For the past 4 years, Outside The Frame has hosted and led training sessions for the Oregon Media Pathways Program, collaborative effort led by the Oregon Governors Office of Film & Video (Oregon Film) in collaboration with the Oregon Media Producers Association (OMPA), IATSE Local 488, OTF and other stakeholders. The central goal has been to train and place folks from underrepresented communities in paid positions as Production Assistants (PAs) on professional film sets. Since 2019, OTF has trained 60+ people through the Pathways PA Training program, resulting in 46 different people placed as paid PA interns on 32 different episodic streaming shows, motion pictures and commercials produced by Paramount, Hulu, Warner Brothers, and Amazon, just to name a few.
In addition to being an integral part of Oregon Media Pathways, OTF has established a pilot mentorship program to provide participants with 6-month individualized support from industry professionals to further their careers. Thanks to the support of the Oregon Creative Opportunity Fund (permanent funding source through Oregon Film’s state incentive), both the mentors and the mentees will be paid a monthly stipend for their work together.
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