Atlanta looks to create stronger film workforce with program

Posted at 4:22 PM, Oct 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-16 16:22:00-04

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta has launched a film training program for residence in hopes of creating more experienced workers in the state's growing television and motion picture industry.

Mayor Kasim Reed said in the statement that the City of Atlanta Entertainment Training Program should help improve the development of local workers. The program will focus on job crafts including animation, cinematography, post production, visual effect, editing and makeup.

The mayor's office says the program went through a pilot stage before the launch, which was announced Thursday. Trainees have worked on film sets including "Sleepy Hollow" and "Zoe Ever After."

The film industry in Georgia has generated $6 billion in economic impact with more than 23,000 residence employed so far this year. More than 250 productions have been filmed in Georgia this year.