KSU professor chosen to head new Georgia Film Academy

by Brittini Ray August 31, 2015 12:13 AM MARIETTA — Cobb County’s role in making…

Georgia (Aug 31, 2015)MARIETTA — Cobb County’s role in making Georgia a premier film production hub grew a little bigger this month as Jeff Stepakoff, Kennesaw State University film and TV writing professor, was named director of the Georgia Film Academy. 

The academy, which opened Aug. 1, is part of a collaborative effort between the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia to provide specialized education and training in film production.

The program will serve as portal for industry officials to find skilled workers, according to Stepakoff. The partnership will help companies to connect with qualified workers, while cultivating Georgia’s status as a “homegrown industry,” he said. 

“When a studio or production company is considering Georgia as a production location, they will work with the office to quickly identify and hire qualified crew for their shoot,” Stepakoff said. “The Georgia Film Academy will play a central role in the growth of a sustainable and permanent industry in our state. The office will be a one-stop shop for film and television production hiring needs, as well as a system-wide clearinghouse for student internships and entry-level, on-set opportunities. The office will be very proactive in its networking to identify crew needs at all levels of production. It’ll be a unique feature of our state.” …


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by Brittini Ray
August 31, 2015 12:13 AM



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