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Cherokee Nation Film Office Prepares Indigenous People for Growth in Film Industry

TULSA, Oklahoma. – The Cherokee Nation Film Office and the Oklahoma Film & Television Academy are teaming up to help educate Native American students to prepare as the industry continues to thrive in Oklahoma.

The Tribe Film Office recently sponsored and hosted OFTA’s Set Ready Course at the Cherokee Nation’s COVID Response Virtual Soundstage. Thanks to CNFO scholarships, Native American students took the course for free.

“Oklahoma’s film and television industry continues to grow at an exceptional rate,” said Jennifer Loren, director of the Cherokee Nation Film Office and Original Content. “We are proud to continue our mission to increase the representation of Native Americans in film and television by helping to educate, prepare and connect tribal citizens for the great jobs and incredible opportunities available in these industries. “

This month’s Set Ready course, which included a specialized program focused on current COVID security practices on sets, marks the first formal training program offered in person on the Cherokee Nation soundstage. It is also the first OFTA-led course held in northeast Oklahoma.

“Not only was Cherokee Nation’s soundstage surprisingly impressive, but so were the participants in OFTA’s first Remote Set Ready course. television, ”said Kim Mott, unit production manager and OFTA instructor. “There is a long tradition of imparting knowledge in the industry, and I have been happy to do so with these students of all ages from a variety of professional backgrounds. I can’t wait to see where this takes them.

The program provides a basic understanding of the skills and knowledge required to work on a film and television production. The course guides students through a hands-on learning experience and covers production assistant duties, call sheets, scripts, filming schedules, film crew titles and tasks, radio procedures, set anatomy and equipment, production reports and more.

The Oklahoma Film & Television Academy was formed with a mission to develop a production-ready workforce to support Oklahoma’s film and television industry. OFTA offers many short courses for those looking to join the industry, as well as courses to help experienced filmmakers and filmmakers advance in their careers.

The Cherokee Nation’s COVID Response Virtual Soundstage comprises 27,000 square feet located on more than four acres within the Cherokee Nation Reservation. The Cherokee Nation Extended Reality Studio, or XR Studio, features both an LED wall and ceiling structure delivering cutting-edge content and capabilities using elements of augmented reality, mixed reality, and virtual reality to create a totally immersive.

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