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THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY
TRAINING PROGRAM (EITP)
Entertainment Industry Training Program is a program for youth and young
adults (16-25 years old). EITP was a successful pilot project created
by independent producer Dorez Douglas and co-sponsored by DreamWorks,
Sony Pictures Entertainment and Concerned Citizens of South Central Los
Angeles in August 1997. The purpose of the program is to teach students
about jobs behind the scenes in the entertainment industry. Intensive,
hands-on workshops cover such positions as writing, directing, producing,
camera, sound, production design, art directing, hair, makeup, wardrobe,
props, music etc. In the process, young people learn the correlation between
education and employment that is personally and financially rewarding.
EITP has been featured
on CNN, CBS, KFWB, KABC and articles have appeared in The Hollywood Reporter,
Variety, The Los Angeles Times, Rap Pages Magazine, The Los Angeles Sentinel
and The Wave newspapers. Various forms of support have come from Sony
Pictures Entertainment, DreamWorks, Miramax, New Line Cinema, NBC-TV,
ABC-TV, Foresight Entertainment, The 339 Company, Spelling Entertainment
Students are selected to participate in EITP based on attitude, school/work
performance, recommendations and a personal interview. A parent or guardian
must attend the interview with the candidate. Classes are held twice a
week, two hours per day. The Program Director and a committee of volunteers
select two projects. The class makes the final decision. Students are
responsible for the entire project from development to post-production,
working under the supervision of entertainment industry professionals.
The workshops are conducted during a four-month session, which culminates
in a graduation ceremony and screening of the project. Students are given
a credit, completion certificate and a videotaped copy of their work.
It has been determined by the FBI, various youth organizations and the
group, Fight Crime: Invest In Kids, that the most violent
hour of the day (particularly for juvenile offenders) begins after school
and ends just as parents are arriving home from work. In other words,
the hours between 2-8p.m. on school days. A study was released just last
year (2000) in which it was determined that young people today have less
supervision and fewer constructive activities to occupy them than earlier
generations, because many communities have cut back on after-school recreation
- such as music, drama and sports. One study in 1997, conducted by James
Alan Fox, Dean of Northeastern University's College of Criminal Justice
stated that kids are bored, they are idle and have too much time
on their hands to kill. According to statistics from local community
organizations, approximately 55% of young people in South Central Los
Angeles are between the ages of 0-18 years old. Over 30% of high-school
students in Los Angeles are dropping out before they graduate. Less than
25% of high school graduates move on to college. Of those who graduate
from college, fewer than 20% are able to find decent employment.
It has been determined by the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc.
that production employment has grown by an astounding 40% and payroll
has escalated by 70%. In a report released in the late 1990's, former
Governor Pete Wilson announced that the reach of production goes
beyond those individuals directly employed in the entertainment industry,
as making movies, television programs and commercials effect is staggering.
He stated that the billions of dollars (over $7 billion) injected into
the economy by studios and production companies have created unparalleled
economic development and opportunity. In addition, he said, This
means more jobs with higher pay and better benefits, securing the future
of tens of thousands of California families. However, those well-paid
jobs will not go to those who are unskilled in the technical arena. EITP
provides that training.
While the focus of EITP is on jobs in the entertainment industry, the
training and life skills being taught in the program will help young people
to succeed in any field. Fortunately, many of the positions in the entertainment
business do not require a college degree. However, most of our youth &
young adults are unaware of these jobs. In addition, subjects such as
art, home economics, sewing, music and creative writing have been taken
out of the standard school curriculum. These are skills that could lead
to a great number of positions in the industry (i.e. screenplay writing,
art directing, set designing, animation, wardrobe, catering and music
composing to name a few). EITP will revive an interest in these crafts
among teenagers and provide them with an opportunity to become productive
and employable citizens.
Students will learn and command valuable job-readiness skills.
Participants will learn about career opportunities in the entertainment
Students will be taught problem-solving techniques.
Young people will learn how to work with others in a spirit of cooperation
Students will learn to express their feelings and thoughts creatively
EITP will focus on and enhance the special talents of participants.
Industry professionals will be afforded an opportunity to give back to
the very community who, in part, supports their industry.