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Performance and Media Arts

Program

The college offers a course in Film Pre-production in conjunction with the performance and media arts program, South Arkansas Community College also offers courses in scriptwriting, editing and postproduction , songwriting, and internship . These courses can be combined to offer unique opportunities for students to see their creative ideas displayed on the silver screen. It is a rare opportunity for someone to have their own movie produced.

The film instructors are Larry Powell, director of the Performing and Media Arts program at SouthArk Community College and instructor Paula Kaszuba. Together they have produced and directed dozens of movies which were award-winning. They received gold, silver, and bronze recognition in international film competitions. Both Powell and Kaszuba have played minor roles in Hollywood movies and have connections with the industry.

The classes are designed to produce feature films, documentaries, or film shorts for national and international competitions. Students writing these projects will also be invited to produce these scripts . Students will be armed with the skills to write for the media. These scripts also can be submitted for competition in national and international film festivals. The courses train students to prepare marketable scripts for local stations where jobs are available. Students will prepare treatments and movie trailers which can be submitted to producers for consideration for movies. The first documentary from SouthArk will be premiered in September in El Dorado. The title is, "Hands that Formed a Nation." It features World War II veterans from South Arkansas. Veterans included; Gearold Boyd, N. K. Callaway, George R. Crosley, Jr., Julius Elmore, Hubert Glenn, Bill Howard, Ella May Hughes, David James, James Doyle Jones, Earl Phillips, Othar Smith, Jack Turner, and John Wood. SouthArk professor, Suzanne Wache offered post war Germany stories. This documentary has been entered for completion in film festivals in Arkansas.

The film industry is gaining interest in South Arkansas our neighboring state, Louisiana is the third largest film producing state in the world next to California and New York. Arkansas possesses the same qualities and in many cases more natural resources. It is the goal of South Arkansas Community College to gain a foothold as a major film producing state. It is within our grasp and very probable. Powell and Kaszuba were instrumental in establishing Louisiana as a major film producing state in the last fifteen years. Powell says, "Arkansas is in a prime position for this industry to be realized. And El Dorado's initiative is encouraging. It is an industry that can affect many businesses in El Dorado. When a film is being produced in our city, the crews eat at restaurants, stay at motels, rent homes, buy building supplies, rent and buy cars, buy groceries, hire electricians, plumbers, and carpenters, and hire various workers. And besides all that, it is an exciting field in which to work! When El Dorado becomes a production city, there will be a constant hum of jobs in the area. There will no longer be a need to move to Los Angeles or New York to be involved in the film industry and to use one's creativity."

There are several courses being offered this fall to prepare the prospective filmmaker for jobs.

Other courses include;
COMM-1013.01. SCRIPTWRITING,
COMM-1103.01 INTRO TO FILM,
COMM-1203.90 AMERICAN CINEMA,
COMM-1403.01 EDITING & POST PRODUCTION,
COMM-1603.31 DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY,
COMM-1703.31 SONGWRITING,
COMM-2303.21 FILM PRE-PRODUCTION, and
COMM-2503.01 INTERNSHIP.

A student is able to earn an associates degree in film production at SouthArk in four semesters. For more information, call South Arkansas Community College at 501-870-862-8131 or 800-955-2289. or contact Larry Powell at 501-875-7272. Email lpowellATsouthark.edu , Paula Kaszuba at pkaszubaATsouthark.edu or John Spenser jspenserATsouthark.edu An exciting fun field is waiting for you.

Associate Degree - Film Concentration

FIRST SEMESTER
COURSE   SEM. HR.
ENGL 1113 Composition I 3
COMM1103 Introduction to Film 3
TECH 1003 Technical Math 3
CSCI 1003 Computers and Information Processing 3
PSYC 2003 General Psychology 3
Semester Total 15
 
SECOND SEMESTER
COURSE   SEM. HR.
ENGL 1123 Composition II 3
COMM2303 Film Pre-Production 3
THEA 2633 Acting I 3
SPCH 1113 Principles of Speech 3
  Fine Arts Elective* 3
Semester Total 15
 
THIRD SEMESTER
COURSE   SEM. HR.
HIST 2013 History of U.S. to 1876 or  
HIST 1003 History of Civilization to 1700 3
COMM1403 Film Editing/Post Production 3
COMM2403 Film Production and Design 3
COMM1603 Scriptwriting 3
  Social Science Elective** 3
Semester Total 15
 
 FOURTH SEMESTER
COURSE   SEM. HR.
HIST 2023 History of U.S. since 1876 or  
HIST 1013 History of Civilization since 1700 3
COMM2103 Directing 3
COMM1503 Lighting 3
COMM1303 Audio Production 3
  COMM Elective*** 3
Semester Total 15
 
Program Total 60

* Fine Arts Electives: Literature I or II, Theatre Appreciation, Music or Art Appreciation

** Social Science Electives: History of U.S. to 1876, History of U.S. since 1876, History of Civilization to 1700, History of Civilization since 1700, or Introduction to Sociology

*** Program Electives: Theatre Production I, II, or III; American Cinema, Copywriting, MediaEthics, Internship, Documentary Film-making, Sound Design for Film, Makeup, or Costume

Associate Degree - Theater Concentration

FIRST SEMESTER
COURSE   SEM. HR.
ENGL 1113 Composition I 3
THEA 1103 Introduction to Theatre 3
TECH 1003 Technical Math 3
CSCI 1003 Computers and Information Processing 3
PSYC 2003 General Psychology 3
Semester Total 15
 
SECOND SEMESTER
COURSE   SEM. HR.
ENGL 1123 Composition II 3
THEA 2003 Theatre Appreciation 3
THEA 2633 Acting I 3
SPCH 1113 Principles of Speech 3
THEA 1023 Theatre Production I 3
Semester Total 15
 
THIRD SEMESTER
COURSE   SEM. HR.
HIST 2013 History of U.S. to 1876 or  
HIST 1003 History of Civilization to 1700 3
THEA 2643 Acting II 3
COMM1603 Scriptwriting 3
THEA 2013 Theatre Production II 3
  Fine Arts Elective* 3
Semester Total 15
 
FOURTH SEMESTER
COURSE   SEM. HR.
HIST 2023 History of U.S. since 1876 or  
HIST 1013 History of Civilization since 1700 3
COMM2103 Directing 3
COMM1503 Lighting 3
THEA 2023 Theatre Production III 3
  Program Elective** 3
Semester Total 15
 
Program Total 60

* Fine Arts Electives: Literature I or II, Music Appreciation, or Art Appreciation

** Program Electives: Stagecraft, Internship, Makeup, Costume, or Audio Production

Associate Degree - Music Concentration

FIRST SEMESTER
COURSE   SEM. HR.
ENGL 1113 Composition I 3
MUS 1083 Music Theory I 3
TECH 1003 Technical Math 3
CSCI 1003 Computers and Information Processing 3
PSYC 2003 General Psychology 3
Semester Total 15
 
SECOND SEMESTER
COURSE   SEM. HR.
ENGL 1123 Composition II 3
MUS 1302 Piano Class 3
MUS 1111 Class Voice Instruction or MUS 1231 Guitar Class I 3
SPCH 1113 Principles of Speech 3
MUS 2003 Music Appreciation 3
  Social Science Elective* 3
Semester Total 15
 
THIRD SEMESTER
COURSE   SEM. HR.
HIST 2013 History of U.S. to 1876 or  
HIST 1003 History of Civilization to 1700 3
MUS 1252 Sight Singing and Ear Training I 3
MUS 1312 Piano Class 3
  Music Electives*** 3
  Fine Arts Elective** 3
Semester Total 15
 
FOURTH SEMESTER
COURSE   SEM. HR.
HIST 2023 History of U.S. since 1876 or  
HIST 1013 History of Civilization since 1700 3
MUS 2402 Basic Conducting 3
MUS 2503 Music Performance 3
TCOMM 1303 Audio Production 3
  Program Electives** 3
Semester Total 15
 
Program Total 60

* Fine Arts Electives: Literature I or II, Theatre Appreciation, or Art Appreciation
** Social Science Electives: History of U.S. to 1876, History of U.S. since 1876, History of Civilization to 1700, History of Civilization since 1700, or Introduction to Sociology
*** Music Electives: Piano Class, Private Piano Instruction, Guitar Class, Private Guitar Instruction, Private Voice Instruction, Private Organ Instruction, and SouthArk Singers

Guidelines for Script Submission

  • The script and its treatment must be submitted on a CD or by email (see address below). The writer(s) name, address, and telephone should be included.
  • Length of the script should not exceed 90 minutes (pages). Running time and the treatment should not exceed two pages double-spaced.
  • The script must be the original work of the screenwriter(s).
  • The script that is selected to be produced as a movie becomes the property of South Arkansas Community College. However, full credit will be given to the screenwriter(s). No payment, fee, stipend, etc. actual or implied will be paid to the script writer. SouthArk will relinquish all rights to the screenplay after completion of the Film Festival competitions.
  • South Arkansas Community College reserves the right to edit the script for production purposes, which will not affect the storyline. The screenwriter(s) cannot hold liable South Arkansas Community College, the Performance and Media Arts Division, or its employees for these changes.
  • The script must be easily produced in South Arkansas. (e.g., forest, rivers, bayous, small towns, rural or urban . . . NO deserts, mountains, etc.)
  • The script should be family oriented and not contain excessive violence or abusive and suggestive language.
  • The script must not have been previously optioned, produced, or purchased.
  • The script must be in English.
  • Multiple screenplays are accepted but each submission requires a separate entry form.
  • South Arkansas Community College is not responsible for screenplay CDs lost, stolen, or lost in shipping.
  • Judges' decisions are final.
  • Submissions must be in standard motion picture script format.
  • Title should appear on each page of the script.
  • Writer(s) name(s) should not appear anywhere on the script.
  • Each script must include a four sentence or fewer synopses.
  • Scripts will not be returned.
  • South Arkansas Community College reserves the right NOT to produce ANY script which is submitted if it does not meet the needs or guidelines of the production team.
  • The screenwriter(s) will be invited to attend the premiere, receive a copy of the movie, and be credited for their work.
  • All scripts must be received in our office no later than November 15th.
  • All scripts received after November 15th of each year will be judged in the following year's competition.

Internet Radio Station, KSAC

The Performance and Media Arts Program at South Arkansas Community College has begun the kick-off of its Internet radio station, KSAC, with its "maiden show", Ask the President, with Dr. Barbara Jones as the regular guest. Dr. Jones was the brainchild of this show and the first to record the program. Performance and Media Arts (PMA) is a new program offering a degree in drama, film, and music at SouthArk.

PMA intern, Karly Smith, will host the show monthly with Dr. Jones. Karly will accept questions for the show and address these questions in the next interviews as time allows. This Internet radio station was the result of a mini grant from the SouthArk foundation. This is the first of many programs that will be aired as the station develops.

Student, Nicolas Patterson, is the station manager for KSAC and Jane Dixie will be hosting programs highlighting the arts in the community. Anyone wishing to ask the president regarding happenings about the campus or if you wish to highlight the arts, contact Larry Powell.

Faculty and Staff

Larry Powell, Director of Performance and Media Arts
Office Location ADM 203B
Office 870-864-7272

SouthArk Community College
311 S. West Ave
El Dorado, AR 71730