Augusta Tech Film Program Seeks to Deepen Crew Talent Pool | Georgia News

By JOE HOTCHKISS, The Augusta Chronicle

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Augusta Complex University President Jermaine Whirl would like to see his students’ names on the silver screen.

“I generally notify learners: If you think about the conclusion of a motion picture and you see all those people credits, all these names, this is making ready you to do a single of people careers,” he claimed.

Starting off in January, Augusta Tech will companion with the Georgia Film Academy to supply area lessons to improve the quantity and top quality of space movie crew customers.

The school will offer GFA’s movie and television certification system, a 3-training course, 18-hour noncredit plan of review. Graduates of the GFA application come across it much easier to attain employment on a motion picture established, Whirl stated.

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“And they get paid incredibly perfectly,” he extra. “You’re conversing about hundreds of hundreds of dollars’ worthy of of machines, and your capability of what to do and what not to do is extremely significant, specifically on a motion picture established in which time is income.”

For the earlier number of a long time, the Augusta region has been drawing amplified focus from movie producers at significant studios and lesser unbiased outfits. Most lately, crews have been spotted about city shooting scenes for the forthcoming baseball biopic “The Hill,” starring Dennis Quaid.

“There are so quite a few assets and landmarks that make Augusta interesting for film,” Whirl explained. “But our biggest prohibitor for development has been, seriously, talent.”

Independent movie crews would continue to keep telling Jennifer Bowen, film liaison for Film Augusta, that the region needs a deeper talent pool of sound and lighting experts, electricians and carpenters, Whirl said.

A neighborhood that can guarantee completely ready-to-perform crew users commonly attracts much more filmmakers — and their local financial impact.

Talks with Bowen led Augusta Tech to IndieGrip, a small business on Gordon Freeway that rents film machines and arranges positions for professional local professionals. IndieGrip has agreed to offer its services for fingers-on instruction.

Whirl following satisfied with Jeffrey Stepakoff, executive director of the GFA.

“His No. 1 dilemma was, ‘Is the area ready for it?’” Whirl reported.

A couple a long time in the past, it wasn’t — the GFA felt the range of film productions coming to Augusta was way too very low to prolong its lessons to the location.

About 3 months in the past, quite a few dozen place leaders in govt, academia and company gathered to discuss about very long-phrase regional goals with the film business. A subsequent pitch to the GFA resonated with its leaders.

A GFA teacher commuting from Atlanta will teach lessons in Augusta from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays.

Following the courses are firmly recognized, Whirl envisions a long term where by at minimum just one film is remaining filmed in Augusta for every quarter. Lots of studios and networks are offering Augusta a second search, like Dc, Netflix, HBO, Showtime, “and Marvel has been right here numerous instances,” he said.

“I really do not assume this is a a person-time matter,” Whirl stated. “If we get started to mature a talent pool below, we can seriously hold these movies coming.”

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