BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – A graduation is taking place at Celtic Studios.

Five students from Baton Rouge and five from outside the Capital City are graduating this week.

The group of graduates comes from the Grip and Electric Class.

The Grip and Electric Class “provides workforce development for the local film industry.”

The film-industry workforce training is made possible with the help of The New Orleans Video Access Center and Local 478 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.

“Louisiana is one of the most sought after states for film and television. We want to diversify
the talent pipeline and get as many local people to work as possible. Many productions are
choosing Baton Rouge to shoot their films, and we want to make sure we are getting local
people trained and hired.. Participants are able to earn “days worked” towards IATSE 478
union membership, and NOVAC acts as a liaison between trainees and production
opportunities,” NOVAC Executive Director India King Robins said.

The Grip and Electric Class takes place over ten days at Celtic Studios.