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Clayton State hires new Film and Media Center Director, launches certificate program


Clayton State University is taking major steps to be a leader in Georgia’s $7 billion film industry and filling a gap for individuals who want to create their own independent projects.

The University’s Film and Digital Media Center announced the hiring of a new director and the launch a Film and Digital Media Certificate program for fall 2017.

Glynn Beard will lead efforts to revamp the Center’s film and digital media programming to be relevant for industry demands.

“There’s a window of opportunity in content creation,” he says. “I want to see the next generation of films shot in Georgia, written Georgia, with Georgia writers and producers.”

Beard is an award-winning independent filmmaker for the last 20 years. The Vancouver, Canada native had been a staple at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival since its inception in 1984, initially submitted three shorts to film event in the late 80s.

Beard debuted his first feature film, Murdered, in 1993 at the film festival, followed by a second feature, The Crier, in 1994.

Beard brings extensive film education to his new role. He began teaching film at Brooks Institute of Photography in 1992, eventually he became the Chair of the Motion Picture major. In 2000, he was promoted to Program Director in 2000 to oversee the development of a new film Bachelor’s degree program.

Beard has also taught production courses at the University of California Santa Barbara, conducted community outreach workshops and served as a visiting guest artist at several film festivals in both Canada and the United States.

Beard says the certificate program is designed to train up-and-coming content creators who can enter the independent media industry as entry-level technicians and/or content creators who develop and produce their own film and television productions.

The new program curriculum will allow students to study in one or more concentrations of writing, production and/or post-production.

“Our mission is to help educate the next-generation of filmmakers,” says Glynn Beard, who was recently hired on as the director of the Film and Digital Media Center.

The certificate will give students a well-rounded skill set to be able to work in both “above the line” and “below the line” positions in the film and media industry. Students will be exposed to instruction in all phases of production—from developing story concept and filmmaking to promotion and screening.

Rigorous coursework trains students in technical, craft and storytelling methods including screenwriting, producing, directing, lighting, set design, cinematography, editing, sound mixing and mastering.

Graduates of the program will possess a foundational understanding of the business, advertising and promotional side of film. Equal emphasis will be placed on understanding storytelling and incorporating technical craft to support the story of a film. Upon completion, students are equipped to pitch, develop and produce their own projects.

Classes will be taught at Clayton State University’s main campus in Morrow and at the University’s film studio at Lucy Huie Hall in Jonesboro.

The Film and Digital Media Center is hosting an open house for interested students on July 15 from 1p.m. to 3 p.m. at Lucy Huie Hall, 9013 Tara Blvd. Jonesboro, GA 30236. Register here.


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