One day while searching the Internet for design schools I
came across Living Arts College. The pictures “jumped off the pages”, the students
looked so happy and all the bright colors made me feel excited! When my family and I
visited the school I knew this was where I wanted to be. This school gives me the
creative freedom I need with a touch of “critiques” to make my work scream
— Yasmeen Al Awadhi, Bahrain
Professor George LeChevallier, Interactive Media
One does not go to SCHOOL at Living Arts College.
One goes to WORK … in the studios crafting the digital arts, designs and audios as a FUTURE top creativity professional. Each student works to achieve higher and MORE rewarding goals. They gain the skillsets expected from Living Arts College -- America’s Creativity College. They practice EXTREME CREATIVITY … and their work is seen the world over.
They begin at the top, even if they are first year filmmakers. Hollywood favorite cinema gear such as the Arri ALEXA is introduced early in the film school program here.
Micheal Pearce, Living Arts College film school chair
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The Living Arts Film School team has now joined with the Living Arts Audio School in post-production to co-develop the sound design and music score for "The Healer". The production has been in development for two years. "Workflow has moved along and we have first stage picture lock to allow us move forward with sound design", reports director Micheal Pearce, Film School program head.
Audio School professor Craig Brandwyne is composing the film's music score. Sound design and recording on the score is being executed by a student/faculty team within the department. Scheduling details are to be posted shortly. The concept for "The Healer" grew out of a film short that came to the attention of College president Roger Klietz, who then challenged staff to propose producing a feature based on the original short.
Living Arts College’s graduating class was treated to a guest speaker who has been an actor, director, writer, and producer. Estes Tarver holds an MFA in acting from UNC-Chapel Hill. He is currently recurring on Season 2 of Finding Carter on MTV as Sgt. Hall. Mr. Tarver has also appeared on such shows as Under the Dome, One Tree Hill, and Dawson’s Creek.
Estes coaches actors at the professional level, his acting students have booked major roles on shows and films such as Terminator Genesis, Hunger Games, and Army Wives. Mr. Tarver’s advice to our graduates (paraphrased): “Do what makes you happy,” “Get out there and network,” and “Follow your dreams.” And he should know. People suggested to him that a move from New York to Raleigh might not be the right direction. Estes makes sure to tell whoever suggests as much that he is doing very well, thank you.
North Carolina continues to be a hotbed for docudrama themed independent film production. Uptone Films completed UNION BOUND a true saga of a a union soldier who was captured during the civil war and escaped from a Florence, North Carolina POW camp in 1864. The film was made the North Carolina Stageville Plantation in Oxford. Select Living Arts Film School students were called on in a variety of crew roles contributing to the production.
The student crew members contributed to the fast track shooting schedule that was completed in 21 days. The effort included 14 hour days, seasonal heat, ticks, snakes and mosquitos. Pictured here are students and faulty support who recently attended the premier for UNION BOUND. Professor Craig Brandwyne, right; created the film's score and directed sound design.
The answer is that you show up the Computer Gaming Conference. A popular and rewarding component of the Living Arts Animation School is attending trending professional events such as GDC--Game Developers Conference. GDC is the place you must be annually if you want to connect with the developers and industry forces who share all that's currently new and moving in interactive gaming.
Expect a report from students and staff who will be returning shortly from the San Francisco event. College Director Debra Hooper and Animation School Program Chair Kame Hakins are attending along with students at this very active event. Program travel is posted as an option choice allowing students to connect at media industry events ... learning and gaining exposure for their own brand of talent. The picture shown hints at the dynamics of this truly interactive showcasing of interactive media.
Living Arts College is all about WORKFLOW ... the term that spells out the step by step effort that goes into creating media works. Studio arts experience at Living Arts is about the three WORKFLOW steps for creating anything from a game to a film to an advertising print campaign to a great interior space design for a new restaurant.
Working (attending as a student) at the College is PREPRODUCTION planning moving into creating visual, design and even audio content during PRODUCTION. Finally put the elements together in POST-PRODUCTION to include editing, finishing steps, reviews and approvals. As a result, don't plan on a lot of classroom theory time. Do plan on a lot of competency building experience in practicing each and every step in the WORKFLOW process.
There is a never ending Internet listing for the top photography school and the top film school and on and on. We conducted an informal survey asking for the top photography school. The feedback was positive. It seems that two comments kept repeating. They included “… studio photography coming from Living Arts College is consistently original and shows evidence of an art director at work.
The photographer is not taking pictures. Instead, the photographer is doing preproduction and planning the shoot. Next, the student photographers here are using digital effects at the same art director level as they design and craft fashion, editorial and advertising illustrations. Again, they are making pictures and NOT taking pictures. This is the work of a top photography school.