Classes will be led by industry experts and prepare students for
paid positions in Michigan’s growing film industry
DETROIT, December 2, 2010 – The Stautzenberger Institute (SI), an Allen Park, Mich.-based nationally accredited provider of occupational education, in association with S3 Entertainment Group (S3), a Ferndale, Mich.-based production company and a premier liaison in bringing film productions into Michigan, announced the addition of the new SI Film Industry Training (FIT) classes to its curriculum beginning December 13, 2010. Roger Kidd, vice president of business development for SI, made the announcement.
Following the success of S3’s FIT Film Industry Training program that launched in 2008, SI has entered into an agreement with S3 to bring its proven curriculum to SI’s growing metro Detroit campus located at 16630 Southfield Road in Allen Park. S3 has trained over 500 Michigan residents to work in the film industry and has over a 90 percent job placement rate for its FIT graduates.
“As an accredited institute focused on occupational education, we take great pride in our ability to provide our students with the best opportunities available for employment after graduation,” said Kidd. “The Michigan film industry is growing and by adding these courses to our already successful curriculum, we are increasing the chances that more of our graduates will find employment in an in-demand career field. S3’s proven success with training students to be career ready after taking the Film Industry Training course makes them the perfect team to educate our students.”
The FIT classes will now be offered through SI and taught at the SI campus and SI/S3 Studios in Allen Park. The classes will be instructed by film industry experts from S3 and highly qualified guest speakers and will provide an introduction to Film Special FX, a Film Industry Overview, Grip/Electric/Generator Operator instruction, Introduction to the Film Art Department, Introduction to Film Production Accounting and Introduction to the Camera Department.
Students will work hand in hand with S3’s experienced film industry professionals to develop a working knowledge of the jobs available in Michigan’s rapidly emerging feature film industry, as well as the skills necessary to work efficiently in these areas. In addition to classroom training, students will work in a realistic setting inside the SI/S3 Studios. At the conclusion of these two-week, 40-hour training courses, graduates will be presented with internship opportunities in the film industry. S3 has previously placed graduates in a variety of professional, paid positions on sets and behind the scenes of Michigan movies and television shows, including Scream 4, Transformers 3, Detroit 1-8-7 and most every other film that has shot in the Detroit area. Many SI FIT grads will also be given priority to work on The Wannabes, the Michigan-based T V series, starring Radio Disney sensation Savvy, which currently airs in 60 countries and is expected to continue production of its third and fourth seasons inside in the SI/S3 Studios.
“We are very excited to embark on our association with Stautzenberger Institute,” said S3 Managing Partner Jeffrey Spilman. “The school’s accreditation and interest in the film industry, as well as the addition of the SI/S3 Studios space that can accommodate productions immediately, makes this an exciting atmosphere to prepare students for the in demand jobs available in the growing film and television industries in Michigan.”
If you are interested in the SI FIT program, please attend an information session at SI on Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. or Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. For more information, please visit www.sitoday.com or www.filmindustrytraining.com.
About Stautzenberger Institute
The Stautzenberger Institute is a nationally accredited provider of occupation education. Stautzenberger Institute takes pride in being able to offer students a variety of industry classes with the advantage of real world training from professionals in the fields of massage therapy, personal fitness, medical technologies and entertainment. For more information, please visit www.sitoday.com.
About S3 Entertainment Group
S3 Entertainment Group (S3) is a Michigan-based production company and a premier liaison in bringing film productions into Michigan. With offices in metro Detroit and Los Angeles, S3 serves as a gateway to help filmmakers get everything that they need in Michigan to have a successful production experience. S3 has been responsible for servicing Michigan’s film industry since the Michigan Film Tax Incentive was introduced in 2008. The company has played a major role in providing services to many large-scale Michigan-based productions, including The Irishman, Gran Torino, and The Wannabes and manages S3 Studios in Madison Heights, Mich. For more information, please visit www.S3eg.com.
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