JOB POST: Production Assistant (PA) for a Special Effects Company 


Empire FX is currently looking to hire a PA in Gardiner, NY to work full time or part time. with our special effects company working on a TV series. We do all "natural" special effects, creating wind, snow, fire, bullet, explosions, car crashes etc. 

Responsibilities include:
-Assist with equipment preparation and maintenance.
-Maintain shop organization and cleaning. Putting away all tools and equipment in the correct places once the crew is done with them and cleaning spaces. 
-Pulling equipment for each gag for the shows, check that equipment is in working order
-Running errands, including dropping off equipment to be fixed, occasionally going to NYC to drop off items. 
-Ability to work in a face paced environment
-Very detail oriented, highly organized, and able to plan effectively by setting priorities and meeting deadlines

-Knowledge about welding, metal work, electric, plumbing, hydraulics, steam work. . ..etc. 
-Knowledge about tools, fittings, and workshops. 
-How to use tools, welder, drill press, saws etc. 
-Strong attention to detail and organizational skills are necessary
-Willing to work long hours including nights, weekends and holidays

Eligibility Requirements
- Interested candidates must submit a resume/CV online to be considered
- Willingness to work long hours and on weekends with short notice
- Must be willing to submit to a background investigation. 
-Must have work authorization to work in the United States
-Must be 18 years or older 

Please send a resume to with a description of why you are interested in this position.Compensation: $750 per week. 7:30am-5:30pm M-Fri




Hudson Valley Film Commission founder and director, Laurent Rejto, will talk about the regional FILM & TV industry, and answer questions, including:

What kind of crew members do productions hire?
• How can I get work as an actor?
• What kind of vendors do local productions need?
• How can I rent my house as a location?
• How do I get myself or my business involved?

May 1, 5pm • Marbletown Community Center
May 2, 5pm • Kingston Library
May 3, 5pm • Tivoli Free Library
May 7, 6pm • Saugerties Public Library
May 9, 6pm • Grinnell Public Library
May 16, 6:30pm • Morton Memorial Library

Since 2000, the Hudson Valley Film Commission has been a conduit for preproduction, production and postproduction for film, TV, photography, and new media in the Mid-Hudson Valley and Catskill region. As a 501c3 non profit, the mission of the Hudson Valley Film Commission is to create sustainable economic development and educational opportunities, by attracting, supporting and promoting local film, tv, photography, and new media work.



On the heels of the box office smash, A QUIET PLACE, which filmed in the Hudson Valley during the fall of 2017, comes Zach Golden’s THE ESCAPE OF PRISONER 614, starring Ron Perlman, Martin Starr, Jake McDorman, and George Sample III.

The feature film, which was also lensed in the fall of 2017 – in Phoenicia, Shandaken, Arkville and Saugerties – was picked up for distribution by Saban Films at the Berlin Film Festival and makes it theatrical premiere in ten cities on APRIL 27, and will also be available on V.O.D.

The ‘action adventure western comedy’ follows two naive, recently-fired Sheriff’s Deputies who decide to go after an escaped prisoner in hopes of getting their jobs back.  But when they discover that the supposed cop-killer they've hunted down is an innocent victim of a racist judicial system, they face a moral dilemma -- return the prisoner and be hailed as heroes, or act on their principles in pursuit of true justice.

The film was directed by Hudson Valley local Zach Golden and included many local cast and crew members. Jordan Yale Levine and Jordan Beckerman of Yale Productions'  produced with Shaun Sanghani of SSS Entertainment.

“Martin and Jake both bring natural comedic gifts and serious dramatic chops to the film,” Golden told Hollywood Reporter. “And George just exudes the charm and empathy needed for our title character. Ron’s the ultimate badass, intimidating tough guy, so he was of course the first guy I thought of for our Sheriff."

"I fell in love with this project the moment I read Zach’s script.” said Ron Perlman. “It’s smart and funny, but it also explores weighty issues regarding race and criminal justice that could not be more timely."

Local crew included Erica Pearce, Rachaell Dama, Richard Auth, Dirt Haehnel, Greg Meola, Anthony Stracquadanio, Brian Barney, Joe James, Liz McDonough, Ryan Mulholland, Mickey Breitenstein, Jaf Farkas. Local cast included Willoughby Pyle, Ralph Cashen, Andy Animal, Wayne Pyle.

See what the actors thought of the Hudson Valley below.

AND IN TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL NEWS, the following films, many of which will debut, were also produced in the Mid-Hudson Valley.


Kent Jones’ DIANE which was produced in Ulster and Greene Counties in January 2017. Mary Kay Place is a devoted friend and caretaker, particularly to her drug-addicted son. But as those around her begin to drift away in the last quarter of her life, she is left to reckon with past choices and long-dormant memories in this haunting character study. Besides Mary Kay Place, the cast also includes Jake Lacy, Estelle Parsons, Andrea Martin, Deirdre O’Connell, Phyllis Somerville, Glynis O’Connor, and Joyce Van Patten. The production was executive produced by Martin Scorsese.

FABLED is an anthology series that reimagines classic fairy tales through the perspective of its female characters, whose overlapping stories take place in the same small town. Directed by Jennifer Morrison, and executive produced by Evan Jonigkeit , Alex Gayner, Zosia Mamet, the series which was produced in Ulster and Dutchess Counties, stars Zosia Mamet, Trace Lysette, Gugu Mbatha Raw, Paul Wesley, and Norbert Butz.

Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner, THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST, directed by Desiree Akhavan is based on the coming-of-age teen novel by Emily M. Danforth, about a girl who is forced into a gay conversion therapy center by her guardians.  The production took place in Ulster and Greene Counties in the fall of 2016.

THE SEAGULL, directed by Michael Mayer and written by Stephen Karam, stars Saoirse Ronan and four-time Academy Award nominee Annette Bening. Filmed at Arrow Park Lake and Lodge in Orange County,  THE SEAGULL is the heartbreaking and funny story of friends and lovers, all of whom are in love with the wrong person. The movie is timely in its depiction of the tragic consequences of narcissism, particularly on young dreams and romantic love.

The Hudson Valley Film Commission is a not-for-profit, 501c3 organization that promotes and creates sustainable economic development by supporting and attracting film, video and media production in the Hudson Valley and Catskill counties of Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster. 

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A Quiet Place

Recent Hudson Valley Film Commission productions have proven to be very successful at landing prime screening slots, and awards, at some of the world’s top film festivals, including Sundance, Berlin, SXSW and the upcoming Tribeca FIlm Festival in April.

Sundance Film Festival award winners included NANCY and THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST (READ MORE). The Berlin Film Festival featured the world premiere of Zach Golden’s THE ESCAPE OF PRISONER 614, which was produced in the Hudson Valley in the fall of 2017. Locations included Phoenicia, Saugerties, Shandaken, Pine Hill and Arkville (READ MORE). In March, SXSW highlighted several Hudson Valley films including their opening night film, John Krasinksy’s A QUIET PLACE, co-starring Emily Blunt. The film opens nationwide on April 6 (watch the trailer at The film was produced entirely in Dutchess and Ulster Counties during the summer and fall of 2017. Sarah Daggar-Nickson's VIGILANTE, starring Emily Blunt filmed in Newburgh, Kingston, Ulster Park, Saugerties, Beacon and Lake Katrine, and Windham.  THE RANGER, directed by Jenn Wexler was produced in the Hudson Valley in April and May of 2017, and follows teen punks on the run from the cops. Hiding out in the woods, they come up against the local authority – an unhinged park ranger with an axe to grind (READ MORE).

In April, three local productions that will be featured at the Tribeca Film Festival include FABLED, THE SEAGULL and THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST.


FABLED, directed by Jennifer Morrison
The TV project directed by Jennifer Morrison (best known for portraying Emma Swan on the long running ABC series ONCE UPON A TIME), stars Zosia Mamet, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Norbert Leo Butz, Evan Jonigkeit, and Paul Wesley, among others. Episodes for the project were filmed during the fall of 2017, primarily in Kingston and Rhinebeck with production partner Refinery29, a leading global media company focused on young women, that inspires, entertains, and empowers their audiences through optimistic and diverse storytelling, experiences, and points of view. The anthology series reimagines classic fairy tales through the perspective of its female characters, whose overlapping stories take place in the same small town.

FABLED’s Executive Producer John Kite recently posted the following on Instagram about the project: A few years ago Zosia and I were driving to Vermont when we came across a photo of some storybook characters a little bit grown up talking to one another. It sparked the idea of what eventually evolved into FABLED. The idea morphed and changed over time with our producing partners @Refinery29 @gibsonautomatic @whatsthatlookfor @AlexhGayner @AmyEmmerich and has grown into something that will be having its premiere @Tribeca film festival on April 23rd. 

“I realized my first time being on a set that was largely run by women on the film TALLULAH, directed by @SHeder which was led onscreen by @ellenpage and @AllisonBJanney that women create a naturally supportive, efficient and collaborative environment. That film was the first time I personally felt comfortable in front of the camera and I have all of those women involved to thank. Being able to put together the team of women led by @jenmorrisonlive, to tell the stories of FABLED, stories of women finding themselves through their own agency, was more rewarding then I could imagine. 

I’ve always loved being a storyteller because I’ve always felt they make people feel less alone, but what I realize more and more is that it also makes ME feel less alone, in what is a confusing time to be alive. And being connected to all these women and men, that helped us make something we are all proud of, is just as important as the pieces themselves. Thanks to everyone at Refinery29 for seeing what these stories can be. And thanks to all of our new and old friends for keeping us moving towards a more connected society. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND TICKETS

Two other films that were filmed in the Hudson Valley, which filmed in the Hudson Valley, include THE SEAGULL and THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST

THE SEAGULL, directed by Michael Mayer
*Filmed in the fall of 2016 in Orange County. The Hudson Valley FIlm Commission acted as a fiscal sponsor.

The Seagull

Adapted by Tony Award®-winning playwright Stephen Karam and directed by Tony Award®-winning director Michael Mayer, this exquisite adaptation of Anton Chekhov's classic THE SEAGULL finds a group of friends and family gathered for a seemingly jovial weekend in the countryside. But under the surface, Nina (Saoirse Ronan) pines desperately for Irina's (Annette Benning) partner Boris (Corey Stoll), a celebrated playwright. Meanwhile, Masha (Elisabeth Moss) fights a battle with her own unrequited love.

This layered saga about art, fame, family, and human folly plays out with claustrophobic intensity, as the lives of friends, families, and lovers, all living under the same roof, become entangled. The Seagull’s cast of celebrated performers brings fresh perspective to these beloved, complicated characters. Rich with feeling, this tragicomedy asks timeless questions about how best to live a purposeful life and, more importantly, how to love. (—Mara Webster for Tribeca Film Festival) CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND TICKETS

THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST, directed by Desiree Akhavan

*Filmed in the fall of 2017 in Ulster and Greene Counties, THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST world premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.


When teenage Cameron (Chloë Grace Moretz) is caught having sex with another girl on prom night, she is shipped off to God's Promise, a middle-of-nowhere treatment center run by Dr. Lydia Marsh (Jennifer Ehle) and "success story" Reverend Rick (John Gallagher, Jr.). They subject her to dubious gay conversion therapies—but, despite these “treatments,” Cameron eventually forges a community with her fellow teens, quietly defiant Jane Fonda (Sasha Lane) and Adam Red Eagle (Forrest Goodluck). Together, these misfits play at recovery, since their only way out is time.

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival and based on the acclaimed novel of the same title, The Miseducation of Cameron Post overflows with standout performances and unforgettable characters in a story that is equal parts coming coming-of-age drama and teen hangout movie. —Mara Webster for Tribeca Film Festival. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND TICKETS 

2018 is off to a quick start with three features currently in production and many more in the works. For more information about filming your next project in the Hudson Valley, visit


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*The following films were either filmed in the Mid-Hudson Valley or included key personnel with links to the region.

DIANE, directed and written by Kent Jones. Produced by Luca Borghese, Ben Howe, Caroline Kaplan, Oren Moverman. (USA) *Filmed in Ulster and Green Counties

MAPPLETHORPE, directed and written by Ondi Timoner. Produced by Eliza Dushku, Nathaniel Dushku, Richard J. Bosner, Ondi Timoner. (USA) *Woodstock’s very own John David Allen is one of the editors.

THE SEAGULL, directed by Michael Mayer, written by Stephen Karam. Produced by Jay Franke, David Herro, Robert Salerno, Tom Hulce, Leslie Urdang. (USA) *Filmed in Orange County. See trailer at

THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST, directed by Desiree Akhavan, written by Desiree Akhavan, Cecilia Frugiuele. Produced by Michael B. Clark, Alex Turtlelaub, Cecilia Frugiuele, Jonathan Montepare. (USA) *Filmed in Ulster and Greene Counties

THE FOURTH ESTATE, directed by Liz Garbus. Produced by Jenny Carchman, Liz Garbus, Justin Wilkes (USA) *Liz Garbus has close ties to the region.

Other than asterisks, Info copied from Variety See full article at


 Producer Jen Gatien, Whoopi Goldberg, Melissa Leo, Laurent Rejto and Tessa Thompson

Producer Jen Gatien, Whoopi Goldberg, Melissa Leo, Laurent Rejto and Tessa Thompson

FURLOUGH, which filmed in the Hudson Valley (Kingston, Pine Plains, Town of Ulster) in March in 2017, opens at the IFC CENTER on March 16. The film directed by Laurie Collyer stars Oscar winners Melissa Leo (THE FIGHTER), Whoopie Goldberg (GHOST) Anna Paquin (THE PIANO) and Tessa Thompson (WESTWORLD, THOR RAGNAROK). IFC is distributing.

Local crew included Jonathan Burkhart, Amy Hutchings, Greg Meola, Jesica Farkas, Tim Bruno, Jaf Farkas, Jeremiah Wenutu, Anthony Stracquadanio, Alanna Wray, Dirt Haehnel, Rachaell Dama, Natalie Chau, Heidi Eklund, Krysten Pollard, Lisa Purcell, Julian Rodriguez, CrystalTweed, Michael Winsor, Morgan Millogo, Ready to Serve Catering and many more. Local actors too numerous to mention.

The Hudson Valley Film Commission was involved in this production from very early on and worked overtime to help with locations, cast and crew referrals (including 800 resumes for women inmates), vendors and permitting. 

Click below to watch the trailer 


THE ESCAPE OF PRISONER 614 was produced in the Hudson Valley in the fall of 2017. Locations included Phoenicia, Saugerties, Shandaken, Pine Hill and Arkville. The Hudson Valley Film Commission has worked to support Yale Productions with many other Hudson Vally Productions including MY FIRST CHRISTMAS, JACK GOES HOME, KING COBRA, SHOTGUN, WELCOME THE STRANGER and PLUME, which start filming February 2018.

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Saban Films has picked up North American rights to THE ESCAPE OF PRISONER 614 {filmed in the Hudson Valley}. The Escape of Prisoner 614, the upcoming crime thriller starring Ron Perlman (Hellboy) and Martin Starr (Knocked Up).

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The film – in which two naïve recently fired sheriff’s deputies go after an escaped convict in the hope of getting their jobs back, only to find he’s innocent – is the feature-length debut of writer-director Zach Golden. Jordan Yale Levine (King Cobra, Shotgun), Jordan Beckerman (Shotgun, Green Dolphin) and Shaun Sanghani (Blood Heist, The Pretenders) produce.

The deal was negotiated among Clay Epstein, president of Film Mode Entertainment, CAA and Jonathan Saba, senior vp distribution, sales and marketing for Saban.

“We are so happy that Saban Films is as passionate about this film as we are and will be supporting it with a significant theatrical release,” said Levine. “Zach, Ron, Martin and our entire cast and crew created a film that’s unique and exciting, and we can’t wait for audiences around the world to see it.”

Film Mode – whose recent movies have included Sugar Mountain, The Good Neighbor and Gangster Land – is looking after international rights on The Escape of Prisoner 614, which is having its world premiere screening in Berlin on Thursday.



Casting for Newburgh, NY and New Windsor, NY area locals for NBC pilot MANIFEST. Filming scenes at Stewart Airport March 15 and 16. Looking for locals to play airport travelers, police, etc... This is paid extra/background work. Email name, union status (SAG-AFTRA or NonUnion), phone number, height, weight, clothing & shoe sizes, and current picture to Write "Stewart Airport Local" in the subject line of your email.

Pilot description: In this high-concept mystery thriller, a plane disappears from radar and returns five years later after being untraceable and presumed lost at sea. No time has passed for those on the plane but, for their loved ones at home, a long five years have gone by. The series follows their personal lives as well as the larger mystery and purpose that is their destiny.



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Feature film that will be produced in Kingston is looking to fill the following positions. Please send queries or resumes to and we will pass it along.

1) KEY PA - given the scope of the movie, they need someone with Key PA experience and is very strong. 


3) REGISTERED NURSE - Production will have an infant on set one day and they need to have a nurse that can help with the infant. Scheduled date is 2/25


We realize some of these positions were previously posted but the production is looking for additional options. Please state where you live in your email. Driver applicants should all live within 15 miles of Kingston.



SHOOTING DATES: Feb 24-March 26

There are a limited number of SAG/AFTRA Union slots. SAG-AFTRA BACKGROUND scale is $166 per day. Rates will vary for NON-Union roles.

Looking for…

• TATTOOED MEN WITH SHORT HAIR or BALD with facial hair for 3/18, 3/19, 3/20, 3/21 (helpful if you are avails all days but not necessary)
• 14-16 YEAR OLD CAUCASIAN BOY willing to have his head shaved – $216 per day for SAG-AFTRA member.
• NEWBORN BABY for 2/25 (must be at least 2 weeks old, there will be  a nurse on set) 
• TEENAGERS (over 18 is a plus)  

Submit resumes and queries to Please submit to