Friday, April 06, 2012

FITP is on for June 2012!

I took the classes in two years; I was in Sound in 2010 and Camera in 2011. Last summer I worked as the boom operator for a feature-length motion picture shot right here in Connecticut ("Isn't It Delicious").

Here's my daily photo journal of the 2010 Sound class!

The Connecticut Film Industry Training Program (FITP) will be held at Quinnipiac University in Hamden from June 4 to June 29, 2012. This is the fifth consecutive year that Quinnipiac has hosted the program.

Thanks to legislative appropriation and sponsorship by the Office of Workforce Competitiveness of the Connecticut Department of Labor, the FITP has recently been saved from what appeared to be an uncertain future.

The FITP currently has 421 graduate trainees and over 12,000 days of freelance work, paid and unpaid, internships, and deferrals. Last year, many FITP graduate trainees and over 25 interns worked on several features and television shows which shot in Connecticut. Many of our graduates have also found permanent jobs in the industry.

As in years past, only residents of Connecticut are eligible to apply. FITP courses offered this summer will be:
Assistant Directing
Location Management
Production Office Coordination
Script Supervision
Lighting and Grip
Props & Set Dressing
Due to a significant funding reduction, certain classes may be eliminated depending on enrollment. Applicants should bear this in mind and pay particular attention when choosing their alternate course selections.

For more information or to download an application to enter the 2012 FITP please visit and follow the prompts to “Summer Film Industry Training Program - Application.”

Applications are available ONLY on the above website and must be submitted by 5:00PM, May 31, 2012. Accepted applicants will be notified via email or telephone by June 1, 2012.

All applications for the Summer Film Industry Training Program must be submitted electronically, with $10 online application fee, by May 31, 2012.

Monday, April 02, 2012

Television Memories

Most of my childhood TV memories are contained in this video. My earliest recollections in this roughly chronological video start with Sandy Becker's "Hambone" appearance. I don't remember seeing Jackie Gleason until his variety show aired, although I'm sure I saw Honeymooners reruns by then.

True, they didn't mention F-Troop, Batman, or Get Smart, but they still showed a lot of great programs that I remember from my happy childhood. Bittersweet memories in a way, but only because those golden days of television are long gone.