Collins College and Earl Jones Institute for Film & Television Provide Free Seminars on Film Production & TV Production

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Collins College, a school of design and technology, and Earl Jones Institute for Film & Television are conducting free seminars on "Grip and Lighting Basics" used in both film production and TV production.

Collins College, a school of design and technology, and Earl Jones Institute for Film & Television are conducting free seminars on “Grip and Lighting Basics” used in both film production and TV production.

The seminars provide individuals with hands-on, professional training on the basics of TV production as well as film production. Seminars include introductory training on how to light a set, adjust sets and props and basic camera techniques. Industry film professionals from Phoenix and Los Angeles instruct students on equipment use. The hands on, professional training is open to students and the general public.

Earl Jones Institute for Film & Television is donating a fully equipped professional grip and lighting truck for the monthly seminars held on the Collins College Tempe campus. Film and television professionals often rent a grip and lighting truck when they are filming outside a production studio. A fully equipped grip and lighting truck typically has a generator, power cables, a dolly, and lighting equipment. Additional equipment can include camera packages and camera support. The equipment would normally rent for approximately $1,200 per day, but is being donated by Earl Jones Institute for Film & Television. The Institute hires and pays for the film professionals conducting the seminars.

The next seminar on film and TV production is scheduled for Saturday, June 4, on Collins College Campus in Tempe. Workshops are from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited and participants must RSVP. For more information about the free seminars, call the Earl Jones Institute for Film & Television at 480-732-1700, call Collins College at 480-966-3000, or visit http://www.collinscollege.edu/contactshort/index.asp?src=30556.

“Hosting the seminars at the Collins College Tempe campus is a perfect fit for our students. Collins offers a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Media Arts and an Associate of Arts Degree in Media Arts. Our objective is to train students for a career. Access to a professional grip truck provides students with the basic technical and project management skills required in film and television production,” said Steven Bradford, Department Chair Media Arts, Collins College.

According to Mathew Earl Jones, president of Earl Jones Institute for Film & Television, “We selected Collins College to host our workshops because of the caliber of its media arts degree program. Through our training seminars, we hope to promote film and television production in Arizona and attract more business here. We also chose Collins because of its diverse student population. As a non-profit entity, we are dedicated to training students, minority and disadvantaged filmmakers in Arizona.”

About Earl Jones Institute for Film & Television:

Earl Jones Institute for Film & Television is the only entity of its kind in Arizona that provides professional training for college students, minority, and disabled individuals in order to provide a broad, well-prepared based of production personnel to serve the Arizona production industry. The institute was co-founded by Mathew Earl Jones, son of actor Robert Earl Jones and brother of actor James Earl Jones. The institute was founded in 1983 as the Harlem Folklore Theater. In recognition of the institute’s efforts to promote training and preparation for minority and disadvantaged filmmakers in Arizona, Governor Napolitano proclaimed February 1, 2005 as “Earl Jones Institute Day.” For more information, call 480-732-1700.

About Collins College:

Collins College provides students with career-focused education in design and technology. Approximately 2,000 students from across the nation attend Collins College. Collins offers bachelor’s degrees in visual communication, graphic design, interior design, animation, game design, media arts, management, applied technology management, and network technology. Associate’s degrees are offered in visual communication, media arts and personal computer/network technology. All programs are designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in their degree areas. Collins has a main campus in Tempe and has a branch campus in Phoenix. Collins College was founded in 1978. The parent company is Career Education Corporation (CEC). For more information on Collins College, visit http://collinscollege.edu or call 480-966-3000.

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Ann Papagalos

602-279-2934

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Papagalos Strategic Communications

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