Pulaski Technical College has partnered with Arkansas' motion picture leaders to launch targeted training to meet the workforce needs of the state's burgeoning film and digital content production industry.
The initial training curriculum, which will launch in spring 2012, will focus on two areas: scripted film and digital content production management, which includes film, television, web, commercial and industrial/training; and nonfiction production, which includes documentary and journalism.
"We are fortunate that the Renaud Brothers - Little Rock's own globally recognized, innovative leaders in the world of nonfiction production - will lend their expertise to our program," said David Durr, dean of Pulaski Tech's Information Technology Division. "Our intention is that they will not only help us groom the next generation of content creators, but that their example will bring other industry leaders and best practices to our students."
Craig and Brent Renaud, founders of the Little Rock Film Festival, bring an industry-leading skill set to the offering. Emmy and Directors Guild of America-nominated feature documentarians (Dope Sick Love, Off to War, Warrior Champions), the Renauds are also pioneering cinéma vérité journalists, creating content for international media outlets such as The New York Times and NBC.
Leaders of Pulaski Technical College were first approached about the workforce needs and opportunities by Arkansas Film Commissioner Christopher Crane of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and Gary Newton of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce Little Rock Film Commission.
"The Arkansas Film Commission is excited to partner with Pulaski Tech as its production training begins formulation in the fall of 2011," said Crane. "Pulaski Tech's initiative will help Arkansas produce the next generation of filmmakers who will produce world-class content. In addition, through programs like this and others offered at SAU Tech, UALR and UCA, Arkansas is building a crew base that empowers filmmakers to hire locally, which is a great incentive for production and testament to the quality of the training."
"Pulaski Tech was already down the road in crafting a media arts curriculum bridging traditional divisions, such as fine arts, but rooted in information technology," said Newton. "We were fortunate that they were not only receptive to our ideas, but nimble enough to immediately adjust based on the real, but unfulfilled, needs of the industry in Arkansas."
Following its successful model of creating real world, industry-driven curriculum in industries such as aerospace, wind power and advanced manufacturing, Pulaski Tech will look to a new, full-time instructor/facilitator, experienced in commercial film and digital content production, to help design, implement and lead the new concentration.
Interested and qualified applicants are encouraged to immediately submit an application, statement of teaching philosophy, resume, list of three references and unofficial copies of college transcripts to: Pulaski Technical College, Office of Human Resources, 3000 West Scenic Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72118.