GA (May 5, 2006) Georgia State University's Digital Arts Entertainment
Lab (DAEL) is providing students the opportunity to work hands-on
with an entertainment industry insider. Robert Townsend, Hollywood
film and television producer, director and actor, is serving as
Artist in Residence, funded by the Georgia Research Alliance's Venture
DAEL director Kay Beck says Townsend is advising the
lab on current trends, developments and opportunities in the ever-changing
global entertainment industry.
"Robert has been a great contributor to our efforts
at Georgia State," Beck says. "We value his advice, his
artistic judgment and his interest in working with young people."
Georgia Film Project
Townsend, with almost 100 credits in his career as
an actor, writer, director or producer in film and television, wants
to develop a Georgia-based film project. The production will showcase
Georgia talent and locations, and establish a new model for creating
"There is no need for a state with such diverse
locations, crew depth, international transportation, acting talent,
sound stages, visual effects and post-production facilities to depend
on film projects coming from outside Georgia," Townsend says.
"Of all the states in the nation, Georgia is the logical place
for a truly indigenous industry to grow and flourish."
Georgia-based production resources such as Riverwood
Studios have joined Townsend's efforts through special rates and
in-kind investment in Georgia productions.
"We're proud to partner in the efforts of Mr.
Townsend and others to achieve critical mass with Georgia's film
industry," says Scott Tigchelaar, Riverwood Studios president.
Georgia State students benefit from Townsend's insider
knowledge and connections, not to mention his input on their projects
"Robert is awesome; he seems to respect our work
and encourages us to keep at it, even though it is a competitive
industry," says film/video student Stacy Slovik.
Townsend's credits include starring alongside Denzel
Washington in A Soldier's Story, writing, directing and starring
in the critically acclaimed independent film, Hollywood Shuffle,
and directing the likes of Eddie Murphy and Academy Award winners
Halle Berry, Martin Landau and Louis Gossett Jr. in a variety of
At the Digital Arts Entertainment Lab, graduate students,
faculty, industry professionals, visiting artists, producers and
researchers work together to explore the potential of digital content
origination and distribution.
For more information, visit the DAEL