Prairie Surf Media, a global production company that has made its home right in the heart of Downtown Oklahoma City, is bringing a wave of new job opportunities in the film industry to OKC. If you’re looking for a new career path or you’re interested in film, now is your time to jump in!
OCCC has partnered with Prairie Surf Media to equip and train professionals to staff much-needed roles on new projects coming to Oklahoma. What jobs are they looking for? Everyone has a general idea of who works on a film crew: Writers, directors, cinematographers, and camera operators are all pretty familiar to us, but films need a lot more support to create Oscar-winning blockbusters, action flicks, rom-coms, indie marvels and cult classics. Regardless of scale, budget or distribution, every film ever made needs Grips and Electricians.
Grips are specialized as camera and lighting technicians. They work with non-electrical components of light and camera setups. Electricians work alongside Grips, usually under the Director of Photography, to devise and execute the lighting plan for each shot in the production.
Grips and Electricians are essential to creating award-winning cinematography, and we’re offering a new intensive course to turn you into an immediately-hirable Grip or Electricians. OCCC’s new course gets you trained and ready to immediately enter the film production workforce in five weeks, and the course is taught by two of the best in the biz.
“The instructors — Steve Mathis and Jon Shryock — are the go-to professionals for outside production companies wanting to hire grip and electric crews for movies made here in Oklahoma,” said Sean Lynch, President of the board of Film Education Institute of Oklahoma and an instructor for the Digital Cinema Production program. “Students will be trained by the Gold Standard in the grip and electric world, the very professionals being consulted for job referrals by producers, production managers, and production companies.”
The course will prepare students to enter the workforce as highly-trained entry level Grips or Electricians in the film industry. Instruction will cover basic and advanced Grip and Electric terminology and skills, in a hands-on, simulated film set environment. Course graduates will be certified in both Scissor Lift and Condor operations.
The first intensive begins on Monday, January 3, 2022.
Class will take place at OCCC’s Capitol Hill Center, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for five weeks straight.