Hey Detroit! Lights, Camera, Action


The movie industry is meaning big bucks for Michigan. Millions of dollars have been pumped into the state since the "Film Tax Incentives Program" went into effect last year.
We told you about a studio coming to Pontiac last week. That's going to mean thousands of jobs for the area.
"Action." That's probably the easiest word we know on a movie set. The rest, well, it's a language all its own.
Most of us know "grip" is when you have a firm hold of something. While gaffe refers to a mistake we made. However, both have different meanings on a set. You have the chance to learn that language while possibly starting a new career.
Mort Meisner is still in the television business, even though he is no longer a news director. The Detroit native represents reporters and anchors. Now, he's taking his act to the big screen.
Meisner and his business partner have formed a film school. They came with the idea last fall.
"We met with Hollywood executives, and what they told us is, Michigan has a lot of capable people, but, they're not trained."
Meisner's school will help train people for what they need to know for a career behind the scenes. Set building is in high demand. That's why Meisner is teaming with the Michigan Alliance of Carpenters.
"They have 4,000 of their 20,000 members in Michigan are laid off, and we're going to be training these people."
That's not all. The film industry is expected to create lots of jobs in our state.
"Approximately 20,000-32,000 over the next five years."
Meisner is ready to help train those people.
By the way, "Grip" in movie lingo is a film technician, while a "gaffer" is not a klutz, but, the head electrician.
Classes begin next month, and you can learn more about the film school through this link Click Here


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