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Friday, September 19, 2014

New Class Will Look at Careers in the Film Industry

Note: The class has been canceled.

A new class at Washtenaw Community College will explore careers in the film and digital video industry, which is booming in Michigan thanks to economic incentives from the state government.

The non-credit class, “Lights, Cameras, Career: Creating Your Path to the Action,” is designed to cut through the hype that surrounds film industry jobs in Michigan. It will examine everything from the types of positions available in the industry to proper etiquette while working on a set. It also will include exercises to help students develop a personal career map that focuses on assessing skills, experiences, and strengths.

With this personal insight and knowledge gained about the film industry, students will be able to evaluate how they “fit” in various types of film industry jobs. At the end of the three-day class, students will leave knowing if a career in the film and digital video industry is something they want to pursue. And each one will have a personal plan to make informed career decisions for years to come.

Two people will teach the class: WCC faculty member Matt Zacharias and Donna Ryen, a PBS producer and teacher. Between them, they have won nine Emmy awards for their work in television production. Their works have been showcased in film festivals such as Slamdance, South by Southwest, and ResFest.

The class, which costs $189, will run Aug. 17-19 from 9:00am until 4:00pm. To register, go to the LifeLong Learning website and search using keywords in the class title. For more information, contact Victoria Bennett at 734-973-3364 or .

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