The executive producers of Updog Studios consisting of Eddie Speir and James Duke and Inspiration Academy collaborated to establish Bradenton’s first premier film school, Inspiration Film Academy. The academy is located at 7900 40th Ave. W. Bradenton FL 34209. Producers envisioned a film academy that would equip aspiring young filmmakers with the practical knowledge and real-world experience needed to be successful in the movie industry. The mission of the Inspiration Academy Film School is to provide students with a true appreciation and understanding of the film industry and the real world dynamics of production. Inspiration Academy’s mentorship approach allows students to learn the craft of filmmaking from highly trained industry professionals. Instruction takes place in classrooms, the school’s multi-media broadcast room, Updog Studios state-of-the-art 4k editing suite and live movie sets. The partnership with Updog Studios allows students to learn using equipment and practices utilized by industry leaders.
One of the projects film students were able to help with was Updog Studios Doritos commercial. Positions such as assistant cameraman and grip were solely crewed by students gaining hands on experience.