The Film Department is the newest department in Local 470. While we have covered film and video work for many years, we have only recently added it as a "special" department. In some jurisdictions film and cinema work form a separate local from "stagehands", but within the jurisdiction of Local 470 they are part of Local 470 and are full members of 470.
Local 470 has voted to have separate membership requirements and testing procedures for members who wish to specialize in film and video work. Members who do so traditionally get first chance at calls for these departments, because they have demonstrated the skills and training necessary to perform tasks within these areas. Many members actually have passed the "general Stagehand" test AND qualified for the "specialty" department. We encourage this; it makes you more employable and a better, more knowledgeable workforce for us when filling calls. Demonstrated expertise is ONE of the criteria used when filling a call for a particular skill set, and achieving "Journeyman" status in a "specialty" department serves to demonstrate those skills.