Joint VA/DOL Program Launches to Retrain 99,000 Unemployed Veterans
Online Site Opens May 15 for Veterans to Apply for Education Benefits
WASHINGTON – Starting May 15, unemployed Veterans between the ages of 35 and 60 can now apply for new benefits to cover education costs for up to one year through a joint Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Labor (DOL) program that focuses on retraining 99,000 Veterans for high-demand jobs.
“This important tool will help those who served our country receive the education and training they need to find meaningful employment in a high-demand field,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “Veterans are disciplined, hardworking, goal-oriented team members who can play a vital role in helping businesses and the economy grow.”
“Our veterans have made this nation stronger through their service, and they deserve our continued support,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “This new program will help unemployed veterans expand their skills and compete for good jobs,” she added. Read more »
You might remember Rahul Ajmera from a short while ago as the winner of the first ever NFI Get Your Shorts On! short film festival. He recently contacted us here at Nashville Film Institute with the below film that is a great way to celebrate his college, students and faculty. Quite a project to produce. Check it out:
Tommy Golden a local filmmaker will be setting out to film an on screen film adaptation of the Stephen King’s short story “The Boogeyman”. After getting funding Golden has set out to film in Shelbyville, Tennessee late February.
Tommy Golden a local filmmaker will be setting out to film an on screen film adaptation of the Stephen King’s short story “The Boogeyman”. After getting funding Golden has set out to film in Shelbyville, Tennessee late February. Read more »
The term film school is used to describe any educational institution dedicated to teaching aspects of filmmaking, including such subjects as film production, film theory, digital media production, and screenwriting. Film history courses and hands-on technical training are usually incorporated into most film school curricula. Technical training may include instruction in the use and operation of cameras, lighting equipment, film or video editing equipment and software, and other relevant equipment. Film schools may also include courses and training in such subjects as television production, broadcasting, audio engineering, and animation. Read more »
The core curriculum: some film schools focus on application, and some focus more on the liberal arts aspects – actually filming vs. studying cinema and film history. All schools will do both, but make sure to ask for a full set of courses taught so that you can see what is the bulk of the training. And keep that in mind for yourself as well: which type of school do you want to attend?
Class size: While its true that major motion pictures have hundreds of people working on them, chances are you don’t want to be in that sort of environment while learning how to make films: surrounded by hundres of people all trying to get experience behind the camera and in the edit rooms. Ask about class size, especially for classes where you are learning the techniques of filmmaking. You want to make sure that you actually get your hands on the equipment and practice in the classes that are meant to do so.
Film Student projects: Find out how many film projects each student is required to complete (not just “an option to complete”) during the entire course. A great aspect about attending a film school is you have access to good equipment that you can use to start building your reel. Moreover, the more projects that are required, the more hands-on time you get to practice and refine your skills.
How does the school feel?: If you’re going to spend money on going to school to study film, you want to make sure the environment is one in which you’re comfortable and want to spend a lot of time – as many hours a day as you can – perfecting your skills. So take a tour of the schools. Speak with the faculty and students to get an overall feeling for what it’s like to be a student there.