VAP/DRA Students Learn Etiquette

VAPFilm Set Etiquette, that is! Local filmmaker/actor and NEIT Digital Recording Arts (DRA) Technology graduate, Tom DeNucci, presented students and alumni with tips on what to do and what not to do as a production assistant on set. On Saturday, April 19th, Tom was at the East Greenwich campus along with a film crew that included assistant director, Jon Schermerhorn, also a New England Tech Video & Audio Production (VAP) Technology grad. Those who attended got real world advice from the pros and practiced making a good impression on set. Here’s what some NEIT students had to say. “It’s the little things that make a big impact on set,” stated Sebastian Cruz, a Quarter 3 VAP student. “What a great way to get your foot in the door,” according to Eric Rudman, a DRA Quarter 7 student.

Having worked as an actor/producer/director on films such as Self Storage and Inkubus, Tom will soon begin production on a new movie, Almost Mercy, a psychological thriller. He is shooting this film in Rhode Island and hopes that some of the students from the workshop will become production assistants on the film. “We may be PAs but we will be the best PAs on set. I learned so much,” stated Haley Dutra, a Quarter 7 DRA student.

Another key player, Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the RI Film & Television Office, opened the event and offered some sound advice on looking for work in the state. VAP and DRA students may contact him at the RI Film and Television Office to learn about job opportunities at steven.feinberg@arts.ri.gov, 401-222-3456, or www.film.ri.gov.

Special thanks to Tom Strolla, Professor/Department Chair, Video and Audio Production/Digital Recording Arts; Sally Kingsbury, Professor, Video and Audio Production/Digital Recording Arts; and Joan Segerson, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, for putting this workshop together to benefit our VAP and DRA students and grads.