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Industry Star of the Month

Tristan Assent, "Made in NY" Production Assistant

Tristan Assent May 1, 2006- Tristan Assent, a production assistant on the New Line film Pride & Glory, got his start in the film industry through the ���Made in NY��� production assistant (PA) training program developed by the Mayor���s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting and Brooklyn Workforce Innovations.

Although Assent graduated from SUNY in May 2005 with a degree in television production, he found it difficult to break into the business.

���I had a lot of interviews, but without the experience it was hard to land a job,��� Assent said.

As a result, he worked as an office temp after graduation, until enrolling in the free, month long ���Made in NY��� training program for production assistants. The full-time course taught basic PA responsibilities and how to work collaboratively when shooting on location in City communities. It also connected him with internship and employment opportunities.

For Assent, the highlight of the program was the opportunity to intern at NYC TV. ���Until the internship, I had learned everything in a classroom setting, but the hands on experience allowed me to really see what I had learned,��� he said.

As a PA on NYC TV���s television show ���Backdrop NYC,��� he prepared neighborhoods for shoots and assisted in setting up and breaking down production equipment. Assent said he was quickly putting the skills he had learned in the program to use.

���The hand signals, gestures and tone of voice I had learned made the job much easier,��� he said. ���When I asked residents to pause on the street while we got a shot, I would tell them what the production was and who was in it, and assure them that as soon as the shot was over they would be able to pass through. The best thing I learned was the smile factor. As long as you smile, a person will be more eager to talk to you.���

These same skills served him well on his first job placement through the program, as a Set PA on Pride & Glory, when the production shot on location in Washington Heights and Harlem. Quick thinking and friendly hand motions helped him to stop a person on a skateboard from rolling downhill right into the director���s shot ��� and impressed the entire crew.

Drawing on his training to be pleasant and to fulfill all requests ��� no matter how odd ��� to the best of his ability, Assent quickly gained a reputation on the film as a hard and competent PA. Although the job placement was initially intended to last for two weeks, a month later Assent is still working on Pride & Glory.

For Assent, the best part of the training program was knowing that he would be placed in a job where he would have the opportunity to prove himself and to put what he had learned to use.

���I don���t think I would have gotten in [to the industry] without this training,��� he said. ���Understanding the lingo and knowing what a PA is expected to do really gives you that extra edge.���

Industry Star


Margarita Acevedo, Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting
John Battista, Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting
Tom Reidy, Madison Square Park
Steven Holtzman, Canal Creatures Productions

2012
Jennifer Lenihan, Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting
Lynne Meadow, Manhattan Theatre Club
Thomas O'Donnell, Local 817
Katy Finch, Brooklyn Workforce Innovations
Meredith Conti, Grand Central Terminal


2011
Gino Lucci, Picture Cars East
Habibah Ali-Love, OFTB
McCord Fitzsimmons, Former OFTB Intern
Lis Pearson, New York Public Library
Veronica Miles, EcoSet
Lisa Rubin, Hudson River Park Trust
Mari Jo Winkler, PGA Green
Michael Super, Coney Island, Parks and Recreational Manager
Caroline Stephenson, NYC Economic Development Corporation
Lisa Lucas, Tribeca Film Institute


2010
Harriet Taub, Material for the Arts
David Moy, OFTB
Fred Cerullo, Grand Central Partnership
Marge Feinberg, DOE
Nate Grove, Marinas
Frank Gribbon, FDNY
Jeffrey Sangrund, Brooklyn Bridge Park
Javonne Parker, Staten Island Ferry
Justin Green, Build It Green! NYC
Tom Ross, "Law & Order: Criminal Intent"
Eric Peterson, Randall's Island
Connie Fitzgerald, Department of Environmental Protection


2009
Joey Violante, Technicolor
Stephanie Argamaso, OFTB
Vito Turso, DSNY
Elizabeth Rapuano, Governor's Island
Estelle Cooper, Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Alvah Holmes, Former MOFTB Intern
Dana Kuznetzkoff, Line Producer
Eva Radke, Film Biz Recycling
Karen Meyerhoff, Guggenheim
Meredith Rothstein, Roseland Ballroom
Charlotte St. Martin, The Broadway League


2008
The Artists Company
Celina Sze, OFTB
Sharon Jensen, The Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts
Terence Gray, New York Television Festival
Sam Levy, Summer Play Festival
Wes French, General Services Administration
Tom Maiorano, Brooklyn Navy Yard
Joan Cooney, South Street Seaport
Jeannine Marotta, Staten Island Economic Development Corporation
Brooke Smy, Tishman Speyer
Elliott Kerman, Tax Credit Accountant


2007
Matthew Kania, Assistant Location Manager
Lieutenant Joe Lassen, Movie/TV Unit
In Memoriam - Nancy Littlefield
Ivory Henderson-Robb, Department of Transportation
Jack Powers, New York City Economic Development Corporation
Robin Forst, Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center
Kitty Preston, CUNY Locations
Liz Carollo, Greenmarket
Donna Masly, Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation
Sean Jones, New York City Department of Corrections
Sheila Greene, NYCHA


2006
Ralph Musolino, Parks and Recreation
Rick Cotton, NBC Universal
Joe Fontao, Location Manager
Gretchen McGowan, HDNet Films/Open City Films
Tim Tompkins, Times Square Alliance
Erika Feldman, Theatre Row
Vin Lenza, Staten Island Development Corporation
Tristan Assent, "Made in NY" PA
Denise Motta, New York City Economic Development Corporation
Terry Lawler, New York Women in Film and Television
Monty Ross, 40 Acres and a Mule


2005
Pat White, Local 764
Michelle Byrd, Independent Feature Project
Matt Miller, AICP
Kyle McCarthy, MTA Metro-North
Jeannette Pinero, Department of Correction
Bambi Brook, Dawn Animal Agency
Andy Nagy, NYCHA
Juan Rosario, HPD
James J. Claffey, Jr., IATSE Local One
Mac Brown, Producer
Cheryl Hodge, VTU
Llewellyn Wells, Executive Producer
Lawrence Major, Parks and Recreation


2004
Ken Konfong, Economic Development Corporation
Whoopi Goldberg, Actress/Producer
Caroline Baron, FilmAid International
Thomas O'Donnell Sr., Local 817
Drew Jiritano, Special Effects Coordinator
Carla Rajj, Location Manager
Al Cerullo, Film Pilot
James Lauer, FDNY
Dan Mercado, Parks and Recreation
Rebecca Seale, DCAS
Alberteen Anderson, MTA
Joseph Ellis, NYPD
Peter Basich, DOT
Richie Silverman, NYPD