Construction approved for Georgia Film Academy in Fayetteville

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 2:00pm Ben Nelms A new Georgia Film Academy in Fayetteville is set to open…

Georgia (Dec 4, 2015)

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Wed, 11/25/2015 - 2:00pm Ben Nelms

A new Georgia Film Academy in Fayetteville is set to open in January. Following in February will be the completion of a 15,000 sq. ft. soundstage for student use to be located adjacent to the Pinewood Production Centre on Sandy Creek Road. Nov. 17 by the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission, architect Bill Foley said plans include having the 15,000 sq. ft. soundstage building ready in February. The soundstage will have an elevation of 47 feet, though it will not be visible from Sandy Creek Road and will not be seen from nearby Veterans Parkway, Foley said. Other plans include additional landscaping and the ability to convert the production centre area from septic to city sewer when needed, said Foley. …

The new film academy will open its doors in January and, according to its Executive Director Jeff Stepakoff, the intent is to offer for-credit courses in conjunction with the University System of Georgia (USG) and the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) along with continuing education course work.

“There is tremendous support and interest in the film academy,” said Stepakoff, a professor of film and television writing at Kennesaw State University who has been involved in producing, writing and content creation for both television and motion pictures.

Stepakoff said industry partners, such as Pinewood Atlanta, are integral to the film academy’s goals and intent.

“We’re very excited about the potential,” Stepakoff said. “We’re excited about putting Georgians to work on soundstages and on the set.”


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