Tinseltown in Atlanta: The aTVfest

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“We are very interested in bringing the brightest and best to come to Atlanta and come to this festival.” -Greg Beck, Dean (SCAD School of Entertainment Arts)

The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) hosted the 2nd annual aTVfest: A Digital Media Experience in the busy backdrop of Midtown Atlanta. This past Thursday through Saturday, students got a chance to learn from and network with industry professionals from major networks such as Nickelodeon and HBO. Speakers tackled topics such as how technology affects television viewing and demystifies the production of digital media.

SCAD-Atlanta’s main campus, off Peachtree Street, held insightful panels and hands-on workshops with real-world scenarios. The panelists covered everything from ways to create a successful web series to the pros-and-cons of reality television. The SCADshow (formally known as 14th Street Playhouse) screened episodes from top-performing television series and honored three actresses (Connie Britton, Angie Harmon, and Megan Boone) for their exceptional performances in the field. “The Red Road”, premiering on the Sundance Channel later this month, and “The Vampire Diaries, airing on the CW, were among the incredible shows that people got to sample at the festival and fans were also allowed to participate in Q-and-A sessions with some of their favorite actors and producers from these shows.

After attending the aTVfest for the second time, I’m happy to see SCAD expand its network into the growing atmosphere of the film and television industry here in Atlanta. The opportunity to absorb the new ways of thinking made the event a life-changing experience. I’m definitely looking forward to next year being bigger and better as SCAD and Atlanta continues to grow its presence as a major media hub.

Check out some of the great footage and interviews that we scored over the weekend above.

-Chris Moore (current SCAD student)

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