I love having guest blogs. Today’s blog post is by Brianna Hope Beaton, a 15-year-old actress who will be in our upcoming movie Providence.  Brianna is an Actor/Model/KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Radio Show Host from Clermont, Florida and is one of the voices on the Sea World Antarctica TV/Radio commercial..She is in her 4th year as a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and radio show host on KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions, the #1 rated weekly radio show on the Voice America Kids Channel with more than 100,000 listeners monthly. Brianna is also a reporter for 24Flix. 

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I recently attended the Full Sail University’s Behind the Scene Tour (BTS). My acting teacher, Kevin O’Neill, who’s their Course Director of Directing for Film, suggested that I attend and I’m glad I did. This BTS tour is offered monthly and it gives an in-depth look at the campus and the different degree programs available. Some of the programs they have include Filmmaking, Music Production, Computer Animation, and Game Design. During this tour I visited the class rooms, labs, back lot, and studios used by the students. Directors and/or students gave the presentations in their respective field.

The tour starts off by welcoming you on the set of the Daily Buzz, a national syndicate TV morning show. Our host showed us the big teleprompter cameras, sets and the green screen while another host provided us with the news on current events. After that we broke up in the different fields that held our interest. I toured with the TV/Film group.

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During my tour, we visited the studio for lights. They explained different lighting used and the students selected me to participate as an extra on a fun short scene. I also visited the set with a 3 story building; however each floor is on the same level. The students had to build it. They spoke about different state of the art cameras used to capture different angles and etc. Well known TV shows and the great films we see today in theaters use these same cameras.

We heard speeches from their award winning alumni, on how they got started, different projects they worked on and what they’re currently doing. We watched clips of where a lot of their grads are credited on well known winning projects for their contributions to the Oscars, Grammys and The Spike VGX awards. Their degree programs feels like the real world. The WWE tapes on their campus where Full Sail students shadow the crew during tapings, operate cameras, set up, run audio and much more. The Career Development department provides guidance to help you plot your career course. Tons of awards such as an Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and others are on display at full sail. I believe with any career, the more you put into it, the more you get out of it.

My favorite part is the Dubbing Room. Final steps of making a film happen in this room. We viewed a clip with different affects of sounds which were added and removed. The atmosphere has a movie theater feel, comfortable seats and AMAZINGZING sound!

I enjoyed the food at the end of the tour. The prospective students did get a chance to speak with representatives from admissions, financial aid and career development.

In conclusion, this tour is very informative and I have a better understanding of what goes on behind the scenes. Thanks Full Sail!!

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Written by Sharon Wilharm

I'm a female filmmaker, blogger, and speaker with over a decade of industry experience. I'm passionate about visual storytelling. I know firsthand that you don't have to spend a fortune to make a good movie, and you can tell a powerful story without ever saying a word. My desire with Faith Flix is to educate, inspire, and encourage my fellow filmmakers. I know that Christian filmmakers can make better movies, but it takes education and hard work. I'll help with the education and leave you to do the hard work.

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