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Mission Statement:


The Arkansas Society for Cinema & Television Production (ASCTP) is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the “hands-on” introduction to—and development of—professional motion picture skills among Arkansas students in order to increase their economic and cultural opportunities among this $300 billion (and growing) worldwide industry.

















IT’S A WRAP for the 1st Two-Day Film School of 2009.  Bookmark this page for announcements of future workshops.



For photos and comments on the 2/7-8/09 event, go to:




Two-Day Film School: Cinematography & Lighting

February 7th & 8th, 2009

Jones Production Center Studio

916 West 6th St. • Little Rock


Saturday, February 7th


08:30 a.m.     Caffination & Casual Introductions

09:00 a.m.     Welcome—Arkansas Economic Development Commission—Chris Crane

Opening Remarks & Demonstrations—Gary Jones

10:00 a.m.     Screening of JPI Demo Reel & Feature Film DP interviews

11:00 a.m.     Best Director—Little Rock 48-hour film festival 2007 and 2008—Chris Cranford

noon               Lunch (not provided)

01:00 p.m.     Studio demonstration of RED ONE and Panasonic P2 cameras—Guy Galloway

02:00 p.m.     Studio demonstration of PMW EX1 with Brevis still & cinema lens adapter—Gabe Mayhan

03:00 p.m      NASCAR 3D: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE  behind-the-scenes documentary footage and program excerpt

04:00 p.m.     Studio lighting equipment demonstration

05:30 p.m.     End of session


Sunday, February 8th


08:30 a.m.     Screening of student films (no more than five-minute excerpts) and group discussion; introduction of special guest Orval Thomas and screening of FOLKTROPOLIS (1963)

noon               Lunch (not provided)

01:00 p.m.      Continuation of student screenings and discussion

03:00 p.m.     Studio interviews

05:00 p.m.     End of Session



 Link to responses from students and faculty:



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For More Information Contact :

Chris Crane -- 501.682.7676

Gary Jones -- 501.766.9493


            A “Two-Day Film School” for motion picture lighting and camera techniques will be held February 7th and 8th, 2009 in Little Rock at the Jones Production Center studio. Chris Crane, head of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) Film Office announced the workshop as an AEDC initiative to train students interested in future film crew positions and to alert the public to film incentive proposals that will be introduced at the next Arkansas legislative session.

            The motion picture equipment and technique workshop and seminar will be conducted by veteran IMAX cinematographer Gary Jones, Dempsey Film Group Director of Photography Guy Galloway, The Producers Studio producer/director/editor Gabe Mayhan, and other Arkansas film industry volunteers.  Participation is geared toward college-level film students and—due to the hands-on nature of the workshop—will be limited to twenty-eight participants. Sponsored by the AEDC Film Office, Jones Productions, and the non-profit Arkansas Society for Cinema & Television Production (ASCTP), there will be no fee—but registration is required. Contact Chris Crane at the Film Office (501.682.7676) or Gary Jones (501.766.9493) for more information.

            “Arkansas was the first state to offer a 5% or “Nickle Rebate” to attract film productions,” Crane reports. “It was a very successful program for its day, but now you have states like Louisiana, New Mexico, Michigan, and Connecticut offering up to a 30% tax incentive. Meanwhile, Arkansas is currently one of only two states in the nation without any film industry incentives at all. Film production is a great industry to attract to our state and to develop within our state. However, we need a level playing tax incentive playing field. We need more film production infrastructure investment. And we need more trained crews. I applaud this upcoming ‘Two-Day Film School’ as a step in the right direction. We hope that it is the first of many such training workshops.”