Movie sets require a large staff to perform nuanced tasks—from the gaffer, who deals with electricity, to the production assistant, who’s in charge of holding the director's bananas. Get a grip on the film industry with this Groupon.
$145 for Two-Day Production Assistant Boot Camp at Smashbox Studios in West Hollywood or Culver City (Up to $295 Value)
Quixote's production assistant boot camp spends two days teaching aspiring film moguls the ins and outs of the biz. Students learn about the making of a film from start to finish, including production paperwork, terminology, and basic dos and don'ts while on set. Designed with real-world practicality in mind, the curriculum should leave students completely prepared for a job on the set of a commercial, film, TV show, or stop-motion Broadway play. Students take home handouts on all the material covered, and guest speakers frequently drop by to lecture on different job responsibilities.
Held at Smashbox Studios—Quixote's professional photography studios, which have hosted names such as Rolling Stone, Glamour, and Vanity Fair—the class occupies an entire weekend, with sessions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Though Quixote PA Bootcamp offers a student discount, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Quixote PA Bootcamp
From its humble beginnings as a one-van commercial transportation service for photographers, Quixote has grown into a full-service production studio in two short decades. Founded and nurtured by LA natives and UCLA grads Mikel Elliott and Jordan Kitaen, Quixote now supplies the entertainment and advertising industries with facilities, equipment, vehicles, and whatever else they may need to get the job done. They recently pumped $1 million into their production-supplies department, allowing them to supply jobs with crucial gear such as iPhones and 4G WiFi boxes so that directors need not summon starlets from their trailers via tin-can phone.