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BCTC film students open fall semester with FOX TVs On the Lot finalist Jason Epperson

Photo of Jason Epperson LEXINGTON, KY (September 12, 2007) Film students at Bluegrass Community & Technical College were greeted on the first day of the Fall 2007 semester by Jason Epperson, an independent film maker and finalist from the FOX television reality show On the Lot.

A native of Winchester, Kentucky, Epperson was recently named runner up in the million dollar film making competition sponsored by DreamWorks Pictures. On the Lot, a FOX TV Photo of Jason Epperson Speaking to a Classroomreality show created by Steven Spielberg and Mark Burnett, received 12,000 independent film submissions from around the world for the competition. Epperson was selected to compete in Hollywood, where he and other finalist produced short films from a chosen genre, running the gamut from comedies to thrillers, dramas to romance, action to horror. Contestants were provided with professional crews and equipment for the competition. The show premiered in May and ran twice a week throughout the summer.

During his visit, Epperson encouraged students to take advantage of the opportunities the filmmaking program at BCTC offered. Before launching his own filmmaking business, Epic Films, Epperson spent time working in radio and for his church.

Jason reminded our class how lucky they are to have a program like this to jump-start their careers and about the payoff that comes from dedication, passion, and hard work, said Arthur Rouse, BCTC Filmmaking Certificate Program instructor. The goal of the Filmmaking Program at BCTC is to give students a complete, hands-on overview of the filmmaking industry in a one-semester, 12-credit hour program. Students are exposed to master class instructors from New York and Hollywood who teach everything from screenwriting to lighting, directing, and editing.

For more information on the Filmmaking Certificate Program contact Tim Davis, BCTC Theater and Film Program coordinator at (859) 246-6672.