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PFTT: Hands-on Filmmaking Courses at Chattanooga State

Professional Film and Television Training consists of a series of courses that have been offered at Chattanooga State Community College for several years. In it’s current form, there are 3 courses that should be taken in sequence beginning each Fall with PFTT 250 Introduction to Film and Television Technology.

It’s really more than just courses, as we develop cohorts of like-minded creatives who come together to make films. You will get hands-on instruction on state-of-the-art equipment provided by the college and you will be expected to contribute to the production process in a variety of production roles.

PFTT 250 – Introduction to Film and Television Technology – Fall 2014

This course to introduce students to the business and everyday working methods of professional film and television production with an emphasis on techniques used in field shooting for motion pictures, dramatic television shows, TV commercials and music videos. This course will be the first step in enabling students to acquire skills necessary for gainful employment in a professional film/video production setting.

These are credit courses that you must be registered to attend. For more information contact or visit our facebook page.

Brad Stevens Feast For The Eyes

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    Mass Comm classes at Chattanooga State Community College taught me how to use selective focus to make a subject stand out in a photograph, and then how to tweak that photograph (Intro. to Electronic Media) within Photoshop to use (for example) in print ads.

In  my television production class I was the videographer and editor for this McKamey P.S.A, for which Andrew Cavett produced and directed.

I was also the producer, director, videographer, and editor for this “ConNooga” news package that was aired on “Today at Chatt. State” our college news show.

Hixson Youth Athletic Association











There are so many ways for our young people to learn life lessons. We put so much off on parents and teachers. I belive some of the most important lessons come from our coaches on the baseball field. At H.Y.A.A. we strive to incorporate many of lifes fundamental skills in to the joy of a good baseball game. Teamwork is something you will use for the rest of your life. The ability to listen to your coaches translates into listening to teachers, co-workers, and family. You don’t always get what you want in life so learning to be a good looser or a gratious winner will stay with our kids forever.

To better serve our community and our parents we have recently updated the activity on our Facebook page to make it more informative and user friendly. In the past it was just a place on the web. Now it is becoming a community for our parents and player. During our efforts to better serve our children we realized we had some problem with our website and the functionality of it. Our website is under repair and we are doing it big and doing it right. Our families are going to be able to sign up to get instant messages via text and email when we have rain outs or big announcements. It is an honor to work with H.Y.A.A. and an even bigger honor to play a part in molding these young boys and girls into men and women.

Please visit our new website as it is being built

Remember: The best coach is a good parent

Jamie Goebel

“Will Work For Your Charity For Free!”: The story of closed doors being a blessing ~ by Kimberly Munsey-Carlton

I have never felt as unwanted as when I offered my Social Media skills and services for free to local charities. That old phrase, “I can’t give it away!”, took on real meaning for me and my Social Media class project.

Because I was certain that like most businesses, charities would not be aware of all of the free or low cost promotional tools online, I set up a plan so they could visualize my offer. I clearly outlined what resources we could utilize, like Facebook and Twitter. These tools needed time and thought but little to no money. Best of all, these tools reap big rewards, like exposure and donations.

I then placed calls to multiple charities in Chattanooga, offering them my Social Media skills for one year, for free. I reassured them I had great references, was a Chattanooga State student, and had a portfolio of work. I educated them on what clients pay for these services and that they would have a commitment for this same service for absolutely nothing. The person that answered the phones at places like Interfaith Homeless Network were all very warm and excited about it, once I explained it several times, yet not one accepted.

The problem seemed to be that no one knew what to do with my offer. Continue reading

To Be or Not To Be a Vols Fan: By Jason Nunley

The loss to Oregon has some Vols losing faith in their team.  With the stinging wound left by the wake of Lane Kiffin, Vols fans are struggling to keep their head up. Continue reading

Student film = fun + hard work.

What does the term “student film” mean to you? At Chattanooga State for students in the Media Club and DV Filmmaking class it means fun and hard work.

This summer students in Chattanooga State’s Media Technology Program entered a 48 Hour Film Project in Nashville, TN. The team, led by Chris Willis, were largely students in the program’s two summer courses: Screenwriting and DV Filmmaking. Several actors were used from the Chattanooga State Professional Actor Training Program. Their film submission, Nude Art Class, was produced entirely–written, shot, and edited, within one 48 hour weekend, as required by the contest. Continue reading

How to start a Dance Company / Dance Crew

Five easy ways to start your Dance Company/Crew

By: Morgan Weske

First off, I’m not a professional at starting dance companies, but I do have some experience. As being a dance contractor for different dance companies and schools here in Chattanooga I have learned how to market and promote growth for my business. As well as, my friend and I have recently started a dance ministry here in Chattanooga and is progressing very well.

1)  You & Your Passion Like all good businesses it starts off with a simple passion/ desire for doing something you love. So, yes, it starts off with just you. If you don’t have teaching, leading, or choreographing skills than it’s best to start off somewhere (in a small local studio) where you can get experience. Like most artists, spending lots of time in the studio is crucial: preparing lesson plans, choreographing dances, and perfecting your technique. Then, start sharing with the community who you are as a local artist: videoing dances, attend dance clinics, teach private lessons, perform at festivals, perform at churches, perform any where you can. Exposing yourself to the community will get more people excited about what you do, and will possibly want to join you in your developing company.

2)  Developing Company Getting Exposed My friend Ariel said, “Once you start performing people will see you and want to join you.” Ariel and his wife started Relentless, a well known performance art ministry in Knoxville. He said they started off as a small crew, and when they started performing others joined. Once others are slowly joining your company it is good to have a routinely practice at least once a week when you all can get together and work on up coming performances. First, find a studio that will allow you to practice there, if not churches provide good space. Than, you and your small company should start performing at every free event you can find such as: art shows, venues, parks, talent shows, competitions, etc.

3)  First Performance After performing at every free event you’ll have people intrigued to watch you dance (fans). Then for sure you have people willing to pay money to see the company. Start planning the first official upcoming performance. (Don’t go over the board with details, stay simple) Like most businesses, they start off small and grow from there. Most likely, hold the performance at where the company practices at, if there’s room for an audience. If there’s not enough room perform in a church (always free). Stay simple, go with what you have. Start off with an introduction about the company and perform the dances you all have been working on. Having different people over directing, sound, lights, music, costumes, and other creativity will be a lot smoother than having one person do it all. Remember you are trying to build fans… so, keep the tickets relatively cheap! Or, don’t charge for tickets and accept donations only.

4)  Including Your Fans Getting your fans involved is very important. Social Media helps the most here. Start a You Tube account and Face Book account to include the community on all your videos and upcoming performances. It might seem like a lot at once, but just start with one account at a time. Later, build your website and create business cards. Charity events really include the community as well, such as dance work shops for: inner city kids, orphanages, hospital patients, etc. Also, do fund raisers for local charities.

5)  Staying Successful Lastly, goals and dreams are reachable, however, not if they are money oriented. Depending on how large the company grows, you might not make a career of it. If lucky enough, you might make enough steady income for you and the instructors. Most well known dance companies pay their dancers, and if you do make that much than I insist you do pay them. Because if you think about it your dancers have a very occupied life as well with school and work. Paying your dancers offer you more reliable dancers! They will take the company more seriously and tend to be apart of the company much longer than non-paid dancers.

Top Music Venues Downtown CHAttaboogie

by: Tara VEE

Here in CHAttanooga we only have about ten venues downtown (enter giggle of sarcasm here) as much as I love them all in some form or fashion I was forced to bring the number down to 5.

With that in mind and keeping to the downtown feel I must define venue not based on size but its consistent ability to provide music even if it only fits 20 people.

This list gives a little taste of each different style of music that I feel is important to CHAttaboogie.

We have many events during the year that bring amazing music to the Chattanooga Valley. Music series such as Nightfall, Summer Concert Series, 3 sisters Festival and the many charity events such as Brewers Festival are a valuable resource to our community.

When it comes to staple locations we must think of attendance, dynamic acts, and what I like to think of as “local love”. There are also a few new venues and even older ones that may not be in the downtown area but are definately worth mentioning.

As our youthful innovative expressions and perseverance push towards making CHAttanooga a well known “music city”,  I assure there will be many more venues in the future.

5. Ziggy’s Hideaway, 607 Cherokee Boulevard-Mostly underground and heavy hitting but not limited to,  Ziggy’s has given CHAttarockers a consistent Metal and Hard Rocking home.  Mostly including local and regional bands they have been known to pull head bangers such as former members of GWAR into the line up as well. And its a liquor store too. =)

4. Lindsay Street Hall, 901 Lindsay Street– Ken Crisp of Linsday Street Hall as well as his family have turned this church on Lindsay Street into a Bluegrass, Swing, Jazz, and Acoustic lovers dream. The building itself has a beauty that these styles of music cling to. Every Monday night Paul Lohorn’s 18 Piece Big Band plays and Thursday is set for local and live musicians.  For calmer CHAttanoogans this is the perfect place to take it easy and bring friends of anystyle.

3. Market Street Tavern, 850 Market Street- Market Street Tavern has a mix of all genres at any time of the week. With the introduction of Second Saturdays this spot has begun to gain even more popularity. I especially remember the thought that came to mind upon entering this event “Bringing together ties and tattoos!” Along with Second Saturdays you are garunteed to find incredible live acts every Friday and Saturday. Not to mention through the week matching drink specials and local favorites such as Old Time Players and Ben Friberg Trio.

2. Mudpie Restaurant, 12 Frazier Avenue- Mudpie is an Open Mic Mecca. Hosted by an amazing individual Shawnessey Cargile, with support of many others, this venue gives an oppurtunity every Saturday night for singer songwriters to show their stuff. The last Saturday of the month is the “Open Mic Challenge”, it is like Chattanooga’s own American Idol but Mudpie had guitars first.  Many people confuse Open Mic and Karaoke. Each have the good and the bad but Open Mic is held at a more professional level. True talent showcased weekly by people you may have never known and you would be amazed how talented a lot of them are. They have also branched out having music up to 3 other nights a week.

1. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd./Rhythm&Brews, 221 Market Street

 OKAY. . .I cheated. I just couldn’t do it. Each of these venues bring amazing local, regional, and national acts. Each have amazing men who book the shows and amazing staff (and wives) behind them. Each support our community with a deep love and commitment for the music in it. They are each eclectic with their choice of music and have something for everyone almost every night of the week. From cover bands, superstars bands, and crazy bands we would have never thought we would enjoy so much, I want to personally thank Mike and John for consistently bringing music to our lives here in CHAttavegas. and

Rocking Mentions: The Warehouse, Tremont Tavern, Discoteca, 412 Market formerly known as Fathom, Loose Cannon, Barking Legs Theatre, & The Riverhouse

10 Funny Pickup Lines, Compiled by Morgan Smith.


–          Have you ever been out and met someone who said something like the following? Well here’s a list to see what people sometimes say. Take a look and see if one sounds familiar.

10 Phrases Used to Pick Up the Opposite Sex

  1. “You must be from Tennessee, because you’re the only ten I see!”
  2. “This isn’t the runway, so why are you strutting.”
  3. “Weren’t you in Vanity Fair…I thought you looked familiar.”
  4. “Excuse me, do you have any raisins? How about a date?”
  5. “You dropped your smile; can I pick it up for you?”
  6. “If I could rearrange the alphabet, I’d put U and I together.”
  7. “Stand still so I can pick you up!”
  8. “Would you touch me so I can tell my friends I’ve been touched by an angel?”
  9. “Your daddy must be a hunter because he sure caught a fox!”
  10.  “I must be a snowflake ‘cuz I’ve fallen for you.”



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My Social Drug by Tara Morris


In this process of educating myself on the endless communication tools of the internet it seems I have been “gotten again”. My original idea of shallowness in  “status updates” and “tweets” has been changed by the drug of social networking.

I have a confession.

My name is Tara and I am an addict.

An addict of Social Networking.

This technology used by so many to inform mass audiences of bathroom breaks and negative feelings towards “Grammy winners” is alarming. I remember a time of the past where one could ignore boastful one upper personalities without clicking a button, but now we can even “delete” them from our lives.

On the other hand we now have an ability to find people with similar interests, inform the world and our backyard of events, and unite in numbers that could never be imagined before. In what other world does a top ten of most fans include Micheal Jackson, Mafia Wars, Vin Deisel, and I Love to Sleep?

Insanity right? Wrong. Not insanity but a Reality.

A reality of the world we live in and couldn’t imagine living without. So as I travel this road of social media feel free to share any knowledge you have. Link me, Tweet me, Tube me, and FaceySpace me. Shoot me up with information like a good drugdealer would!

Sometimes we change lives and Sometimes we Tweet.

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