Kingston-based Stockade Works — co-founded by actress and Dutchess resident Mary Stuart Masterson — is inviting Hudson Valley residents to apply for a “boot camp” training program for jobs in film and television production and post-production. The initiative is a partnership with HBO.
No experience is needed. And, those who complete the three-and-a-half day program in late February and early March could end up with a paid job working for HBO. The deadline to apply is Friday.
Some of the graduates will be picked for the premium channel's limited series production of “I Know This Much Is True,” starring Ruffalo, and others will be considered to work on other productions in the area.
Mark Ruffalo cheers on the crowd at a press conference for "Avengers: Infinity War" in Mexico City in April. (Photo: Marco Ugarte/Associated Press)
The boot camp represents an opportunity for the mid-Hudson Valley to grow the number of residents employed in film production, following a year in which the industry generated $28.9 million in direct spending, according to data from the Hudson Valley Film Commission.
In 2018, the region saw such notable names as Bill Murray, Elisabeth Moss, Emma Stone, Jonah Hill and Danny Glover film locally. "A Quiet Place," a horror-thriller starring John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, which filmed in Pawling, Beacon and New Paltz, was also released last April.
Director, writer, executive producer and actor John Krasinski, Emily Blunt and Noah Jupe on the set of "A Quiet Place" from Paramount Pictures. The movie was filmed in Dutchess and Ulster counties. (Photo: Jonny Cournoyer/Courtesy photo)
Dutchess Tourism President Mary Kay Vrba lauded Stockade Words and said the boot camp could have broad implications.
Film Dutchess, which operates under Dutchess Tourism, handles inquiries from production companies looking to film in the county; and then works with those crews that choose to make their movies here.
"One of the things that will help us bring more films here is to have a skilled workforce to work on those films," Vrba said.
The cost of the boot camp is $699 but full and partial scholarships are available to at least 50 percent of the applicants. Visit www.stockadeworks.org/crewbootcamps or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Full story from the Poughkeepsie Journal: https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/entertainment/2019/02/06/mark-ruffalo-hbo-dutchess-film-boot-camp-offers-job-training/2777801002/