COMPASS Workforce Members are the Florida men and women
who work in feature film and television production.
They are consistently ranked among the very best technicians in the country.
However, these highly trained men and women are under constant pressure to relocate to other parts of the country where work opportunities are abundant.
To continue to grow the Florida crew base and train the next generation of Florida filmworkers, it is essential that we generate Florida production and create more in-state work opportunities as rapidly as possible.
Hollywood producers insist on hiring crews for their feature film and television productions that are highly trained and safety consciousness. These specialty workers are predominantly found in the ranks of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the Directors Guild of America, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, SAG-AFTRA, the International Alliance of Fire Fighters, and other nationwide labor organizations.
ICG Local 600
International Cinematographers Guild Local 600 represents the most talented camera professionals and publicists in the world. The technicians and artisans in ICG Local 600 are the creators of the visual images on the big screen, our television screens, and our computer screens. ICG Local 600 members – Directors of Photography, Camera Operators and Assistants, Visual Effects Supervisors, Digital Imaging Technicians, Still Photographers, Publicists and more – are part of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.
IATSE Local 477
From Pensacola to Jacksonville to Orlando, Tampa, Miami and the Keys, the over 800 members of Local 477 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees are the backbone of Florida’s crew base: Grips, Lighting Technicians, Construction Personnel, Propmakers, Scenic Painters, Special Effects Technicians, Wardrobe, Greens, Prop Masters and Assistants, Craft Service Providers, Medical Technicians, Marine and Diving Specialists, Armorers, Animal Wranglers, Studio Teachers and more.
IBT Local 769
Local Union 769 of The International Brotherhood of Teamsters maintains a “film roster” of drivers who are specially trained and qualified to work on motion picture sets. On all productions in South Florida, the honey wagon, wardrobe trailer, camera truck and hair/make-up trailer, all the stakebeds and star trailers, the prop truck, grip and electric trailers – everything on wheels – is driven by a professional driver from IBT Local Union 769.
IAFF Local 1403
International Association of Fire Fighters members have been part of the Florida movie and television family for a long time. Metro Dade IAFF Local 1403 firefighters serve on fire watch squads and as paramedics and safety divers on most productions that film in South Florida, which gives visiting producers complete confidence that they have the most highly trained, experienced and capable men and women protecting their cast and crew at all times.
IATSE Local 798
Local 798 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees represents professional Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists in motion picture and theatre production. Established by 16 artists in 1949, Local 798 now has a membership exceeding 1200 in a jurisdiction that covers the East Coast from Maine to Florida.
IATSE Local 161
Local 161 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees represents the men and women who work in motion picture production as Script Supervisors, Production Office Coordinators, Assistant Production Office Coordinators, Production Accountants, Assistant Production Accountants, and Payroll Accountants, and covers the East Coast of the U.S.
IBT Local 79
From Citrus to Collier counties, Tampa-based IBT Local 79 has been representing a growing membership since 1936. The drivers on Local 79’s film roster not only handle every motion picture production on Florida’s busy West Coast, but they also provide additional drivers for their sister locals anyplace else in the state.