Jay Russell Visit

North Little Rock native Jay Russell will continue the University of Central Arkansas’s visiting filmmaker series next week.  Russell will be on campus Tuesday, Jan. 28, for a film discussion and screening of his film “The Water Horse: Legend from the Deep”.  Russell follows Eric England, the filmmaker from Russellville who was on campus Jan. 21. “We’re very lucky to have both Jay Russell and Eric England coming to UCA,” said Dr. Bruce Hutchinson, director of graduate studies and associate professor of digital filmmaking. “Jay is a well established director who has a wealth of filmmaking knowledge to share with our students. Eric is an up-and-coming director who is only a couple of years older than our students.” Both visits are made possible by a collaboration between the Little Rock Film Festival and the College of Fine Arts and Communication’s Artist in Residence series. Russell has been in the television scene since he was 19, filming commercials for the Arkansas Parks and Tourism division. After obtaining his Master of Fine Arts degree in Screenwriting and Directing at Columbia University in New York City, he released his first production, “End of the Line”, in 1988. In the ‘90s, Russell filmed a number of documentaries for NBC, CBS, The Learning Channel and the Discovery Channel. He also was the man behind many well-known emotionally hard-hitting movies, including “Ladder 49” and “Tuck Everlasting”.  Russell will participate in a film discussion, hosted by Hutchinson, in Stanley Russ Hall room 103 from 5:45 p.m. to Read the rest

Eric England Visit

Horror film director Eric England will be coming to UCA Wednesday the 22nd to conduct a series of workshops with students.  England, director of the films Madison County and Contracted, is a Russellville native.  His schedule is as follows: 9:00-10:15 Screenwriting Workshop Stanley Russ Hall 109 10:30-11:30 Directing Workshop Stanley Russ Hall 123 11:30-12:30 General Film Talk, Stanley Russ Hall 103… Read the rest

Alumni Spotlight Terry Davis ’05/’08

I was born and raised in a very small town in upstate New York. My first time leaving the state was when I left to attend UCA as part of the freshman class of 2000. I graduated from UCA with my Bachelors degree in the fall of 2005 and immediately started working on my MFA which I completed in 2008. During that time I met and married my wife, Melissa, who was a nursing student at UCA. Shortly after graduation we moved to southwest Texas where I worked and Melissa continued to pursue her nursing Masters at the university. We had our first child, a son, in early 2012 and we still live in Texas. However, we both ultimately want to be back in central Arkansas where it still feels like home.

What are you doing now professionally?

I am a federal officer with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. I work with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency on their Fugitive Operations Task Force locating and arresting at large criminals that have outstanding federal warrants.

Who are some early mentors or teachers that have inspired you?

 I changed fields of study in college numerous times before settling in with the Mass Communications and digital film crew. Prior to that, Professor Lynn Burley in the writing department was one of my favorites. She was excellent at helping students find their strengths and motivating students to excel in their own way. Also, Bruce Hutchinson and Scott Meador were both a big … Read the rest

Grad School Info Session November 14th

Graduating in December or May?  Know what you're going to do after you graduate?  Have you ever considered graduate film school?  Professor Hutchinson will host a grad film school info session on Thursday, November 14th at 1:40 in Stanley Russ Hall room 103.  He'll be discussing UCA's MFA in film production program, why you might want to attend grad film school, and the pros and cons of graduate film school at UCA versus other schools.… Read the rest

MFA Thesis Films Shooting

The MFA class of 2014 has recently started shooting their thesis projects.  Dustin Barnes (In Borrowed Time), Jarrod Beck (Perfect Machine), Danny Bradfield (Scars), and Scott Eggleston (Collection Day) will be shooting throughout October, November, and December.  Post-production will run through the spring, culminating in the premiere of all four film on Monday, April 7th.… Read the rest

Ozark Folk Center May/June Opportunity

May/June Opportunity 2 able film students to film and edit/produce FOUR 2-minute, promotional videos with upload to YouTube and about the OZARK FOLK CENTER, Mountain View, AR
  • Filming takes place in exterior and interior locations at the Ozark Folk Center
  • Scripts, background music, format and spokespersons provided and pre-arranged by  the Committee of 100 (COOH is the advocacy group for the OFC.)
  • COOH video project chair approves final edit
  • Students provide all equipment and film service: cameras, microphones, cords, etc.
  • 1 External hard drive and 1 SD card provided/donated to students
  • Travel expense (.45 a mile) and meals at site provided
  • Deadline for 4 videos : June 30, 2013
MORE INFO & APPLICATION: Barbara Satterfield text or call: 501.733.9916 email: barbarabdesign@yahoo.com… Read the rest

Congratulations to the 2013 UCA Film Festival Winners!

Congratulations to all of our winners! Best Picture Diamond John Best Producer Rachel McGee- Diamond John Best Director Travis Mosler- Diamond John Best Screenplay Michael Ferrara- Citizen Noir Best Production Design Lily Nash- Diamond John Best Actor Tom Kagy- Diamond John Best Actress Ann Muse- Diamond John Best Special Effects Molly Atkinson- Dead Wrong Digital Film MVP Award Robin Sparks Digital Film Leadership Award Jarrod Beck… Read the rest

Arkansas State Police- TELECOMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

Job Details
TELECOMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST
Agency: Arkansas State Police
Office: Highway Patrol
Section: Troop A
Date Posted: 05/07/2013
Posting Expires: 05/13/2013
Summary
The Telecommunications Specialist is responsible for maintaining communication systems. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.
Typical Functions
Oversees the work of subordinate employees by establishing work schedules, assigning specific duties, interpretation of changes in laws, policies, and procedures, and monitoring and reviewing work output. Instructs users and staff on use of telecommunications equipment. Maintains account billing information, records, and logs related to telecommunication operations on computer database. Participates in departmental budget planning, determining communication needs, and making procedural changes. Assists instructional staff in distance learning and technology training classes, workshops, and seminars. Performs duties of a telecommunications operator by receiving and transmitting messages. Performs other duties as assigned.
Special Job Dimensions
Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills
Knowledge of operating procedures used in telecommunication operations. Knowledge of Federal Communication Commission rules and regulations related to telecommunications. Ability to demonstrate the operation of telecommunication equipment. Ability to supervise subordinate employees in a telecommunication operation. Ability to maintain communication records, logs, and budget information.
Minimum Education and/or Experience
The formal education equivalent of a high school diploma; plus two years of specialized training in communications or related field; including one year in a supervisory capacity. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART
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