College of Allegheny County’s South Campus held a ribbon cutting ceremony today
to celebrate the opening of its new Film Center, which will house the campus’
rapidly growing Film Technician program. Local dignitaries, including County
Executive Rich Fitzgerald, and CCAC administrators, faculty, staff and students
were in attendance to share in the festivities and view the new space that will
house the highly successful program.
at South Campus in the spring of 2017, CCAC’s Film Technician program is
designed to address the shortage of qualified film crew members in the
Pittsburgh region. The program focuses on the technical aspects of the filmmaking
process and prepares students for a variety of careers in the film and
television industry. Major players in the industry have joined the faculty to
share their real-world knowledge and experience, and graduates have gone on to
work on professional sets and even make their own movies.
new state-of-the-art center will better accommodate the growing program, which
expanded from 30 students across four courses in the spring of 2018 to more
than 130 students across 13 courses in the spring of 2019. The center features
a large film studio, construction area, woodshop, sound room, computer lab,
classroom, dressing room and equipment center. Film Technician students learn a
range of hands-on skills and create their own films, shooting in a variety of
campus facilities as well as in public settings.
of the courses have a hands-on approach so our students have the core skills
they need to be successful in the industry,” said P.J. Gaynard, associate professor and director of the
program. “This new center will definitely help us further our goals.”
semester, the students present their final projects—a collection of short
films, music videos, spec commercials, poster presentations and cinematography
reels—to the college and wider community. Work from other students in the
department, such as built props, painted set pieces and constructed sets, is
also displayed. The next student screenings and showcase will take place
on Friday, May 10, at the South Campus Theatre. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and
screenings begin at 6:30 p.m. Students will present 18 short films, 18 spec
commercials, 13 music videos and other projects. A $200 cash scholarship,
provided by Entertainment Partners, will be presented to a deserving student in
more information about CCAC”s Film Technician program, visit ccac.edu/FilmTech/
or contact PJ Gaynard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Campus is located at 1750
Clairton Road (Route 885), West Mifflin, PA 15122.