Philadelphia Filmmaker Lab Shadow Program
A shadowing opportunity to learn on-set with BlackStar — for Black, Brown, and Indigenous filmmakers in Philadelphia.
BlackStar’s Filmmaker Lab Shadow Program will offer filmmakers the opportunity to be on set and learn as this year’s Lab films are being produced.
The Philadelphia Filmmaker Lab is a year-long fellowship for four local BIPOC filmmakers. These filmmakers are creating short films, executive produced by BlackStar, that will premiere at the 2022 BlackStar Film Festival. The Shadow Program offers additional local filmmakers the chance to observe these productions as they happen, pairing selected participants with a department head or crew member on set over a multi-day shoot this Spring. These filmmakers will gain first-hand knowledge about film production, receive further professional experience, and make invaluable connections with others in the industry.
Applications for this year’s Lab Shadow Program will open January 13 and participants will be selected by early March.
Candidates must live in the Greater Philadelphia area.
Candidates should identify as Black, Brown, Indigenous or as a Person of Color.
The Shadow Program is open to adults at least 18 years of age.
January 13, 2022 – Application Opens
February 15, 2022 – Application Closes
March 7, 2022 – Notification Date
Yes, shadows will be compensated $100/day for their time on set.
All applicants will be notified via email no later than March 7, 2022.
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This is not a crew opportunity. This opportunity is for shadowing. You will observe a crew member while they perform their duties.
We don’t have specific details yet. If you’re selected we will provide more specific information about the nature of the shoot. Typical shoot dates run approximately 12 hours.
Principal photography for the Lab films is set for Spring 2022 in the Greater Philadelphia area. We are moving forward with an in-person production in accordance with safety guidelines as outlined by the CDC. Selected shadows will receive further details about the dates and locations closer to the shoot.
You will not be allowed to select the position. We will do our best to select the position you want but we cannot guarantee placement in any particular department.
Yes! No prior filmmaking experience is necessary.