Local Sightings 2021 – No More Mysteries: Union Film Crew Work

Tuesday, September 21, 2021
6:00pm (PST)

⚠️ Please note: This event will be virtual and link will be provided to attendees.

Duration: 1h 30m
Instructor: Rebecca Cook


IATSE Local 488 is the union that covers most film crew members of the Pacific Northwest. 488 Vice President and local filmmaker Rebecca Cook will be dispelling some of the myths and mysteries of union film work, including how to join the union, what it means to be a union member, and if union work is even right for you. She’ll also give green filmmakers some basics on moving into professional film set work. She hopes to answer any questions participants have about starting the journey into professional film crew work that you may have been afraid to ask.

  • What is IATSE?
  • Why join a union?
  • Is the union right for me?
  • How to join the union.
  • How to find more opportunities to become a qualified crew member.
  • What to bring on your first day.

It’s a great talk for students and new filmmakers or anyone wanting to understand where unions fit into our industry work. We may even play a little Film Set Lingo Bingo if there’s time!


If you have any questions please contact Derek Edamura at derek@nwfilmforum.org.

Rebecca Cook

Rebecca Cook

An active member of the Washington film community, Rebecca Cook has worked as an actress, director, costumer, make-up artist, accountant, producer, and director throughout the region. For the last several years, she has worked on over 20 feature films, several commercial productions, and all 5 seasons of Syfy Channel’s Z Nation, as well as directed several award-winning short films. In her passion for the film industry, she serves as Vice President for IATSE Local 488, serves on the board of Washington Filmworks, and is also President of Spokane Film Project, as well as founder her own small company, Thundering Kitten Productions. She has narrated various commercial and documentary voice overs, as well as brought to life over 90 audiobooks. Because of her diverse background in the industry and entertaining style, she teaches classes and speaks about her journey creating a life in the arts.

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