The demand for trained workers to meet the needs of Georgia’s rapidly expanding film industry is growing literally every month, as indicated in, among other places, area news media. The state’s only film crew training program at Clayton State University is offering a new set of courses in a new studio starting June 15; a program designed to provide that training.
“We are very excited to be able to offer our program in the state’s only sound stage dedicated to film crew training,” says Barton Bond, director of the Film and Digital Media Center at Clayton State. “We just opened our studio May 12, and we have already shot part of a pilot with an independent producer who used our students as crew. We will begin teaching our Digital Film Technical courses there in mid-June.”
Clayton State will be hosting an information session about the program in the studio, located at in Lucy Huie Hall, 9013 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro, Ga., on Saturday, June 6, starting at 10 a.m. Additional information can be found at www.clayton.edu/film-and-digital-media or by calling (678) 466-5112.
As of the end of the spring term, 170 students had participated in the Film and Digital Media Center program since its February 2014 inception. Bond also reports that his students have worked on “Ant-Man,” “The Walking Dead,” “Divergent” and another film shooting at Pinewood Studios in Peachtree City.
“In addition, we have another 20 plus students who are working elsewhere in the local film industry,” adds Bond.
The 10,000 square foot studio is designed specifically for film production and includes green and white wall backgrounds, a 50 foot square by 15 foot high lighting grid, sound insulation, 20 foot high by 30 foot wide hangar doors and space for prop storage and construction. In addition, there are rooms for hair, make-up and wardrobe, food service, production meetings, and parking spaces for 200 vehicles.
“Our intention in designing the building was to have a space as much like a professional sound stage as possible so our students can have the experience of working in the type of facility they will find when they get into the film industry,” Bond continues. “We have the only space like this in the state and one of only a few in the country.”
The Digital Film Technical Training Program includes two back-to-back 12-week classes, and is designed to train students to be able to get into the state’s film union – IATSE 479.
“The union is one of our training partners,” says Bond.
Directions to Clayton State’s Film Studio:
If using GPS, input 9151 Tara Boulevard. Our facility is located next to the Clayton County Justice Center.
From Atlanta: Take I-75 Southbound to exit 235 (Griffin/Jonesboro, Tara Boulevard/19-41). Tara Boulevard is 3 lanes on the southbound side until the Hwy. 54 intersection where the right lane becomes exit only (QuikTrip at intersection). Continue south to the next traffic light past Hwy. 54. Turn right on Deputy Rick Daly Memorial Blvd. The Film Studio will be on your right.
From Fayetteville: Take Hwy. 54 to the intersection with Tara Boulevard/19-41. Turn right onto Tara Boulevard. At the next traffic light, turn right on Deputy Rick Daly Memorial Blvd. The Film Studio will be on your right.
From McDonough: Take I-75 North to exit 221 (Jonesboro Road). Turn left on to Jonesboro Road. Follow Jonesboro Road until it dead ends into Hastings Bridge Road in Lovejoy. Turn right on to Hastings Bridge Road, traveling over the bridge to the traffic light. Turn right on to Tara Boulevard & travel northbound to the 4th traffic light. Turn left on Deputy Rick Daly Memorial Blvd. The Film Studio will be on your right.
From Stockbridge: Travel West on 138E. Proceed to Tara Boulevard/ 19-41. Turn left on to Tara Boulevard to the 5th traffic light. Turn right onto Deputy Rick Daly Memorial Blvd. The Film Studio will e on your right.
From Riverdale: Travel East on 138W to Tara Boulevard/ 19-41. Turn right on to Tara Boulevard to the 5th traffic light . Turn right onto Deputy Rick Daly Memorial Blvd. The Film Studio will be on your right.
From Griffin: Take Tara Boulevard/19-41 & travel North. After crossing the Clayton County line, go to the 5th traffic light. Turn left onto Deputy Rick Daly Memorial Blvd. The Film Studio will be on your right.