FREE FILM TRAINING PROGRAM IN ON-SET SAFETY: The New Orleans Video Access Center will host film crew safety training Aug. 2-3 at Musician’s Hall, 2401 Esplanade Ave.

The training will be held in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy and the Louisiana Film and Entertainment Association, along with IATSE Local 478.

This is an OSHA 10 Safety Certification Workshop, designed to teach the basic safety protocol required by law to ensure the safety of every crew member on set. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. July 25.

The class will be taught by certified OSHA instructors who work in the Louisiana film industry and is designed to educate film trades workers, as well as producers, locations scouts and coordinators, production coordinators, and unit production managers on feature, television, and commercial film sets, locations and shops.

OSHA 10 Safety Certification Workshop is a free competitive program with limited enrollment. Individuals interested in attending can send their résumé to or via mail to NOVAC, 532 Louisa St., New Orleans, LA 70117.

“We’re happy to be providing essential training for Louisiana’s above-the-line and below-the-line film crews,” said Darcy McKinnon, executive director of NOVAC. “Given recent high-profile, on-set injuries and death on out-of-state film sets, we want Louisiana to be at the forefront of film production safety.”

“The city of New Orleans is committed to ensuring our local film productions benefit the community,” said Scott Hutcheson, of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy. “With the tremendous support of our partners, we look forward to continuing to build safe on-set work environments.”

For information, email McKinnon at or visit