Living Arts College Audio Professor from Raleigh, NC NSAI Chapter Co-Wrote Title Track and Songs for Word Films’, “A Long Way Off”
September 23rd, 2014

NSAI members Craig Brandwynne, Program Coordinator / Associate Professor at Living Arts College and Christa Wells co-wrote the title track for the 2014 film,  “A Long Way Off “, distributed by Word Films. The song was recorded in Raleigh, NC at Living Arts College’s B2R Studios and mastered by John Mayfield, (Nashville, TN). Brandwynne is also the music supervisor, composer and sound supervisor for the film. “A Long Way Off,” hit theaters around the country and can be found in Walmart stores this October. Wells also wrote “Life Costs So Much” and “Kingdom Coming”, two others songs included in the film. “One More Time”, “He Belongs To Me” and “Sweet Memories,” were produced by Brandwynne and written by Betty Swain. Brandwynne and Christa Wells are a part of the NSAI Raleigh.

September 20th, 2014

Living Arts College loves to highlight the successes of past graduates. Jeb Brigman graduated from the College in 2005 with an Associate’s degree in Animation. He studied animation for personal enrichment and utilized many of the skills learned to work in the IT field as a Network Administrator.

One of Jeb’s amazing talents is telling stories through photography. Humans of Charleston is a celebration of the people and diversity in Charleston, SC. Jeb photographed his subjects and interviewed them on various topics. This astounding project can found online and on Facebook at Jeb will also be featured in the local paper in Charleston.

We are extremely proud of Jeb’s accomplishments. In a recent Facebook posting, Jeb acknowledged that everyone at the College can take some credit for teaching him how to properly run a camera.

The programs at Living Arts College go beyond teaching the basics of a chosen field. The students learn versatility, which enables them to have an understanding of different types of media used in the creative field.

September 15th, 2014

According to the judges at this year’s artSPARK event at SPARKcon, they said “What an AMAZING weekend we had! This was the largest artSPARK street painting we have ever had! We were blown away by the INCREDIBLE art that filled Fayetteville Street!!”

Mingled in with all those artists, square #240, Megan Ritchie, Living Arts College Animation & Game Design graduate was awarded Best of the Best: Creativity in the College category.

We are so proud of Megan…job well done!!

September 13th, 2014

Many many many artists of all ages are involved with artSPARK, an event at the SPARKcon, an interdisciplinary creativity, art & design festival produced by the non-profit creativity incubator, Visual Art Exchange, in Raleigh NC. There are a host of installations, exhibitions, workshops, AND chalk art at artSPARK covering three entire city block lengths of Fayetteville Street Downtown Raleigh.

This year, Living Arts College faculty, staff, students, and alumni participated in artSPARK. Under the direction of Professor and Assistant Campus Director Matthew Kelly, everyone met on Fayetteville Street at 9am and quickly began on the three-dimensional design created by Mr. Kelly. The College had three 5’ x 5’ squares which were then split into 20” x 20” smaller squares where each participant completed a section of the design. Despite the rainy weather, the participants worked well and efficiently together.

All in all it was an exciting day!!

September 11th, 2014

The 2014 North Carolina Home Builders Association (NCHBA) Star Awards took place recently and Living Arts College Interactive Media Arts alum Mike Donatacci was awarded for Best Communications/PR Effort for a weekly video marketing campaign, The Minton Minute. This marketing piece consists of discussing everything that is happening weekly at the HBA. What makes the video effective and unique are the motion graphics and effects used. “A lot of  which I learned while at Living Arts College,” proclaimed Mike. “In my Broadcast Design classes at the College, I learned about motion graphic elements using After Effects and Premiere Pro, two programs I use in my job today. Living Arts College really helped prepare me for the business world.”

Congratulations Mike!!

The Black & White Student and Alumni First Friday Exhibition
September 8th, 2014

Living Arts College students and alumni were featured in an exclusive First Friday Art Exhibition at Mosaic Wine Lounge in September. Students, alumni, faculty, and staff dressed to the nine in black and white attire guided guests around to see the diverse samplings of student and alumni photography, design, filmmaking, audio, interior design, and animation talents.

Live performances including electronic dance music was mixed by Living Arts College alum, Andres Ramos aka DJ Oko Yono, and on the outdoor patio acoustic guitar sounds were performed by Audio student, Robert Christian.

Living Arts College students and alumni will be featured quarterly at First Friday events around Raleigh. The Black & White First Friday event will be held annually in September. We are looking forward to seeing the amazing talent at the second annual event in 2015.

August 26th, 2014

On Tuesday August 26, Living Arts College had a visitor, Dr. DaBeth Manns from Washington, D.C. Dr. Manns brought with her three audio files that were recorded by her late mother Belinda Staten Womack, a classically trained Mezzo Soprano and school teacher from Winston Salem, NC and Washington, D.C. The files were in need of restoration on the account of the equipment used to record the performance. Professor Brandwynne and his portfolio studio class proceeded to go through the files with a fine tooth comb. By utilizing the SSL duality and some state of the art software, the team was able to clean up and bring back the presents of the original performance. Dr. Manns was immensely impressed with the facility and the students’ knowledge of their craft during the project. Living Arts College prides itself in bringing real world experience for students to participate, in addition to the traditional methods of teaching.

Life Science Professor: Ultimate Frisbee World Champion
August 25th, 2014

Kevin Kusy, a Life Science instructor at Living Arts College, recently participated in the 2014 World Ultimate Club Championships, which was a world-wide ultimate frisbee competition held from August 2nd to August 10th in Lecco, Italy.  Ultimate Frisbee is a team sport where seven people from each team pass a frisbee or disc to their teammates on a field similar to a soccer field and  score goals by catching the disc in end zones like American football.  Kevin was one of three captains for the Master’s division team, Boneyard, which is based in the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill area.  The tournament hosted Boneyard along with almost 200 other teams in five divisions and had close to 5,000 total participants.  Boneyard played nine games during the week and competed against teams from Columbia, Canada, Germany, Australia, France, Italy, Finland, and the United States and completed their tournament with an undefeated record and World Championship.  Boneyard won the Finals 17-8 after taking half 9-2 against a Canadian team named FigJam.  This is the first championship for Boneyard, who has competed at multiple National Championships and has finished 2nd in the Nation three of the last four years.  Images include Kevin holding the Master’s division trophy, a picture of the entire Boneyard team, and an action shot from one of the games.  To find out more information about Ultimate Frisbee please visit the website.

August 19th, 2014

Four Living Arts College students traveled to Vancouver, Canada for the 41st conference and exhibition and were among 14,045 artists, research scientists, gaming experts and developers, filmmakers, students, and academics from 50 U.S. states and 75 countries. All gathered to experience cutting-edge computer graphics and interactive techniques.

Current Animation & Game Design students from the College had a “once in a lifetime” moment networking with their favorite companies such as Pixar, Reboot, and Animal Logic. “Animal Logic was the most down to earth group of people and they really enjoyed talking with us (students) giving feedback, advise and pointers, said Miles Calloway. Dominique Staples was thrilled to have met with some of Pixar’s leading team. “It was awesome to see people from the industry doing the things I love to do. I was able to learn how far I need to push myself in order to get better and better at my craft,” said Dominique.

Flying across country from North Carolina to Vancouver was an adventure of its own, but overall the flight was good according to Leon Landrau-Jones, “minus the turbulence here and there.” Miles was especially impressed with the beauty, “it is lovely seeing mountains and the water all at once.”

The conference boasted more than 40,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space featuring 175 participating companies. The students believed the most impressive area was the Career Pavilion floor. In fact, according to Ryan Hallmark, “the job fair was the most memorable experience. I was able to meet the creators of my favorite 90’s show, Reboot.” “Seeing the various companies and new technologies, and being educated on what the professionals use in the industry and understanding the bar I need to set for myself to get a job in the industry was worth the trip across country,” claimed Leon.

An impressive 1,533 speakers and contributors participated in the conference through a variety of talks, sessions, panels, papers, presentations, tutorials, and screenings.

The SIGGRAPH conference and exhibition is a five-day interdisciplinary educational experience including a three-day commercial exhibition that attracts hundreds of exhibitors from around the world. SIGGRAPH is widely recognized as the most prestigious forum for the publication of computer graphics research. In addition to SIGGRAPH’s leading-edge technical program, the conference’s installations provide close-up views of the latest in digital art, emerging technologies, and hands-on opportunities for creative collaboration.

August 14th, 2014