Avid Continues to Inspire Students at SCAD’s Acclaimed Savannah Film Fest

By in Audio Post, Education, Video Editing

Avid was once again a proud sponsor of the 2016 Savannah Film Festival, a prestigious affair that brings together award-winning film professionals and emerging student talent for eight days of screenings, workshops, panels and lectures. Presented by the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) for over a decade, the festival has brought an arsenal of artistic powerhouses — from Oliver Stone to Olivia Wilde; Sir Ian McKellan to Mahershala Ali — to the city, and its students, each year.

“It’s an honor to a part of such a special festival, which is unique, not only in the type of talent it cultivates, but in that it’s hosted by a school,” says Doug Price, Director of Sales for Sports and Education in North America, referring to SCAD. SCAD, an Avid Learning Partner, claims nearly 13,000 students in over 100 countries, and takes pride in providing real-world opportunities for its graduates. “SCAD’s career-minded focus makes it a great fit for Avid,” Price goes on to say. “It’s important that we provide the tools and training these students need to be successful when they graduate.”

Doug Price, Steven Ticknor, Chris Nelson and Meghan Ross

Part of that training included two Master Classes and a panel hosted by Avid at this year’s festival. The first class, driven by Sony Pictures Sound Supervisor Steven Ticknor (Spider-Man, Lincoln Lawyer, Karate Kid), focused on a lecture and demo of Avid’s Pro Tools to a packed classroom; the second class, led by Universal Studios’ Emmy-nominated editor, director and producer Chris Nelson (Bates Motel, Mad Men, Lost), took students through the ins and outs of Media Composer and encouraged an open forum for discussion on what it was like to be a working editor in Hollywood.

Steven Ticknor

In addition to asking each of these experts technical questions about the functions and features of Avid’s programs, students shared a pressing concern across both classes: how do I get a job?  “Persistence, perseverance, a positive attitude,” answered Ticknor. “Be thoughtful. Have an opinion. Provide solutions,” added Nelson. Both agreed: “Know your equipment, stay up on the technology – you have to come to the table already understanding the basics of Pro Tools and Media Composer if you want a chance in this industry.”

Chris Nelson

Robin Beauchamp, Chair of the Sound Design program at SCAD, agrees: “Avid dominates the field – we’ve never had a guest speaker even recommend that we teach anything else for post. It’s really essential for the younger generation to hear this from industry professionals – these are the people that provide an important glimpse of what these students will need to be successful.”

Ticknor and Nelson continued to share their knowledge at an exclusive Avid-sponsored panel later that day, which concluded with a Q and A from the audience, and with both guests staying after the scheduled discussion to speak to students one-on-one – something Beauchamp appreciated.

“I just can’t say enough how thankful I am for Avid’s support. From the early years, when we created the first sound design program in the world, to the present day, as we grow our program for the ever-evolving media landscape, Avid has made a huge commitment to the Savannah Film Festival and to the school (SCAD). We’re very lucky to have their support.”

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