SPARK Brings Community Focus to Student-Led Productions
Published on Mar 3, 2020 by Jess Reider
Students working for this on-campus production agency gain experience across a variety of projects.
SPARK, a student-led production agency at Full Sail, gives participants the chance to experience the reality of production by working with outside clients and gaining valuable skills that may benefit them later on in their career journey.
Participating in SPARK can lead to great opportunities within the community and the entertainment world at large, and students are expected to exhibit the same level of professionalism that is required on the types of productions they may find themselves working post-graduation. Student Production Team Manager Jackie Gardner, who runs the SPARK initiative says, "The goal is to teach them professionalism and make them hirable."
This on-campus agency employs students to capture community-focused events and document the work of non-profits such as the Nature Conservancy and Central Florida Animal Rescue. SPARK students have also contributed to projects for the American Cancer Society, the Winter Park Art Festival, and Full Sail’s community-service initiative, Pure Motivation which contributes to various organizations including Toys for Tots and Orlando’s Wetlands Festival.
Working with the Nature Conservancy, SPARK was able to document footage of The Monarch Initiative, an awareness campaign addressing the importance of pollinators throughout Central Florida. Students captured artists, conservationists, and experts working with the global conservation organization.
This type of work shows students the expansive options that exist for them in the world of production while allowing them to provide support to people and organizations throughout Central Florida. However, these community-centric projects aren’t all SPARK students get to work on; they can also gain experience working on productions with organizations such as WWE, the Orlando Magic, TV4 Entertainment, and more.