Film and Digital Media Center. Located on the main campus in the Harry S. Downs Center for Continuing Education building.
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Are textbooks required for GFA classes? The program does not require textbooks. However, every student will be required to have a set of “Production Tools”:
There will be also be a significant number of background and support hand‐outs that students will need to download from the internet.
How long is the GFA certification program and do I have to take both courses? The entire program takes about eight months (32 weeks) to complete. Successful completion of all courses is required to obtain the Georgia Film Academy Certification and a Certificate of Program Completion from the Film and Digital Media Center.
What does the first GFA course cover? The first GFA course assumes no prior experience or knowledge of film production, with a focus on job descriptions, organizational structure and order of operation for on‐set production. The course will build skills in: lighting and electric, grip, art department, make‐up, wardrobe, sound, craft services, locations management, script supervision (continuity). Students will be exposed to the roles and procedures related to camera operation, the AD department, the production office and casting.
How do I get into the film union? There are two locals of the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE) union operating in Georgia: Local 479 (headquartered in Atlanta) covering most of Georgia and Local 491 (headquartered in South Carolina) which covers the Savannah, Georgia area. If you are able to get on recognized working set(s) for a stretch of time (60 days is typical), you can ask a member of the Local to sponsor you for membership, and you will need one to three additional recommendation letters from industry professionals. You then submit your application to the Local along with an application fee and membership dues in advance (from$600‐$840). The general membership then votes on your application.
Does the program provide job placement services? The Georgia Film Academy does provide some job placement assistance for its graduates. Additionally, GFA provides a strong path for students headed for on‐set jobs , including union‐member mentoring, networking opportunities, time on working sets, and the development of a professional portfolio.
Do I have to join the film union to work on film or television projects? If you are a GFA student in the On Set Internship course, no. However, union membership is a strong path to film employment, so upon completion of the certification, it is encouraged to join. Film, television (and increasingly) high‐end web projects negotiate with the national union for labor contracts and with the union local to arrange for crews.
What sorts of jobs will the GFA certification prepare me for?
A. Traditional on‐set film crews.
1. Art Department construction (props, sets, wardrobe)
2. Production Office (accounting, general office, pre‐production)
What is the pay rate for film workers? Hourly rates for professional workers on major film sets (most commonly union members) range from $25 to $32, depending on the budget of the production and the level of the job. Note that most productions operate on a 12‐hour work day, with hours over 8/day paid at time‐and‐a‐half.