The Art and Commerce of Film

SWAMP’s Business of Film + New Media Conference will now be a series of monthly workshops that will explore the art and commerce of cinema and new media with working industry professionals and filmmakers.

The Business of Film Series is dedicated to strengthening the business, administrative, legal and marketing skills of independent filmmakers and the production team. With the independent film world changing daily, it’s vital to be informed about current trends in the production and distribution of film.

Whether you are an emerging filmmaker or an experienced producer, the Business of Film Series is for you. Filmmaking is a business and film production, documentary or narrative, is a journey that you can’t make effectively or efficiently without dealing with the reality of the business. Learn about the back office aspects of production, such as copyright, contracts, budgeting, insurance, and other essentials.

Experts in the field will talk about current trends as well as the future of independent filmmaking. Meet fellow filmmakers! Discover new resources! It will all be here for you to seize the day and follow your passion.

The next Business of Film and New Media workshop is February 15 & 16, 2020.


Presented by SWAMP & The Texas Film Commission

February 15 & 16, 9 am to 4 pm

@ HCC Spring Branch Campus,  1010 West Sam Houston Pkwy N, Houston, TX 7704

About the Workshop

Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP), in collaboration with The Texas Film Commission, is offering a two-day, introductory Production Assistant (P.A.) Workshop. This certification course teaches the necessary skills for the industry’s entry level position of Production Assistant. You will learn the jargon, terminology, paperwork, etiquette, processes and physical requirements of the job. Taught by active working industry professionals, the workshop develops the skills and flexibility needed to be successful in finding work and building a career.

The P.A. Workshop also creates an opportunity to learn about industry positions beyond the entry level in departments such camera, locations, grip/electric, production, wardrobe, art department, transportation, and accounting. After completing this workshop, students will have learned the job requirements to succeed as a P.A. and realistically visualize a career path working up the latter in the film, television and commercial industries.

Students receive P.A. Workshop Certification by the Texas Film Commission upon completion of the course which entitles students to be listed in the Texas Production Directory as a TFC certified P.A. available at the Texas Film Commission’s website.

About Leora Mohr


Leora Backer Mohr is a DGA 1st Assistant Director. A gifted organizer with an artsy side, her career spans 20 years in award-winning TV, Films, Commercials, and Music Videos. Creative commitment, attention to detail, and collaborative respect are the hallmarks of her approach to every shot.



Lunch Provided
SWAMP Members get $25 discount
Questions? Contact Randee Ramsey at