Georgia College one of five universities partnered with Georgia Film Academy
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- Georgia College now offers a class in film making to prepare students for the state's growing movie industry.
In 2008, Governor Sonny Perdue created a tax incentive to bring in more film to the state in order to create jobs and revenue.
Georgia now ranks third in the nation in film making, behind only California and New York. It's a $7 billion industry.
The state has previously hired workers from Hollywood and New York who know how to operate equipment and create films, but now the Georgia Film Academy trains people from Georgia.
"All of these great films, "Spider Man", and all of these things happening in Atlanta are having to call LA and bring in people who are trained," said Theater and Dance Chair Karen Berman. "They have to pay their airfare and hotels and so forth."
Georgia College is one of only five public universities in the state partnered with the Georgia Film Academy to teach an introduction class to on-set film production.
The class is taught by Bryan Krauss from the Georgia Film Academy and meets every Friday.
Mass Communications student Maggie Foster said the course has made her well-rounded.
"I kind of want to go into assistant directing," Foster said. "A lot of that has to do with scheduling and making sure everybody is communicating. Being on the set, that's the practical side of it, you actually get to do the hands on part."
The students learn about camera operation, lighting and grip and electrical working.
"I look at it as looking for a leadership role for film," said student Jeremy Colwell. "Our teacher Bryan was telling us which job suits us based off our interest. And executive producer was one of mine."
The students have opportunities to intern on movie sets and have access to $100,000 of film equipment.