And it isn’t what you think!
For the past 6 months, I have been working with Pasha Souverin, the head of the Gwinnett County High School video production program to open up OWC Studios to high school students who want an opportunity to film at a studio, and not just at their schools or on location. There are 28 schools in the Gwinnett County school system and Pasha leads the curriculum for those schools.
Now the state of Georgia has a program for college students called Georgia Film Academy. This program helps college students with courses that help them prepare for working in Georgia’s huge film industry. And while high school students can take courses in video production, we hope that we can expand these opportunities by allowing them to use a studio with sets and develop a mentor program with local professionals.
Well, the first production has been using the studio the last two weeks and while short (under 10 minutes I am told), it is about students filming on an unfinished starship set! Pasha and I have been meeting about how we go about making the program a high school version of Georgia Film Academy. And we have our first few professionals already interested in being part of the program.
We will keep you all posted as the program progresses!