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Cherokee Nation Film Office will offer a special effects workshop

Members of the OFTA Set Ready course sponsored by the Cherokee Nation Film Office offered in December 2021. An upcoming special effects course will be held in the Tulsa area in February. (Courtesy of Photo/Cherokee Nation Film Office)

As part of its commitment to provide education and workforce development to support a growing film industry in Oklahoma, the Cherokee Nation Film Office will introduce a special effects course next month in the Tulsa area.

The course will be taught by Tulsa resident, Native American and award-winning prosthetic artist, concept artist, and filmmaker Tate Steinsiek, whose makeup special effects company, Ill Willed Productions, has been involved in productions all over the world. Steinsiek’s career credits include The Amazing Spider-Man, Law and orderan episode of Saturday Night Live, History Channel and Discovery Channel. He is also a two-time finalist in Syfy’s Competition series. FACE TO FACE of the first and fifth seasons.

The upcoming course Introduction to FX Gore & Blood Gags for Cinema, will be cover a variety of special effects topics and skills, such as the process of applying an encapsulated silicone prosthesis, how to create a custom “blood bladder,” and then how to rig the bladder for stage blood circulates through the prosthesis. Students will be able to film their gags to complete or start their own special effects reel. The CNFO will provide scholarships to help cover the course fee of $450.

“Oklahoma’s television and film industry continues to grow at an exceptional rate,” said Jennifer Loren, Director of the Cherokee Nation Film Office and Original Content. “We are proud to continue our mission to increase representation of Native Americans in film and television by helping to educate, prepare and connect tribal citizens with the great jobs and incredible opportunities that are becoming available in these industries.”

In December, CNFO partnered with the Oklahoma Film & Television Academy to deliver the OFTA Set Ready Course at the Cherokee Nation’s COVID Response Virtual Soundstage. The program provided a basic understanding of the skills and knowledge needed to work on a film and television production, guiding students through a hands-on learning experience and covering production assistant duties, call sheets, scripts, filming schedules, crew titles and functions, radio procedures, anatomy and set equipment, production reports and more. Thanks to CNFO scholarships, Native American students took the course for free.

“Not only was the Cherokee Nation soundstage surprisingly impressive, but so were the participants in the first OFTA Remote Set Ready Class. Engaged, curious and self-reliant, they will go far in the film and television industry,” said Kim Mott, Unit Production Manager and OFTA Instructor. “There is a long tradition of imparting industry knowledge, and I was happy to do this with these students of all ages and from various professional backgrounds. I can’t wait to see where it takes them.

Education and workforce development are key to supporting the growth of the film industry. The recent announcement of The Cherokee Nation Film Incentive, which will provide up to $1 million in annual funding for productions filmed on the Cherokee Nation’s 14-county reservation, will create even more demand for a workforce available and trained.

“One of the most wonderful things about this industry is the diversity of job opportunities,” Loren said. “No matter what field you work in, no matter what industry your company operates in, no no matter what your level of education, there’s likely a place for you in film and television in the Cherokee Nation.

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