GPTC offers production assistant program for film/TV industry jobs

Eric Morton

Ever imagined working on a movie or television production set? Would you know what to get if you were asked for a C47, or a call sheet? What is a video village? Georgia Piedmont Technical College is offering a new Production Assistant (PA) continuing education class aimed at training a workforce for Georgia’s burgeoning film/TV industry.

GPTC will provide this new course beginning September 14, 2015. Taught by Eric Morton, a film/TV production veteran with approximately 20 years’ experience, the course will combine hands-on instruction with classroom lectures. Upon completion of the course, participants will have an understanding of set etiquette, the stages of production, and how to interact effectively with industry personnel.

“The Georgia Department of Economic Development estimates that feature film and television productions in the state generated an economic impact of more than $6 billion during fiscal 2015,” said Georgia Piedmont Technical College President Dr. Jabari Simama. “This class complements our Design Media Production Technology curriculum, which is one of our most sought-after programs of study. I’m so pleased we are able to offer this course for individuals who have an interest in working on film and television productions. There’s a significant demand for knowledgeable production assistants, and their skills help to ensure that productions run smoothly.”

The production assistant course will be offered on two of Georgia Piedmont’s campuses. The courses are scheduled on Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Newton campus, 8100 Bob Williams Parkway, Covington, Georgia. And Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Georgia. For a cost of $649, students will receive 48 hours of coursework and 16 hours onsite production days.

To register for this eight-week class, please call 404-297-9522, ext. 1121, or email

Eric Morton has approximately 20 years of experience working on major movie projects and independent film productions. He has served as a producer, director, and assistant director. His experience includes script analysis, production management, scheduling, and marketing and distribution.

Established in 1961, Georgia Piedmont Technical College is one of the top technical colleges in Georgia. The college has 10 learning centers in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale and Morgan counties.

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