HOUSTON COUNTY, Ga. — Lights, camera, action! Houston County high school students now have everything they need to make some quality TV magic.

"Editing, directing, working audio. Learning how to work well in front of a camera, learning how to write scripts using screenwriter format," said Perry High School junior Canah Bellflower.

"Newscasts, a couple of music videos, and interviews, and then a little photography stuff with the green screen," said Veterans High School senior Zavion Tellis.

Bellflower and Tellis are two of the 30 students in the Houston County Career Academy's first audio, video, technology and film program.

"Middle Georgia [has] so many different films and television shows coming to this area and what we want is for students to have that opportunity to grab those jobs," instructor Candace Hollingshed said.

"We have everything from the tricaster system, which is a video streaming system that teaches students about what it is to work in a control room of a station. They also have cameras and tripods...systems in the studio which resemble what it is like in a real news station," Hollingshed said.

Principal Sabrina Phelps says they combined two classrooms for the studio. The equipment cost around $70,000 through local and state money. 

Bellflower is grateful they're investing in Georgia's future filmmakers.

"I think the school system is kind of starting to figure out that this could really help our area by improving our audio and visual tech skills," Bellflower said.

This program is one of the 19 career pathways Houston County students can choose.

The school hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday at 10 a.m. that features film industry speakers and a tour of the studio.


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