FastCompany • Oct. 12, 2020
When the British film studio company Pinewood opened a production facility outside Atlanta in 2014, it framed the venture as a one-stop-shop alternative to the mature but spatially fragmented system in Hollywood. With a high-tech media center, soundstages, offices, prop houses, and set builders all colocated, Pinewood Atlanta was a turnkey space for filming.
Today, the Atlanta-based founders of Pinewood Atlanta Studios, one of the largest purpose-built studios in North America and home to blockbuster films like Avengers: Endgame, and Pinewood Forest, a 235-acre New Urbanist town, unveiled a live-work concept called Trilith. This new 935-acre master development includes the studio, now called Trilith Studios, as well as a slate of vendor businesses, custom homes and micro-villages, chef-driven restaurants and thought-leading schools, all aimed at servicing the film and creative industries.
Episode 298: Screenwriter Neil Landau (“Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead”) discusses his new role as director of screenwriting at UGA, why he moved to Georgia and gives tips for writers.
Video of Instagram interview. Georgia Hollywood Review Talks Live with writer/author/UGA Professor Neil Landau. Landau shares how his film “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter is Dead” was his break into the industry and what an exciting program he is anchoring for The University of Georgia’s new Master of Fine Arts in Film, Television and Digital Media.
Looking for an environmentally friendly community where you don’t have to drive everywhere? This new community might just be the answer for you. (And it is next to a large movie studio if show biz is your dream.) The University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and Franklin College of Arts and Sciences has teamed with Pinewood Forest and the Georgia Film Academy, located at the studio, to create a Master of Fine Arts in Film, Television and Digital Media program. During their second year, students will work on capstone projects and internships at the studio while living at Pinewood Forest.
The University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication plans a multi-million dollar studio renovation for its new Master of Fine Arts in Film, Television and Digital Media program. The $3.75 million project, including about $2 million in construction, will be paid for with donated funds, according to information UGA officials submitted to the state Board of Regents in advance of the board’s monthly meeting on Wednesday.
While more creatives are moving and living here, UGA wanted to boost the numbers with a new master program to encourage folks who are interested in writing screenplays or producing TV and film to take that next step.
Dean of UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication Charles Davis said the goal of the program is to grow Georgia’s work force in the film industry beyond just technical professions.
Interview with Dean Charles N. Davis: “In fact there is a crying need for it. As you know film and television production in the state has very rapidly grown into a six and a half billion-dollar industry. There are quite literally, hundreds of productions shooting at any given moment in the state of Georgia.”
This is the only MFA program for film production at a public university in Georgia and will be offered to students at a tuition of other graduate programs at UGA, making it one of the most financially-accessible programs of its caliber in the country.
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