating in support of working caregivers. Our first outreach campaign launched on Mother’s Day 2020.

We shared resources and ideas to support our families during the pandemic: https://animationguild.org/how-to-support-working-mothers-during-covid-19/. We have job-skills training on our website: https://animationguild.org/skills-training/ And, most recently, we have shared resources relating to diversity, inclusion, and awareness: https://animationguild.org/listen-learn/

The Animation Guild, Local 839, is comprised of multiple crafts, represented by craft committees. Internally, our various craft committees host seminars and panels on topics relating to their crafts. These include “Supervisor School” by the Storyboard Craft Committee and “Fireside Chats” by the Writers Committee. Prior to the pandemic, our Family and Membership Committee hosted “Playdates in the Park” to encourage Guild families to stay connected and build community. We've now begun hosting family-friendly virtual gatherings, including an “Animal Draw-Along”and a Caregivers Support Group. We continue to host virtual webinars and Lunch and Learns on meaningful topics such as “Ergonomics for Animators” and “Negotiations.” Throughout the pandemic, our president has hosted Friday lunchtime office hours, during which various topics have been open for discussion in an informal virtual setting.


Local 871

This year, Local 871 started a weekly email “The 871U Dispatch” This is in addition to our bi-weekly e-blasts so members can separate anything education-related from general union information. Also, it was better to have a separate email because we were getting so many updates from the CSATF funded 5-star classes. The 5-star classes are funded by Contract Services (CSATF), administered by EIDO, and held at Los Angeles Figurative Art Academy (LAAFA).

Our membership is a combination of rostered members (Script Supervisors and TelePrompTer Operators), non-rostered recognized members, (Art Coordinators, Production and Assistant Coordinators, Script Coordinators and Writers Assistants) and the Production and Assistant Production Accountants who are not recognized in the Basic Agreement and therefore don’t qualify for CASTF classes.


871U Dispatch

We list weekly free classes and events for members as well as providing something for kids at home during the pandemic, general entertainment, culture, and lectures through partners like LAAFA, and free online education sources like Harvard and Yale. Some are available on YouTube and others are from organizations like live stream and virtual concert events from Billboard: https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/9335531/coronavirus-quarantine-music-events-online-streams.

There are also education events for adults like The Harvard Principles of Negotiation: https://youtu.be/RfTalFEeKKE or finding tips and tricks for software our members use like Excel and Word.

We keep reminder links up for LinkedIn Learning and a link to our password- protected website to our history of recorded seminars.

Other resources include:


Local 874

Up until COVID-19, we at Local 874 were holding many classes for our membership. We had beading, house head, steward and payroll training class, film classes along with a first aid class and a dyeing class scheduled that unfortunately had to be canceled. Since the onset of COVID, we have held our general membership meetings and Executive Board meetings via Zoom. Our Health and Safety Committee is meeting monthly. We formed an Intersectionality Committee that meets monthly.

We have more ideas related to education for our membership and hopefully they will come to fruition.

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