Film and Digital Media Center. Located on the main campus in the Harry S. Downs Center for Continuing Education building.
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DIGITAL FILM TECHNICIAN
The Digital Film Technician training program is a two-course program with hands-on experience to introduce you to jobs available in the digital entertainment arena and prepare you to be part of the technical team (film crew) that works on movie and TV productions. We offer evening and day classes. Please see additional pages for dates and prices. Class size limited to 40. Based upon popularity, courses will fill up quickly! Clayton State also offers a number of other training programs for those wanting to learn skills that lead to jobs in the digital entertainment industry. Don’t miss the opportunity to become part of the growing film and TV industry in Georgia! Sign up today!
Digital Film Tech Training I
The course is designed to introduce you to the production aspect of digital media and film. The course is open to those with no background working on-set as well as students with some experience or coursework in digital media. It will deliver a complete basic skill set in the areas of production planning as well as on-set experience in lighting, grip, sound, camera, art, make-up, wardrobe, script supervision, locations, and craft services as well as equipment terminology and set etiquette. You will have the opportunity to hear from professionals in the film and entertainment industry including professional members of IATSE Local 479, the film union/guild.
Classes will be split between lecture and hands-on experience. The course will also explore other career opportunities in new digital media and related course skills to those areas. Students will participate in two all-day Saturday film productions. 104 contact hours
Digital Film Tech II (Prerequisite: Digital Film Tech I)
This course is designed to help students achieve a level of film/media production skills that will promote employability and/or the ability to become independent contractors. It will develop, refine and reinforce students’ skills in the areas of production planning as well as on-set crafts. Students will also learn the role and function of the Director and Assistant Directors (AD department). Classes will focus on pre-production and actual hands-on production of several shooting projects conducted in collaboration with local independent film-makers, commercial and industrial producers, webisode creators, etc.
Successfully becoming a technical crew member is achieved by working on productions-both the independent film projects introduced in class, as well as productions you identify through networking and demonstration of your knowledge and skills. These are unpaid positions that will increasingly build your skill set and your ability to network to build relationships. These relationships lead to additional project experience- and eventually to working as a paid crew member. This course is for those who have determined that working on-set is something they are willing to work hard to attain. This will take a true commitment to constantly working on productions that lead to higher skill levels and constantly networking to build a reputation as a hardworking, dedicated and experienced crew member. As a crew member you will be an independent contractor working from project to project. You must be a “go-getter” to succeed in the business. If you can’t arrange your life to work on one production after another, it will take you a long time to get into the business in a serious way. The higher the level of job and the larger the productions, you begin to interface with film professionals, who then (if you do a good job and exhibit the necessary work ethic) will either take you on at higher levels or get you on larger productions.
With enough experience and skill set, you can consider joining the local union- IATSE Local 479. There are definite benefits associated with joining the union. However, Georgia is a right-to-work state and there is no requirement to join the union.
Students will have opportunities to work on “real” productions, network with and receive mentoring from local production professionals, and be able to add legitimate projects to their resumes. The course will include a film industry safety-training module. Skill sets acquired will assist students in pursuing career opportunities in traditional film and media industries as well as in emerging digital media.
Who would benefit from this course/program? Individuals who:
a) Recently graduated from high school with an interest in and/or course work in digital media
b) Have no background in film or media but are desiring a career change
c) Have some background in digital media or film desiring to improve and/or diversify their skill levels
d) Are college graduates or current college students desiring to gain hands-on skills and experience
Are there and prerequisites? 1) working command of oral and written English; 2) basic math: fractions and decimals. Prerequisite for Film Tech II- must take Film Tech I
Note: Self test of basic math skills SELF TEST
Required course materials: In-class hand-outs and materials to be downloaded; multi-tool (i.e. Leatherman), small flashlight, closed-toed shoes, pocket notebook, work gloves; students will also be able to purchase at an 80% discount two industry standard budgeting and scheduling software packages. No textbook is required.
Program Learning Outcomes: Students should be able to:
Describe in detail an actual digital media/film production process
Demonstrate industry standard set-etiquette
Describe and demonstrate at least two below-the-line jobs on a film set
Demonstrate the use of various pieces of equipment used on film sets at an intermediate level
Registration Info: www.clayton.edu/digital-media-center or call (678) 466-5085
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