Sunday, February 8, 2009

New film studio a boom for local training facilities

By Carol Hopkins | The Oakland Press | February 8, 2009

Jeff Spilman has 300 people on a waiting list to get into film training courses offered through his company and Oakland Community College.

“It’s so exciting for the state and our people who need jobs,” said Spilman, who is the managing partner with Ferndale-based S3 Entertainment Group. “We want to get people to work.”

In the wake of the news last year that Michigan was working to lure the film industry and last week’s announcement that two film studios would be opening in Metro Detroit, there’s a real boomtime around the area for another industry — schools that will train people who want to break into showbiz.

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