2022 May Crew Boot Camp

MAY 19 – MAY 22, 2022

Are you interested in a career working in film and television? Learn the skills needed to work on set in our first Crew Boot Camp of 2022.

Whether you have previous experience, or are new to the industry, this 3.5 day training led by experienced industry professionals will prepare you for the exciting and fast-paced world of production and working on set.

Workshop is limited to 25 participants.


Upriver Studios in Saugerties, NY.

Registration Fee:
$850 $699 Special Offer!

Full and partial scholarships are available

Applications from those 16-18 years of age will be considered to audit on a case by case basis.

Stockade Works is particularly seeking diverse members of the community and women who are typically precluded from jobs in the film production sector. 

Stockade Works believes that film, media, and tech should be accessible for all people. If an accessibility offering such as American Sign Language Interpretation, live captioning, audio descriptions or a post event transcript would aid in your participation, please let us know.

Important Dates

April 18: Application Deadline – 5pm

April 18 – 29: Committee Application Review & Interviews with Finalists

May 5: Acceptance Announcements

May 13: Registration Fee Due

May 19: Workshop Begins!


This immersive bootcamp experience guides participants through the fundamentals of working in the industry and on a set, including script breakdowns, script continuity, who’s who on a call sheet, preparing for a day’s work, chain of command and other key production assistant roles. Once the fundamental foundation is set, the training moves on to a mock shoot where participants will have hands-on experience in several key film departments, and train directly with industry professionals.

This boot camp will provide trainees with:

  • Hands-on training experience in departments which include camera, sound, grip and electric, art, costume/wardrobe, hair/makeup, script supervision, and production
  • Basic Set 101 instruction so that graduates feel prepared to work on an actual set
  • Techniques for collaborating and working with actors, directors, and other departments
  • An understanding of departmental roles and operations
  • Rental order fulfillment, truck load-in/out, camera logs, departmental particulars, video village set up and breakdown, laying of dolly track, handling coils and cables, operating a boom, prop continuity, and more


DAY 1: 6PM-8:30PM

DAY 2: 8AM-5PM

DAY 3: 8AM-5PM

DAY 4: 8AM-5:30PM




Film and Television credits include BULL, Blindspot, The Girl on the Train, The Americans, Annie, White Collar, Life of Pi, Unforgettable, Eat Pray Love, and How to Make it in America.


Film and Television credits include The Sopranos, August Rush, Blindspot, The Affair, Vampires vs. the Bronx, Power, Modern Love, Awkwafina is Nora from Queens, Life and Beth, and Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin.


Ethan Palmer’s recent  cinematography work can be seen in PORCUPINE (2021), starring Jena Malone, and TED K (Berlin 2021), starring Sharlto Copley. He also photographed GOAT (Sundance 2016), starring Nick Jonas and James Franco, BREAKING A MONSTER (SXSW 2015), STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING DOORS (Tribeca 2013), and KING KELLY (SXSW 2012). As a partner at SeeThink Films, he produced the cult classic DARKON (SXSW 2006), a documentary on role-players, and the feature documentary ALICE NEEL (2007). Ethan graduated from NYU’s Gallatin School in 2002 with a concentration in Film Studies and Comparative Religion and lives in NY’s Hudson Valley.


While studying at the London Film School, Allison discovered her keen ear and love of sound. She enjoyed the challenge of creating the perfect acoustic environment in which to record dialogue, something she still strives for every day, on every job. After graduating in 2007 with an MA in Filmmaking, Allison moved to New York City in order to pursue her career. Within a few months of arriving, she wrote letters to various NY based sound mixers who’s work she
respected, merely asking for advice on how to best get into the industry. Most mixers responded, and one offered a job as a sound intern on a low budget union feature. During those 7 weeks her knowledge of sound, and set etiquette, increased exponentially. The two key pieces of advice she took away were say yes to every job in order to gain experience, and get into the union as soon as possible. With those two ideas taken to heart, she began working as a
sound mixer on Columbia and NYU thesis films. A paid position, without the need for her own sound equipment, she was able to gain experience, contacts, and enough money to begin putting her own kit together piece by piece. Through the contacts made during these productions, she branched out into the non-union indie world of sound mixing, working on both shorts and features. After the 18 months of required residency, she applied to join IATSE Local 52. Her application accepted, she was granted access to work, on permit, on union projects. Still making her way in the indie world, she now began meeting union sound mixers and making union contacts. After passing the test the first go around, it would be another 5 years before she was voted in and granted acceptance into the local. Once a fully-fledged union member,
she began working as a sound utility. However, given her 5 years of experience as an indie sound mixer, she was given the opportunity to mix tandem episodes for all 3 seasons of the television series The Following. After that show ended, she gradually made the shift to mixing full time. Several contacts made in the indie world began producing union features and her name was remembered and recommended. More contacts were made, more experience
gained, and she now works full time as a mixer. She still learns from every job, strives for perfection in every job, and has yet to lose her love of sound.


Deanna Williams is a New York City based boom operator and music playback  mixer in Film and Television. She is a recent inductee of IATSE Local 52 – New York and the Tri-State area’s union for Motion Picture Studio Mechanics. Before joining Local 52, Deanna was a sound mixer and boom operator in the non-union world for four years. She has just completed her seventh year in the industry, and in that time she has worked on television shows, commercials, feature films, short films, documentaries, and web series.  She was in charge of ensuring that her clients got great and usable sound for their projects while working with the rest of the crew to produce a worthwhile finished product. In the union world, Deanna has maintained her desire to produce quality sound, but her role is now part of a team, and she is working towards being a worthy addition to any team that she is a part of. Deanna is passionate about doing good work and is a firm believer that showing up, working smart, and being open to learning are the keys to going far.


Vincent Carnevale is a Hudson Valley-based Digital Imaging Technician and Camera Assistant. He is a member of IATSE Local 600. He has worked jobs ranging from feature films, to big budget commercials, to fashion, and everything in between. Vincent has a B.S. in Radio/TV Production from SUNY New Paltz with a minor in Computer Science.


Brian Barney is a camera assistant in the film and television industry, a graduate of the first Stockade Works Boot Camp in 2017, and a proud member of IATSE Local 600. After earning his B.A. in Theatre from UC Riverside, and finishing up his duties as an intelligence analyst in the National Guard, he began a career as a database programmer in the finance industry. Throughout his programming career, Brian maintained his connection with storytelling as a character actor in community theatre, as well as a producer and director of several short films. Since graduating from Boot Camp, he has worked professionally on several feature films, working his way up from Camera PA to 2nd AC. In his spare time, Brian continues to maintain his love for live performance as an actor in the southern Vermont community theatre scene. 


Annie Simeone is a New York based Production Designer working in the Film and TV industry since 2007. Her background in ceramics, sculpture, classical painting, art history and science bring a multidisciplinary approach and distinctive eye to her set designs. Her design work can be seen in the 2019 SXSW premiered comedic-thriller, VILLAINS for BRON Studios, the feature adaptation of the period musical, HELLO AGAIN as well as the psychological drama, BRAID, which premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, and she most recently designed the UNTITLED RAY ROMANO PROJECT.  She also recently served as the Art Director on Ryan Murphy’s feature film THE BOYS IN THE BAND, as well as the Netflix series DASH & LILY.


Alanna McDonald is a Set Decorator and Prop Master based in Kingston, NY. She began her career in New York City working on commercials and photo shoots. She now primarily manages to stay local to the Hudson Valley on narrative projects, including: The Hating Game, Black Bear, and Hulu’s Sex Appeal. She most recently worked on the television series Pretty Little Liars, which shot at Upriver Studios.


Lisa Padovani is a five time primetime Emmy nominee and two-time costume design guild winner whose work has contributed to some of the most memorable characters on screen. Her many film and television credits include “Far from Heaven,” “I’m Not There,” “The Departed,” “Shutter Island,” “Mad Men,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Gotham,” “Dirty Dancing” and “Sneaky Pete.”


Kingston Native and lover of all things local, Jennifer Donovan was a graduate of SUNY New Paltz studying Public Relations and Business. All the while, she was working as a hair stylist and salon coordinator for the infamously known hair stylist to the rock and roll world, Mark Ferraro. While working with Mark Ferraro, Jennifer was able to work first hand with the great creatives that migrated to Woodstock and the Catskill region. After college, Jennifer continued to work on large scale productions as a designer and the Head of the Hair and Makeup Department at the Fisher Center at Bard College. She was also a hair and makeup artist for on and off Broadway productions and continues works with American Ballet at the Metropolitan Opera House. With several years of theatre, film, daily styling experiences, and endless connections in the industry, Jennifer continues to train and hire staffing to provide expertise skill sets to local productions, businesses, and stylists. Jennifer is the owner of Le Shag salon and training Academy in Kingston, NY.


Melissa Guimaraes has been working as a grip in film and television for 25 years.While attending NYU film school with a focus in cinematography, she was able to dabble in various departments.She quickly took to the grip world.In 1997, a year into college, she worked professionally as a best boy grip on her first feature. This really got her interested in building the skills required for the craft.Her subsequent years were endless hours of work as a shooting grip on a colorful array of film and TV jobs- a great deal of (mostly rap!) music videos, burgeoning reality TV, and new indie comedy shows such as The Apprentice, Project Runway and Chappelle’s Show. A few years later she returned to her passion of Indie projects & collaborated on jobs such as ‘Raising Victor Vargas’ and ‘All the Real Girls’, before moving on to key grip over a dozen non-union & union film & TV works (Palindromes, Delirious, A Guide to Recognizing your Saints, Broken English), which was very rare for a female at the time.In 2006, she joined IATSE Local 52, and expanded her work as a proud member in all the grip departments out there.She has worked as shooting grip, dolly grip, & construction grip on a wide variety of film and television jobs including ‘The Good Wife’, ‘Law and Order’ (and SVU & CI), Men in Black 3, and Bourne Legacy.After starting a family, the past years have settled her into work as a rigging grip, and she is happy to have completed such projects as Marvels’ Luke Cage series, Defenders, and Law & Order: Organized Crime in recent years.


A resident of the Hudson Valley, John Raugalis is excited to see projects once only found in NYC and Long Island produced in this area. As a member of IATSE Local 52 John has learned from the best and is happy to share hands on knowledge with the participates of Stockade Boot Camp. He can also recommend any of the local rail trails and especially the Walkway Over the Hudson for a walk or bike ride to clear the mind.