Whittier, Alaska

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Sponsored in part by

Department of Theatre and Film

This training was funded in part through a grant
by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Studio Institute Studios’ upcoming feature film, HUNTER KILLER, is prepping to begin production in Whittier in April. The submarine thriller, scheduled as a 60-day shoot, seeks skilled crew local to the Whittier and surrounding areas. Studio Institute Global, with IATSE Local 918, is holding training courses this coming weekend (Feb 7 and 8) at the Whittier Community School. Interested skilled workers, especially carpenters and welders, are encouraged to attend. Attendees must be at least 18 years old.

The courses will introduce:
1. Basic knowledge and terminology required to work on a film set
2. Safety protocol for working on a film set

This workshop is now complete.
Thanks to all who participated.


Whittier Community School - Portage Street, Whittier, AK 99693
Limited parking will be available on site with additional parking on Billings Street.


$50, due at start of course and refunded to student upon joining union.

Awarded Credential

Certificate issued by Studio Institute Global and IATSE Local 918 for successful completion of
1) “Set Ready” Introduction course and
2) General Safety Course for the Movie Industry.

Credential will be mailed within 15 days of course completion.


Saturday, February 7

11:30 AM Check-in
Noon – 4 PM IATSE 918 “Set Ready” Training Course
Instructor (Local 918): Maya Salganek
Head of Film Program
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Sunday, February 8

8 AM Check-in
8:30 AM – 5:30 PM IATSE 918 General Safety Course for the Movie Industry
Breakfast + Lunch includedLead Instructor: Jeff Biedenbach
Local 918 Instructor: Eric Lizer
Local 918 Instructor: Cedar Cussins

Whittier Tunnel Times

  • Saturday, February 7
    7:30AM, 8:30AM, 9:30AM, 10:30AM
  • Sunday, February 8


For course questions please call:

  • Erin Buckley
    Studio Institute Global
  • D.K. Johnston
    [email protected]
    Studio Institute Global Site Coordinator