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Do you want to start working in the Cleveland film industry?
GCFC President Bill Garvey, Production Manager Kate Amer, GCFC Production Coordinator Mike Wendt, and Production Accounting Assistant Carol Oppenheim will teach you everything you need to know to get your start as a Production Assistant!

January 29, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Metro Campus – Center for Creative Arts
John P. Murphy Main Stage Theatre
2809 Woodland Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
Free Parking is available in Lot 5, directly under
creative Arts building.
Open to anyone ages 18+
Thank you to our partners at Cuyahoga Community College for providing the venue and free parking.

COVID policy:
The college is requiring everyone to 
wear masks indoors while on campus.

Topics Covered in this workshop include:
  • How to structure your production resumé to stand out
  • Set hierarchy and job descriptions
  • Film set terminology, protocols, and etiquette
  • Interpreting industry paperwork
  • How to break down a script
  • Scouting film locations
  • Walkie talkie lingo and etiquette
  • Q&A



Bill Garvey, President of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, is a former motion picture & television location manager and scout with 26 years of experience. He recently won the Location Managers Guild International Award for best period location management for his work on the academy award winning Judas & the Black Messiah (Warner Bros, starring Daniel Kaluuya). His credits include White Noise (Netflix, starring Adam Driver), Hillbilly Elegy (Netflix, starring Amy Adams & Glenn Close), Fast & Furious 8: Fate of the Furious (Universal Pictures, starring Vin Diesel & The Rock), Captain America: Winter Soldier (Marvel Studios, starring Chris Evans), The Avengers (Marvel Studios, starring Robert Downey Jr), Shutter Island (Paramount Pictures, starring Leonardo DiCaprio), Spiderman 2 (Columbia Pictures, starring Tobey Maguire), National Treasure (Walt Disney Pictures, starring Nicholas Cage), The Manchurian Candidate (Paramount Pictures, starring Denzel Washington), and over 30 other feature films, as well as 4 seasons of The Sopranos (HBO, starring James Gandofini), 4 seasons of Law & Order (NBC, starring Sam Waterson & Jerry Orbach), a dozen other TV Shows, and dozens of national & local TV Commercials.


Kate Amer is a producer, AD, production manager, and production coordinator with over 25 years experience in the film industry. She has worked on films such as Syriana (starring George Clooney and Matt Damon), Stranger than Fiction (with Will Ferrell), The #23 (starring Jim Carey), The Soloist, Whip It ( Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut), The Avengers, Journey to the Mysterious Island (with Dwayne Johnson). She is a DGA first AD with years of experience in commercials and music videos. In 2012 Kate moved into Television production, producing shows for AMC including Turn: Washington’s Spies, The Son, NOS4A2, and most recently, The Walking Dead: World Beyond.

Mike Wendt is an award-winning director, producer, and location manager/scout. He currently is the Production Coordinator for the GCFC. He has worked on films such as Captain America: Winter Soldier, Fate of the Furious, My Friend Dahmer, and White Boy Rick. His first feature length documentary The End Of The World As We Knew It was a selection of the 33rd Cleveland International Film Festival and his short film Goodbye, Ohio played numerous film festivals.

Carol Maple Oppenheim is a retired local Production Accounting Assistant and GCFC Board Member. She worked on Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Marvel), The Kings of Summer, Jenny’s Wedding, With This Ring (Lifetime TV movie), and Survivor’s Remorse (Starz TV show).