Alumni Spotlight Jeremy Drake ’07

Hello! Well I was born and raised in Northwest Arkansas. I graduated from UCA in 2007 with a Bachelor's Degree and then moved to Louisiana to begin my career. I spent a lot of time working various departments on movies. I did camera, art department, office duties, sound, etc. I spent a couple of years working full-time for a production company where I edited and sound designed a narrative and a few feature documentaries, as well as dozens of commercials and short films. Ultimately I decided that the office wasn't for me and I wanted to be in the camera department full time. Fast forward a bit and now I'm in Los Angeles where I plan on living the rest of my life!

What are you doing now professionally?
I'm a freelance camera operator/camera assistant depending on the type of work. I work on a lot of mid-budget movies and traveling reality television shows, with a few music videos and commercials thrown in the mix. I'm very fortunate that I work as much as I do ("free time" is a foreign concept to me right now!) and I spend good chunks of the year living out of suitcases in hotel rooms.

What books, artwork or other movies have inspired you, overall or recently?
I'm a huge fan of Newton Thomas Sigel's work on Drive and Roger Deakin's work on… well anything. Recently I was blown away by the photography in Silver Lining's Playbook. I didn't realize until the ending credits … Read the rest

American Advertising Federation Little Rock Scholarships

American Advertising Federation Little Rock 2012 Scholarships Applicant Qualifications and Guidelines 1. Applicant must currently be a permanent Arkansas resident and a full-time student in an Arkansas college or university. 2. Applicant must be at the Junior or Senior level and have taken and passed with a C or better no less than twelve (12) department of major credit hours. 3. Applicant must have at least a 3.0 grade point average in the Department and a 2.5 grade point average overall. 4. The criteria for awarding this scholarship are based upon academic performance, participation in extracurricular Department activities, advisor evaluation, career goals, areas of study and financial need. Students with minor course work or experience in the advertising field will be given preference, but all qualified students may apply. 5. Applicant must submit a separate letter to the Arkansas Advertising Federation stating his/her interest in receiving a scholarship. Applicant may also submit on a separate sheet any pertinent information not requested in the application, but which may aid in the evaluation. The completed application must be mailed or delivered to the chairman of the local AAF chapter education committee at the address listed below. Please do NOT fax. Electronic submission preferred. 6. Applicant may at a later date be asked to submit additional information or be called to participate in an interview. Therefore, current and/or alternative telephone numbers must be included. 7. Applications must be signed, dated and received no later than Friday,May 17, 2013. 8. Students awarded scholarships must Read the rest

Nominate A Fellow Student for this years Student MVP Award!

Nominees should demonstrate several, if not all of these qualities: Great Work Ethic Great Attitude Dependability Reliability Versatility A Passion for Filmmaking Someone who makes your film better, simply because they are there; that is what a filmmaking MVP does! Nominations are being accepted in Stanley Russ, room 216 --Right Now!!! After the nominees have been selected, students will be able to vote on the winner at! The winner will be announced and presented with MVP Award at the UCA Filmmaker’s Ball.Read the rest

Crew for Documentary- Bullying: The Silent Killer


The Silent Killer

A documentary on bullying and its effects on today’s youth.

  Over the last couple of months the word bully has become a forefront in our society. Children are experiencing aggressive acts from peers too often and it seems to have become an epidemic in our schools. Arkansas statistics are rising at an alarming rate on children reporting being victims of bullying, and some ending fatally. Bullying the silent killer documentary will go into the halls of two high schools, two middle schools, and two elementary schools and speak to the students and get their experiences on bullying and what they feel can be done to decrease these acts. The documentary will also go into the life of a mother who just recently lost her child as a result of bullying.  Several celebrity appearances will be covered in this documentary along with prominent members of the Arkansas community. Upon completion of this project it will be viewed at the Rave Motion Picture Theater June 29th during the “It Takes A Village” weekend community festival. The Diamond Affiliates Production Group is seeking a film crew for this project, if this is something you are interested in and have experience in film please contact us at +1(901)653-4897 and send resumes via email to production@thediamondaffiliatesgroup. We look forward to hearing from you.… Read the rest

Digital Media Production Instructor-Pulaski Technical College

Job Title: Digital Media Production Instructor
Department: Digital Media Production
Date Posted: 3/27/2013
Job Description: Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock, Arkansas, one of the state's fastest-growing two-year colleges, is accepting applications for a full-time, nine-month faculty position for a Digital Media Production Instructor. Responsibilities: The Digital Media Production Department launched in the fall of 2012 and offers an associate of applied science degree and a technical certificate designed to develop students' entry-level skills in web design, graphic design, digital video production and audio production. The successful candidate will be a specialist with training and experience in digital video production or audio production with the ability to teach introductory courses in both areas. Applicants must possess a high degree of technical competency in video or audio production and in MAC OSX and MAC hardware. (first review of applications will be April 5, 2013)
Minimum Requirements: Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in a related area is required and a master's degree is preferred as is professional experience in the relevant field. The candidate should have extensive technical expertise in digital video or audio production technology and in a variety of digital media production applications such as Apple Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Adobe CS6, Premier or Final Cut.
Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package to include life insurance, health insurance, sick leave, retirement and tuition waiver for full-time benefits eligible employees.
Contact Info: Interested candidates should submit a Pulaski Technical College application, letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, unofficial copies of
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Mozilla Firefox Flicks (:60 sec or less) Global Video Contest

What is the Mozilla Firefox Flicks (0:60 sec or less) Global Video Contest?

It's a video contest. It's an opportunity to reach millions of Firefox users and inspire them to get mobilized. It's a chance to win great prizes and be seen by celebrity judges who can make your moviemaking dreams come true. This year there's only one category, so whether your flick is funny or serious, animated or live action, we want to see it. It just has to be 60 seconds or less and get people excited about the future of the Web on mobile. See what last year's winners have to say about their experience and use the materials below to help you make your flick.
Mozilla Firefox Flicks (:60 sec or less) Global Video Contest: One thing worth noting is the videos do NOT need to have Mozilla nor Firefox branding in them. Attached please find the 1 Page Overview. Here is the link to it as well with active links within the body of it: Downloadable Media Kit - contains posters, flyers which you can print out and post freely: Sample Videos that we received, but videos can be much simpler than this: In terms of a brief paragraph, you may want to use this for your newsletters, social media, emails, etc:
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Adjunct Professor of Screenwriting Western State Colorado University

Adjunct Professor of Screenwriting
Western State Colorado University
Gunnison, CO
Application Deadline April 20th, 2013
Starting date July 1st, 2013
Western State Colorado University (WSCU) is seeking applications for adjunct appointments to teach in our low residency MFA in Creative Writing, Screenwriting Concentration.   Hiring is based on enrollment.  Permanent residency in Gunnison Colorado is not required.  The annual three-week residency in July is required.
Mandatory qualifications: (1) Applicants must possess an MFA, Ph.D., or other related terminal degree.  (2) A demonstration of teaching excellence at the university level is required.  (3) A record of broadcast, theatrically distributed or juried competition works in the area of motion picture and/or television scriptwriting is required.
Additional skills sought include (1) experience with online (distant) teaching and learning (including Blackboard & Skype), (2) screenplay or teleplay doctoring and development, (3) motion picture or television producing, and (4) entertainment industry career representation, or mentoring.
For more information about our industry-oriented, innovative, and rigorous graduate program please log on to:
Interested applicants should submit their current CV (including IMDB or other appropriate URL) and letter of interest to Jack Lucido, M.F.A.
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Alumni Spotlight Justin Nickels ’05

I was born in North Little Rock, Arkansas and grew up in Sherwood, Arkansas. I graduated from UCA in the Spring of 2005 from the school's film program. I've since worked on various film and television projects including Shotgun Stories, Paradise Lost 3, and Frontline on PBS.   In 2011 I married Mallory Nickels and we have two dogs, Keela and Vito.  I co-wrote the short film Europa with Mallory for Bruce Hutchinson and I'm currently in pre-production on a film I wrote that I hope to direct later this spring or early summer called Strangers.

What are you doing now professionally?

I actually do political work professionally and have for the last five years, but for the past seven I've worked for the Little Rock Film Festival and I've become very passionate about the work we do there.  I also happened to meet my wife Mallory there when she volunteered the second year. Two years ago I created the Little Rock Horror Picture Show as a spinoff genre festival for the LRFF and we're about to have our second March 22-24th. I also try to work on as many production projects as I possibly can.

What books, artwork or other movies have inspired you, overall or recently?

The Godfather (really part I and II) has been my favorite movie for about 17 years now.  I watch it at least three times a year and I almost always pick up something new every single time, either some nuance in a performance

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