WiM + MBS Illumination Training 2022

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Application will close on July 10th. We will send acceptance notifications by July 12th.

Illumination Grip And Electrics Training 2022!

Learn from legendary women “Best Boys”, Chief Electricians, and Key grips who have worked on Inception, Spiderman: No Way Home, and For All Mankind. This is your opportunity to learn and practice side by side with the best of the best!

Instructors include

Past trainings have resulted in members getting jobs on high end commercials, television shows, pipeline programs, and joining unions. This time, a leader at Local 33 will be joining us to talk about union membership. We can’t guarantee you a job, but we can get you in the room for sustainable job opportunities.

Dates, Details, And Rules:

Grip training will be on July 16 and 17 and Electrics July 30 and 31.  Priority will be given to those who can make both weekends. There will be a waiting list.

  • The application is open to Women In Media members with a distinct interest in Grip and Electrics.
  • This initiative is offered free of charge as a benefit of membership.
  • Lunch will be provided.
  • There will be a special Lunch and Learn with Bobby Dechellis provided by Ratpac Controls
  • You should not have taken Illumination training before – let’s give someone else a chance.
  • Your WiM CrewList profile will be used to vet you.
  • If you need to apply for membership to get your profile, please do so here.

Illumination participants will be on our radar for the next round of CAMERAderie as well as other opportunities.

Please fill the application below to let us know your interest. We will be reaching out as we get closer to the dates to let you know if you are a chosen participant. Space is limited.

How Illumination Training Got Started

Early in the pandemic, Women In Media collaborated with MBS Group SVP of Global Finance and Operations, Irene Phan to create #Illumination Training to enhance our member’s skills in Grip, Electrics, and Carpentry/Scenic Art. Trainees got hands-on training at the MBS and Television City facilities, working side by side with highly skilled gaffers, grips, best boys, and rigging assistant chief lighting technicians, as well as carpenters and scenic artists leading to further opportunities.  Putting these skills into practice, we built and lit sets for two of our CAMERAderie films and worked with MBS gear on all four films.

We are thrilled to offer this ground breaking program that has launched multiple sustainable careers in non-traditional roles.


Please be advised that in-person events hosted by Women in Media may be recorded and distributed for promotional purposes. Your voluntary participation in such events authorizes and acknowledges Women in Media’s exclusive rights of ownership and use of all recordings and photographs.

Many thanks to our training partner, MBS!

Thanks to our Lunch and Learn partner, Ratpac Controls

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