Graduate’s Career Soars at Rhythm & Hues by Training Others
June 3rd, 2010

Rhythm & Hues is the animation and digital arts studio always at the top of their game. Craig Slagel, a graduate of Living Arts College @ School of Communication Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina; is helping the production organization stay that way.

Debra Hooper with Graduate Craig Slagel from Rythm & HuesCraig provides staff Education for the Motion Department. This office supplies creative Animation, Technical Animation, Rigging, Match Moving and Track Services for countless cinema and broadcast projects.

His support efforts include training new and current employees both in the Oscar winning Los Angeles studio plus the firm’s worldwide studios in India and Malaysia.

Prior to R&H, Craig consulted for Autodesk, lectured at Dartmouth College and worked for seven years as the Senior Worldwide Graphics Trainer for Electronic Arts. Outside of training Craig has worked on several major titles as a Lighter, Rigger and Technical Artist.

Craig has trained 1000′s of students and professional artists, consulted with schools, studios and corporations, presented at SIGGRAPH and GDC and now has over 13 years experience in the Computer Graphics Industry.

“I have not forgotten the core and on-target applications training I received at the Raleigh, school. The School’s always forward thinking “is no different from the forward vision I bring to my work here.” reports Craig.

Outside of work, Craig is an endurance runner and has run some of the world toughest endurance races including Western States 100 mile, Hardrock 100 mile and Ultra Trail Du Mont Blanc.

Living Arts College is the creative content College that has “jump started” the digital careers in top places for many graduates of the advanced programs here. The college is on the Internet at www.Living-Arts-College.edu.




Hobby Turns Into a Great Career
June 9th, 2009

Raleigh DJ - Jason WiggsRaleigh’s Hottest DJ – Jason Wiggs

Jason Wiggs says, “DJing was a hobby until about a year ago. That changed when I started attending School of Communication Arts. I began acquiring the tools that I needed to create a great production and set out DJing professionally.”

Jason Wiggs is a sought-after disc jockey, best known as the resident disc jockey at The Oxford Gastropub in Downtown Raleigh. His experience, knowledge of music and mixing talents combine to display an unbreakable link between hip-hop, rock, pop, and top 40 to electronic dance music of house, breaks, drums and bass. His performance is a journey beyond the realms of music.

As a child his grandfather wanted him to learn true music appreciation. He gave him a symphony orchestra album and his love for music emerged. Growing up, he played the tuba in symphony orchestra and had a spot on the drumline in the marching band.

On his 18th birthday he received his first set of turntables. Using the self discipline acquired over many years of training in classical instruments he embarked on a more modern, newly acquired instrument and began the journey of musical exploration.

His most recent endeavor was his participation in Raleigh Fashion Week – Strut 09’. He provided music for the event’s producers with remixes, adding sound to video clips and performed all music selections live in conjunction with the emcees performances.

See Jason in person at The Oxford on Friday and Saturday nights in Downtown Raleigh.

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




Congratulations Alex Centeno-Rodriquez
June 3rd, 2009

Robert F. Lauterborn Advertising Scholarship Winner

Alex Centeno-Rodriquez
Alex Centeno-Rodriquez

School of Communication Arts salutes Advertising Design student, Alex Centeno-Rodriquez for being the recipient of the prestigious Robert F. Lauterborn Scholarship. The scholarship is presented each spring at the American Advertising Federation’s Silver Medal Awards ceremony.

Alex is bilingual and calls Costa Rica his home country. Success is a characteristic that Alex is very familiar with. He earned his MBA from the University of Science and Technology in San Jose, Costa Rica and opened his design company, Merkados Interactive Partners in Raleigh, NC several years ago. Merkados designs and maintains bilingual websites and provides consulting services in Internet marketing.

It was not a surprise to the faculty and staff at the School when Alex won the scholarship. He has won two Best of Category awards at Gallery competition since beginning his studies at SCA. Alex picked up his first award at Fall 2008 Gallery Show for Stamp Collection Design and most recently at Winter 2009 Gallery Show for Illustration Design.

Stay posted…I’m sure we will hear more from Alex in the future.

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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






Student, David Pruitt Goes to Hollywood
April 20th, 2009

Bright city lights of Hollywood were calling out to audio student David Pruitt as he and Audio Instructor Gregg Sartiano hopped the eye-opener flight from Raleigh, NC to Los Angeles, CA. The two arrived in LA just before noon and drove straight to the studio for a scheduled recording session with Graham Ward and Mark McCombs. Graham Ward is a musical prodigy specializing in percussion, and Mark McCombs is a seasoned jazz pianist.

Almost upon arrival, Gregg, David, and the musicians got straight to work recording, slicing and mixing tracks for an upcoming Warren G album. When things slowed down in the studio, David and Mark were able to venture out into the streets of LA running errands and site seeing. David saw some of the familiar sites he had always seen on television, such as the Walk of Fame, Kodak Theater, Wax Museum, and Capital Records building.

Day two started early, Gregg had five songs to mix before lunch. Later that day, as a creative exercise, Gregg took the fresh tracks they had created and put them on a CD and drove around the city. Mixing business with pleasure, Gregg showed David the “perks” of being an audio engineer in a town like Hollywood. They went into a tall plain looking building and inside David found a hidden treasure of talent, such as the sound engineer for “Cold Play,” Gregg’s good friend James Lugo who is a vocal coach for “American Idol,” and Dave Stewart audio engineer for “Eurythmics.”

David’s determination, talent and passion to be a part of the audio industry in Los Angeles led him to meet Gregg’s peers who accepted him as one of their own. He now has contacts in his field and an open invitation to any one of the studios he visited.

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