Concentration Helps Dalton State Students Enter Film Industry

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The timing worked out perfectly for Sawyer Locke.

After graduating from Northwest Whitfield High School in 2012, Mr. Locke joined the National Guard and went away to college. While away, his mother and sister were in a serious wreck that left his sister, who was 15 at the time, with a spinal injury and limited mobility.

“I had to come home,” said Mr. Locke. “Dalton State College started offering the four-year communication degree, and I saw they had added a film studies concentration. That is what gave me the motivation to get back into school and apply myself. I knew what I wanted to do.”

Mr. Locke spends one day a week at the Georgia Film Academy, located at the Pinewood Studios in Fayetteville, outside of Atlanta. There he studies the behind-the-scenes of the film industry including lighting, sets, producing, sound, and makeup. He has learned how to conduct himself on set and why there are so many credits following a movie.

The partnership between Dalton State and Georgia Film Academy allows him to stay near family while still pursuing a career in the film industry. Students with the film studies concentration take 18 hours of courses at the Georgia Film Academy. The rest of their program is completed at Dalton State.

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