University of Georgia Now Offers a Course for Aspiring Directors, Screenwriters and Producers

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The University of Georgia (UGA) has partnered with the Georgia Film Academy for a film production course.

It’s not a secret, some of Hollywood’s biggest movies film in Georgia including Black Panther, Avengers, and The Hunger Games. Now, a new off-campus production course will be offered to help students gain experience in the film industry.

“I’ve always had a place in my heart for writing, and I think more recently I’ve realized I really enjoy the idea of writing for film [so I can] flex a different creative muscle [with this class],” said journalism major Alex Perrone, who is considering taking the course, told Red and Black.com.

The Entertainment and Media Studies major within the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication has collaborated with the Georgia Film Academy for a new opportunity for UGA students to learn about the TV and film industry.

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“Seminar in Media Arts (EMST 5990) opens for registration Nov. 2 for the Spring 2019 semester. The class counts for six elective credit hours and meets every Friday from 10:10-4:25 p.m. at OFS Production Studio in Norcross, about an hour’s drive from Athens,” according to reports.

The first class will have up to 25 starts available and will be lead by faculty member Dan Kelly. All students are eligible to register for the course. However, they must have permission from EMST department chair Jay Hamilton before registering.

“I would also suggest meeting with your academic adviser before signing up for the course since the time is so odd,” Hamilton said. “You want to make sure that students have room in their schedule and that they have room in their program in terms of electives.”

The Georgia Film Academy has their very own Production Certification that any student who is enrolled in partner schools in the University System of Georgia and the Technical System of Georgia can complete. The new on-set film production course will only be for UGA students. The course is geared toward students who are interested in becoming screenwriters, directors and producers.

“This is a class kind of in the nuts and bolts of on-set film production. It’s what film and TV people call below-the-line set of skills,” Hamilton said. “They’re more kind of a hands-on craft.”

“[GFA] has been building this below-the-line capacity already, but what they have yet to figure out is how to build the above-the-line capacity. This class is meant to help tap UGA talent to start to build the above-the-line capacity,” Hamilton said.

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