When Your Networking Gets Rusty
December 9th, 2009
When Your Networking Gets Rusty

When Your Networking Gets Rusty

When Your Networking Gets Rusty
When Your Networking Gets Rusty When Your Networking Gets Rusty

“If I didn’t go to LAC, I would have never had the opportunity to work on this project”, says Ryan Harmon. The pilot premier of The Rusty Bucket Kids Club: Adventure of the Magic Glasses Movie was held at Living Arts College (LAC.). Friends and family of the cast and crew, un-deterred by the rainy night, filled the Gallery to see the first post production viewing of John Demers’ TV pilot. Local actor and producer, John Demers, graciously addressed an audience of cast and crew for the experience of working on this project with them. “It takes a great amount of talent, time and dedication to bring such a vision to the big screen and I couldn’t help but be prideful as the credits rolled of how many LAC students are credited for their contributions to the film,” said Karen Hemphill, staff member at LAC.

As mentors, we always encourage students to participate in events related to their industry. The Peak City Film Festival, located in Apex, is just such an event. Tickets for film were sold out for days and according to the website, a limited amount tickets were re-released for Friday night’s Feature Film “The Rusty Bucket Kids Club: Adventure of the Magic Glasses Movie”. Available tickets went for $50, twice the original price. “Sold Out” may have disappointed some, but our students can associate the press coverage project within their demo reel and resume.

The power of the network that extends from LAC once again can be exemplified by this event. Talking with student, Ryan Harmon, we revisit his path to opening night. Audio Instructor, Craig Brandwynne, understands the integral value of his network as a creative professional and demonstrates this understanding and its value to his students every day.

“JD, producer John Demers, asked Craig if we would do the audio on his film. Craig extended the invitation to us (his students.) I am a musician and songwriter scheduled to graduate next month with my degree in Audio. In August, I wrote The Last Ride, the ending song that plays while the credits roll. I played both banjo and guitar while G.W. Pierce sings. The Album debuted at the Peak City Film Festival and I will earn royalties too!” Ryan adds excitedly there at the end.

Ryan’s involvement didn’t end there and subsequently more students became involved with the project, Kord Chandler and David Pruitt to name a few. LAC students are credited for their contributions to location and post-production audio.

It is well understood that if you excel in class you will be recognized by the industry and opportunities will come to you. Who is in the Industry? Well, arguably we all are. The moment a student enrolls in the Audio program a students degree of separation from successful working individuals is reduced to the power of two maybe three. With hard working faculty pushing students to be the same, students can take great pride in how their names made it to the credits rolling before an audience on opening night.

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Debra A Hooper
Vice President/Director
School of Communication Arts
@ Digital Circus



Fashion, Music, Dance, & More – STRUT ’09
June 3rd, 2009

Strut'09Raleigh Fashion Week was a celebration of fashion, beauty, music and dance. Brian Wiliams gleaned the momentum he gained from STRUT’08 to produce an expanded fashion showcase.

The three day event featured fashion, music, and dance along with talent, healthy living seminars, vendor displays, trunk shows and evening runway fashion shows.

Brian Williams of Brian Williams Television tapped School of Communication Arts for talent in front of the camera and behind the camera. Audio professor, Craig Brandwynne and his company Center Sound Records sponsored the talent for the three night event.

SCA Audio students brought their time and talent to STRUT09. The crew included Nicholas Talford, Faith Langley, Jason Wiggs, Timothy Jamison and Calvin Clark, Jr., as well as alumnus, Frank Carbone.

Nicholas Talford was Technical Director for the main stage assisted by Calvin Clark, Jr. Graduate and artist, Frank Carbone performed Friday night on the main stage with a five piece backup group featuring Faith Langley. Frank credits Timothy Jamison with his great choreography.

Raleigh DJ - Jason WiggsDJ Jason Wiggs was named the official DJ of STRUT09 early on by Brian Williams. DJ Jason Wiggs was responsible for performing all music selections live and “on the fly” for each night. Jason determined the flow of the entire show through his music. He worked in conjunction with three different emcees and gave each their cues for what to say, when to say their next lines and brought the music in and out as they were speaking.

Looking forward to SRUT’10.

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Debra A Hooper
Vice President/Director
School of Communication Arts
@ Digital Circus






SCA In Full Bloom at Spring Gallery Show
May 11th, 2009
2009 Spring Gallery Show
2009 Spring Gallery Show

An array of budding talent blossomed in the theater of SCA this week. There were flash designs, student films and maquettes OH MY! The Gallery Show proved to be “a sight to behold” with the use of vivid colors, exciting motion graphics, spectacular animations, entertaining student films and “wake you up” sounds designs.

Professor George LaChevallier entertained the audience with his quick wit and humorous stories while Professor Lena Corter handed out awards for categories from Electronic Media to Sound Design. The work shown at each gallery show continues to get better and better, which tells me that School of Communication Arts has the best talent in the country!

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Debra A Hooper
Vice President/Director
School of Communication Arts
@ Digital Circus




Happenings in May @ School of Communication Arts
May 4th, 2009

May 6th, 5-8pm : Spring 2009 Gallery Exhibition

The Exhibition showcases juried creative works of current students in Animation, Film, Audio Production, Advertising Design, Web Design, Photography and Interior Design.

May 7th, 9am-3pm : Professional Development Day & First SCA Talent Show

School of Communication Arts is very excited to be holding their first Talent Show hosted by the student government, MODIV.

Motivational speaker, Karen Gilliam will speak at 10am. A workshop by Laurie Muriel will be held at 11am on “How to Get a Part-time Job in These Challenging Economic Times”. This is in preparation for the upcoming Part-time Job Fair.

May 11th, 10:30am :  Local Rock Band Defines the Importance of Branding

Ariel Down is Setting the Rules for “Breaking In” with Their Ideas About Music Promotion. Experience a national touring independent rock band based out of Raleigh, NC.

May 14th, 2-4pm : SCA Part-Time Job Fair

Are you looking for a part time job? Local non-industry businesses will be on campus advertising open positions and doing on-site interviews.

May 27th, 10:30am : Multimedia Expert to Present: “How to Prepare your Career for the Unexpected”

Plan to be entertained. Greg Carter’s work is wild and vivid.

Mr. Carter has designed print media for Reebok and Sports Illustrated and multimedia for Discovery Channel. He has worked on projects for Warner Brothers and the American Lung Association.

All events are open to the public and there is no cost. Media are welcome and encouraged to participate.

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Debra A Hooper
Vice President/Director
School of Communication Arts
@ Digital Circus




SCA students “BRANG IT” to the Real World!
April 22nd, 2009

School of Communication Arts (SCA) digital film students received a dose of “real world” experience as they helped in the taping of a television pilot called “BRANG IT.” Film Instructor George Sartiano, students Jeremy Person, Gaby Veray, Billy Orlando, Josh Baker, Jessica Barfield, Donny Biscardi, Jeremy Lewis and graduates Blake Godfrey and Stefan Byerly contributed as camera operators and production assistants in a major dance competition at North Carolina Central University this week-end.

World renowned choreographers RoRo, Kujo, ProZak, and Salah judged the event and held workshops for winners in each category. The SCA students didn’t know what to expect as the dance competition started. The level of dance captured by the students’ camera skills went beyond anything they had seen in their young careers.

When the production ended, the SCA students received high praise from the Executive Producer, Calvin Foster and the choreographers. They “bragged on” the professionalism of the students and graduates.

High praise was given to their execution and level of competency in their craft. It was a successful production and a chance to “showcase” their SCA skills in a real world production environment.

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Debra A Hooper
Vice President/Director
School of Communication Arts
@ Digital Circus




Alumni Alex Carr “Sees Red” at SCA
April 22nd, 2009

Alex Carr

Graduate, Alex Carr demonstrated his Sony “Red” camera as a three day guest speaker for the Digital Film students. Alex talked to students about the industry, but not only did he give them industry tips, the students were assigned positions in a “mock production.” As each student performed their duties, Alex reminded them of the importance of diligence and performing at a high level of professionalism. He gave constructive criticism about their roles and the importance of listening to a director while on set. Alex treated each student as if they were working in Hollywood, each student could appreciate his candor.

After the LA scenarios, Alex demonstrated the Red Camera’s functions and features. Each student saw the difference in picture quality and enjoyed learning new tricks of the trade from a rising cinematographer and a graduate from SCA.

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Debra A Hooper
Vice President/Director
School of Communication Arts
@ Digital Circus




My visit with Alex Carr
April 20th, 2009

Alex CarrBeing just 4 years out of School of Communication Arts film program, you might say that Alex Carr is on his way to mastering the total art of feature film making. Mr. Carr will review the breakthrough capabilities of the Red Camera that has swept through the feature film production world as the camera system of the future, available here and now.


As a School alum, member of the IATSE Union 600 Guild of Cinematographers and Apple Certified in Final Cut Pro; Alex Carr is a passionate filmmaker willing to share his knowledge of contemporary, digital filmmaking.

Mr. Carr will be demonstrating a real-world look into how the Red Camera functions and what it’s like working with Red footage in the post production lab. He wants students to benefit and be enlightened by his expertise in high-end digital cinema.

After graduating high school in 2002, Carr was invited to stay aboard a replica of a 19th century pirate ship. At the time, the ship was being loaned to Jerry Bruckheimer Productions on the feature film Pirates of the Caribbean starring Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Jefferey Rush. Carr saw first hand how a film set really worked and how important every crew member is to the set.

A few weeks after graduating from SCA’s digital filmmaking program in 2005, Carr started working at NBC 17 as a promotional editor. Later that year, he started working for Steve Murray, who specializes in Stock Footage and Tourism Commercials. With a strong background in post production, Carr went on to edit his first feature film Wherever You Are in summer 2007 starring Jane Adams and Josh Pais. After completing the film, he took everything he had to Los Angeles, California.

Alex CarrWith more of an interest in cinematography, Carr moved on to become a focus puller. He traveled to Tangiers, Morocco to work on a feature film called Blackline: The Beirut Contract with cinematographer Seo Mutarevic (Wild Things 2, American Strays, Monster’s Night.) The second part of Blackline took place in Beirut, Lebanon, where the explosions were “real” even off of the set! After returning from Beirut, Carr picked up some more work from NBC as an assistant editor for the NBC network showHeroes.

Summer 2008, he went back to working on the set as a digital imaging technician (DIT) alongside Seo Mutarevic, on the new television series Twenty Six Miles starring John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard), Kimberly Caldwell (American Idol) and Diamond Dallas Page (WWF.) After the production wrapped, Carr joined Local 600, the Guild of Cinematographers as a DIT. Once a Union 600 member, Carr finished out the year working on five more feature films as a DIT and two others as a focus puller.

This year Carr has exclusively worked with the Red One Camera System and has become a post workflow specialist focusing only on feature films.

Today, Carr is co-owner of Split Focus Group in Los Angeles which specializes in cinematography, VFX, and post production online plus finishing. Split Focus owns a full Red One camera package. Seo Mutarevic is a business partner and cinematographer for Split Focus.

You can find out more about Alex Carr’s visit here.
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Debra A Hooper
Vice President/Director
School of Communication Arts
@ Digital Circus