GFA - Georgia Film Academy

GFA 1000 Introduction to On-Set Film Production (6-0-6) 

Introduces students to the skills used in on-set film production, including all forms of narrative media which utilize film-industry standard organizational structure, professional equipment, and on-set procedures.

GFA 2000 Film & Television Production Internship (2-12-6) 

Upon successful completion of GFA 1000: Introduction to On-Set Film Production and one GFA specialty craft course, the GFA Film & Television Production Internship course is a 6-credit hour option as part of the 18 credit hours needed for the Georgia Film Academy Certification Program. The course is designed to provide students with a basic level of on-set film production skills, knowledge, and experience with film-industry standards, organizational structure, professional equipment, and on-set procedures by giving students hands-on experience on the sets and offices of working film productions and businesses. Students will also have an opportunity to network and build resumes in order to help market themselves with the intention of integrating into the film industry as entry-level workers. This course is by application only and is not guaranteed to anyone.

GFA 2010 Set Construction & Scenic Painting (6-0-6) 

Set Construction & Scenic Painting is designed to equip students with entry-level skills and knowledge of set construction for the film and television industry. Students will participate in goal-oriented class projects including mood-boards, drafting, reading blueprints, architectural models, set safety, use of power tools, carpentry, and scenic paint. Students will ultimately work on a final team project that will give them hands-on experience from concept to completion, solving real world problems. Emphasis will be placed on set etiquette, including but not limited to, attitude, professionalism, and technique on and off set.

Prerequisite(s): GFA 1000

GFA 2020 Lighting & Electric (6-0-6) 

Lighting & Electric is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge of electrical distribution and set lighting on a motion picture or episodic television set in order to facilitate their entry and advancement in the film business. Students will participate in goal-oriented class projects including power distribution, set protocol and etiquette, properly setting lamps, how to light a set to feature film standards, motion picture photography, etc. Upon completion of this course, the student will have a very solid and broad base of knowledge that includes, but is not limited to, the equipment, techniques, communications, specifications, department lingo, etc. used in the set lighting department. The student will also have an understanding of the behavior of light and how to manipulate and control it to feature film standards.

Prerequisite(s): GFA 1000

GFA 2030 Grip & Rigging (6-0-6) 

Grip & Rigging is an introduction and orientation to the practice of rigging and supporting grip equipment, cameras, vehicles, and other physical/mechanical devices. This class is designed to move cameras from beyond sticks and lights from beyond stands. In addition to gaining a thorough knowledge of the equipment used in grip and rigging, students will engage in on-set exercises in inventory, maintenance, set-up, trouble-shooting, teamwork, set protocol, and safety. The purpose of this course is to prepare students to work on a motion picture production set. As such, student responsibilities are matched to the responsibilities of a team member on a production set as closely as possible.

Prerequisite(s): GFA 1000

GFA 2050 Introduction to Special Makeup Effects (6-0-6) 

This course teaches entry-level skills and industry-standard knowledge in practical Special Effects (SFX) Make Up for film and television production. Hands-on instruction covers fabrication, material safety, casting materials, professional make-up, sculpting, airbrushing, and design. Students will also attend open lab sessions to get more repetitious practice in order to refine their special FX make-up creation skills.

Prerequisite(s): GFA 1000 with a minimum grade of C

GFA 2060 Production Accounting & Office Management (6-0-6) 

Introductory course teaches fundamentals of working in production office or accounting department in the film and television industry.

Prerequisite(s): GFA 1000 with a minimum grade of C

GFA 3010 Production Design I (6-0-6) 

An introduction to the process of film and television production design. The course involves experiential learning components. Assigned projects provide hands-on industry relevant experience.

Prerequisite(s): GFA 1000 with a minimum grade of C

GFA 3020 Motion Picture Set Lighting I (6-0-6) 

An introduction to skills and knowledge of electrical distribution and set lighting on a motion picture or episodic television set. The course involves experiential learning components. Assigned projects provide hands-on industry relevant experience.

Prerequisite(s): GFA 1000 with a minimum grade of C

GFA 3040 Intro to Editing with Avid Media Composer 100 (6-0-6) 

This course provides Avid-based activities designed to increase technical proficiency necessary to pass Avid certification exams. Course curriculum provides overview of the editing process, tools, project organization, digital file codecs, audio sample rate, color grading, and troubleshooting. Additionally, the course focuses on the professional work environment processes for picture editing, audio mixing, audio effects, visual effects, color correction, and digital file delivery.

Prerequisite(s): GFA 1000 with a minimum grade of C

GFA 3140 Introduction to Sound Design with Avid Pro Tools 100 (6-0-6) 

This course provides underlying theory and practical applications in sound engineering designed to train and certify students for digital post production editing in the entertainment industry. Upon completion of this course, the student will be ready to enter the film industry as a working digital audio technician and/or assistant digital audio technician. Additionally, the student will have the opportunity to achieve globally recognized certification in Avid ProTools 100 level.

Prerequisite(s): GFA 1000 with a minimum grade of C

GFA 4000 Film & Television Production Internship / Preceptorship (2-12-6) 

Provides students with on-set television film production skills, knowledge, and experience with film-industry standard organizational structure, professional equipment, and on-set procedures. Additionally, the course places students in on set environments where they work with industry professionals as they build both industry knowledge and professional networks. Students are also required to complete essential Safety Training (OSHA), Self-Evaluations, and a Guest Speaker Lecture Series. Students write an essay paper that outlines long-term career strategies.

Prerequisite(s): GFA 1000 with a minimum grade of C

GFA 4010 Production Design II (2-20-6) 

This course is designed to provide students advanced production design skills working with design concepts using predetermined scripts. Students will implement their roles as crew members of the art department and develop working relationships with other crew members, throughout the phases of production. Upon completion of the course, students will have a camera-ready and fully dressed set on which GFA film classes can shoot.

Prerequisite(s): GFA 1000 with a minimum grade of C and GFA 3010

GFA 4020 Motion Picture Set Lighting II (2-20-6) 

This course is designed to provide students opportunities to participate in production scenarios working with lighting plots, location scouting, managing a crew, achieving proper exposure for camera settings, and aesthetic stylization. Specific focus is given to common lighting design productions that call for ability to rig, manipulate and control lighting required for common day / night lighting all the way to lighting to feature film standards. Film Production Nexus Pathway Course.

Prerequisite(s): GFA 1000 with a minimum grade of C and GFA 3020

GFA 4040 Advanced Editing with Avid Media Composer 200 (6-0-6) 

This course is designed to provide advanced editing training using utilizing Media Composer. With successful course completion and passing the embedded AVID Media Composer Professional Editing 1 (MC 20)1 and Media Composer Professional Editing II (MC 210), students can earn the Avid Certified Professional in Media Composer. Film Nexus Pathway course

Prerequisite(s): GFA 1000 with a minimum grade of C and GFA 3040

GFA 6000 GFA Proseminar in Film and Television Production for Key Creatives (1-6-4) 

This foundational GFA course reinforces appropriate on-set procedures for Key Creative positions (i.e., Producer, Director, Director of Photography, Production Designer, Screenwriter and/or Editor) and provides them opportunities to utilize industry-standard equipment.

GFA 6010 GFA Art Direction for Production Design in Film and Television I (1-6-4) 

In this course, students assume leadership roles from design concept to producing a predetermined script. In this environment, students learn the roles of the art department and their working relationships with other crew members, production phases and on-set production. Upon course completion, students will have a camera-ready set on which future classes can shoot.

GFA 6020 GFA Camera & LIghting for Cinematographers (1-6-4) 

This course equips students with the skills and knowledge of electrical distribution and set lighting on a motion picture or episodic television set in order to facilitate their entry and advancement in the film business. Students will participate in location scouting to ascertain all resources needed – equipment, manpower and time-- and will choose a numerous-scene script they will light and “shoot” as a creative team.

GFA 6040 GFA Post-Production For Storytellers I (1-6-4) 

Course showcases industry standard workflows and best practices in film and television post production for editing in Avid Media Composer. Editing techniques focus on technical skills for implementing a creative vision at a professional level, from media organizational structure to completed deliverables.