Crooked Letter to host free Production Assistant training

Published 4:32 pm Tuesday, June 22, 2021

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NATCHEZ — Crooked Letter Picture Company is hosting free Production Assistant training for those interested in careers in Mississippi’s film industry.

Wednesday, June 23, is the deadline to register.

This event will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 26, in “the stage area” at Crooked Letter Picture Company, 101 High Street, in Natchez.

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All participants must be registered to attend.

Accommodations will be available at Magnolia Bluffs Casino Hotel at 645 S. Canal St. for $98 per night, June 25 and 26, using the group code “Crooked Letter.”

Items on the agenda for this free training include:

  •  Set etiquette 101
  •  Basics skills needed to work as an on-set production assistant
  •  How a film set works from first in to last out
  •  Understanding the various daily on set documents and paperwork
  •  Deep dive into movie lingo
  • Q&A with accomplished First Assistant Director and producer Cleta Ellington and production assistant Jared Jackson

Ellington, a Mississippi native, has worked with Church Hill filmmakers Tate Taylor and John Norris on the Natchez-filmed “Ma,” “Breaking News in Yuba County,” and “Get on Up,” as well as the television shows “Friday Night Lights,” “Grace and Frankie,” and “Filthy Rich.”

Ellington said the training would be “a freshman level course in filmmaking where one can learn set etiquette such as where to be and how to jump in and participate.”

“It’s basically an initiation into the movie industry,” Ellington said.

To register for the free training, visit