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Southern Crescent eyes film program

Georgia is rapidly earning the reputation of being the Hollywood of the South and film projects worth more than $4 billion are operating through the Georgia Film Tax Credit System. Southern Crescent Technical College is prepared to leap into the breach to train area residents for future employment in the state’s burgeoning film industry. SCTC has written the curriculum for the first five Georgia Film Institute technical certificate programs and has submitted them to the state for final approval which it expects to receive by the first of May. Scott Votaw, who opened the Fine Arts Center for the Lamar school system, will run the film program at SCTC. ”The Georgia Dept. of Economic Development projects dramatic growth in production expenditures which could top $12 billion over the next few years. With the increased production comes an increase in demand for trained film and TV production personnel. Georgia has tapped out its supply of trained personnel and those jobs are going to folks migrating in from out of state. We want to train Georgians for those jobs and that is why we have piloted the Georgia Film Institute,” Votaw said. Votaw and other SCTC personnel are working with those in the film industry to prepare the program curriculum. “Our goal is to provide training that will give our students the competitive edge when applying for entry level production positions in a diverse and competitive marketplace,” he added. SCTC will host a ‘Behind the Scenes’ look at the film industry in Georgia which will include a question and answer session for prospective students on April 30 beginning at 3 p.m. For more information, call 770.228.7386.

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