January 11, 2014.
Rio Bravo Pictures hosted an Advanced Grip and Lighting Workshop to kick off the new year for the burgeoning film industry in South Texas. Sponsored by the Texas Association of Motion Media Professionals (TAMMP), the workshop brought together over 20 local filmmakers to learn from two industry veterans, JT Huffer and John Young, of MPS Studios in Dallas.
"This is the first of its kind event held here in the Valley and we are very pleased with the outcome and support from the local film community", says Rodrigo Rodriguez, co-owner of Rio Bravo Pictures and Board Member of TAMMP. As this market continues to grow, the need will only grow larger for local, professional film crew - and we are here to get that ball rolling with this workshop", Rodriguez adds.
The workshop included an education on various grip equipment, on-hands approach to lighting, and an insightful discussion on careers in the Texas film industry. "The workshop only solidified my wanting to work in the film industry even more so - it was informative and hands on - which is really the best way to learn", says local filmmaker Alina Ortega.
Rodriguez also added that due to the success of the Grip Workshop, he would like to bring down more workshops focusing on Lighting, Art Directing and Production Assisting in the near future to the Rio Grande Valley.
Workshop sponsors included Rio Bravo Pictures, MPS Studios, City of McAllen and Citrus Digital.