Haywood Community College
Contacts: Debra M. Davis, Diana S. Conard
185 Freedlander Drive
Clyde, NC 28721
828-627-4521 Fax: 828-627-4513
HCC Film and Video Student Experiences Variety of the Profession
After Haywood Community College Film and Video Production Technology student Dylan Crouch spent 10 years traveling the United States after high school and a year of public service in Americorps, he decided it was time to focus on a career. That’s what brought him to HCC.
"I have always had creative outlets through different artistic expressions such as poetry, drawing, and collage," Crouch said. "The film program at Haywood Community College gave me the opportunity to learn an artistic trade and advance my abilities and understanding to produce a wider range of visual art."
Last summer, Crouch’s script called Beyond Return was selected for the class project. He wrote and directed the film which he calls a mix between fantasy and dark comedy.
"We shot on 16-millimeter and worked like mad for several weeks. As a first-time director I was more confident going into the process knowing that my fellow students were full of energy and enthusiasm and that I had the knowledge of our well-equipped instructors at hand."
“This project is like a calling card for these students,” HCC Film and Video instructor Edwin Dennis explains. “Besides giving them experience in all areas of production, we send these films to festivals.”
“Part of the lure and charm in choosing this profession is the variety. The spectrum of what you might be doing day to day is amazing—from biotech videos to commercials—you just never know,” Crouch explains. “Being involved in these projects has expanded the realm of understanding. It allows students to process and apply different techniques and methods. We began using cameras from the first year in the program and have had freedom to try different things.”
Dennis says the goal of the Film and Video Program is to give students practical experience in filmmaking and hands on experience in an exciting creative community. “I want to encourage students to pursue their dreams while giving them the foundation needed to make a living.”
Crouch's first job within the field of film and video production came as an associate editor for Waynesville-based Wedding Bell Videos, Inc., DBA Stellar Media. The company produces everything from wedding videos to documentaries to web-based commercials for businesses.
"It has been a positive experience all around, and I have had a great support system through the college, coworkers, and my family and friends."
Crouch's supervisor has only good things to say about Dylan's work: "He's extremely dependable, skilled, hardworking, and has tremendous attention to detail. HCC has prepared him well, and I know he'll be successful as he continues to grow with our company."
"I would recommend to anyone interested in pursuing a career in film and video production work to look at the programs offered at HCC. They have great teachers who are friendly and who actually care about the futures of their students," Crouch said.
For more information on the Film and Video Program at HCC, please call 627-4500 or visit www.haywood.edu on the Internet.
Photo Attached. Photo by Regina Holder, reginaholder.com
(Cutline:) HCC Film and Video student, Dylan Crouch, explores the world of film and video with his job at Wedding Bells Video in Waynesville. “Part of the lure and charm in choosing this profession is the variety. The spectrum of what you might be doing day to day is amazing—from biotech videos to commercials—you just never know,” Crouch explains.