A/V film instructor Reed Burkett is providing instruction to students at the College & Career Academy at South Learning Center. With over 100 students, the A/V film program has the most extensive enrollment in the Career Academy.
A Georgia native, Burkett graduated from Valdosta State University and moved to California to work in the film industry. “I worked for the ABC TV series, ‘The Goldbergs,’ and on NBC pilots, he says. “I also managed green screen production at Nickelodeon.” Georgia’s growing film industry drew Burkett back.
Georgia’s film industry generated a $9.5 billion economic impact in fiscal 2017, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The state also ranks third, behind California and New York, for film production. While filmmaking is booming in Georgia, post-production is not. Producers generally edit their films in California and New York. That’s why Burkett’s instruction is so critical to preparing his students for the workforce.
The College & Career Academy’s A/V program gives students exposure to the film industry. “Ideally, we want to gear our students toward skills that will get them jobs,” he says. “For example, we are teaching Adobe Premiere, the film industry standard for editing and post-production. We hope to get our students certified in this software.”
Banneker High senior Jessica Dean is one of the students training for the jobs of the future. “She has taken A/V film 1,2, and 3,” he says. “When she comes in now, all she does is practice. She works as part of a team and students help each other.”
Internships, paid and unpaid, are on Burkett’s wish list for the program. “If we can get more students internships, we’re putting them in a position to talk to professionals,” he says. “Ideally, this can lead to jobs.”
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