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Photo Caption: The Columbia State film crew and Read Ridley, director of the Film Crew Technology program, excitedly review scenes from their silent film for the Nashville 48-hour Film Festival in July 2012. Photo credit: Columbia State Film crew graduate, Josh Bennett of Josh Bennett Photography.

Columbia State Community College's film crew program offers students a 12-month certificate program in which they receive hands-on training as they learn the necessary skills to become successful working as a crew technician in the film and video industry.

The program is staffed by working motion picture professionals. Students gain experience in the program through hands-on training in the classroom and participating in on-location filming. You can often find Columbia State students on the set of ABC's Nashville or assisting with a major film production.

Columbia State's program is the only program in Tennessee that has a professional grip/electric truck and camera crane. In addition, the program features the latest technology and techniques that are being used in today's motion picture industry.

To date, this program has garnered more than 14 awards in the 48 Hour Film Project including Best in Genre, Best Cinematography Overall and Audience Award. Students and/or graduates have worked on every major film production in Tennessee since 2009.

Film crew graduate Josh Bennett was recently named as a Bronze winner in the 34th Annual Telly Awards for his 3-minute wedding highlights film, "Brooks & Shae."  

"I have used the knowledge from the business and film classes at Columbia State to get where I am today," said Bennett.

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WSMV Channel 4 featured the film crew technology program in a segment that aired on June 6, click here to read the full story…

Learn more about the program here or by contacting Read Ridley, director of the film crew technology program, at 615.790.4410 or by emailing

The film crew technology program is located at Columbia State's Williamson County campus.

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