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GFA training prepares students for
entry-level jobs in the following
film and TV production categories:

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The Georgia Film Academy team is made up of film and television
professionals with extensive industry experience.

"In the past, most people got into the entertainment
industry because they knew someone who would give
them a foot in the door," Stepakoff says. "In Georgia, our
academy is that foot in the door."

A different kind of organization

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The GFA was created through the collaboration and
resources of the University System of Georgia, the Technical College System of Georgia, government agencies,
private industry and labor unions.
"From the start, it was a different kind of educational
organization, but it works because everyone is passion-

Georgia Film Academy students can choose specialty craft courses
in three areas: lighting and electric; set construction and scenic
painting; or grip and rigging.
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Set production assistant (PA)
Office PA
Art: set dressers, props
Hair, makeup, wardrobe procedures
Sound: mixer, boom operator, utility
Camera: operator, camera assistants
(1st and 2nd)
Electric: on-set lamp operators
Grip: on-set, dolly grip
Locations: managing
Craft services
Script supervision procedures
Video assist

For more information on the Georgia Film
Academy, visit georgiafilmacademy.org.

ate about building a permanent and sustainable industry
here," Stepakoff says.
"We had to design one curriculum that could be
taught in multiple locations around the state [and] accessed through partner universities and technical colleges
and [that] would offer credit toward existing associate or
bachelor's degrees," says Aaron Levy, director of academics, who brought his experience in writing and teaching
educators to the GFA. Simultaneously, it had to meet
industry standards for entry-level, below-the-line production jobs in set design, carpentry, lighting, camera work,
sound, costuming and other fields.
Levy had to find content experts with real industry
experience and support them in their teaching.
"Fortunately, people in this industry want to give
back, and the job opportunities are real for students.
It's not a fairy tale. Those who sign on, learn the hard
and soft skills, and work like crazy can write their own
ticket," he says. When the program was launched in late
2015, industry growth projected 3,000 to 5,000 new jobs
in the next five years, with skilled entertainment workers
earning an average of $84,000 a year.
The GFA offers an 18-hour certificate through 14
partner colleges and universities (and can be taken
as non-credit classes) that includes a survey course of
below-the-line production roles, a competitive internship
and one or two specialization courses.
"Our students don't just learn the theory. Professionals explain and demonstrate what is expected, and then
students learn by doing the jobs on a replicated sound
stage using industry-grade equipment," Levy says. Those
who successfully complete the course with grades of A
or B compete for paid, 20-day internships on Georgia
productions, which can lead to membership in Georgia's

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