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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". This feature film production has been in development at Living Arts for two years. "Production workflow has moved along and we have first stage picture lock. This has allowed us to move forward with sound design", reports director Micheal Pearce, Film School program head.
Living Arts Audio School professor Craig Brandwyne is composing the film's music score. Sound design and recording of the score is being executed by a student/faculty team within the department. Scheduling details are to be posted soon. 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 is 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.” He should know. Others have suggested to him that a move from New York to Raleigh might not be the right direction. Estes makes sure to tell others 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 at 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.