Student’s short film to air on WQED-TV on Saturday, February 9
PITTSBURGH-Ash Warren, a Film Technician student at Community
College of Allegheny County, has been named a Next Generation
Fellow at WQED in Pittsburgh. Through the program, Warren is
enhancing production skills and gaining real-world experience in
the field of filmmaking. WQED Fellows learn about the editorial
process by developing, researching, writing, shooting and editing
their own films. Warren is one of two individuals currently
participating in the training program at WQED in Pittsburgh, the
nation's first community-supported television station and home of
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
Warren recently finished production on a narrative short film,
"A Visible Truth," through CCAC's Film Technician program, which
will screen on WQED-TV on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 10:00 p.m. as part
of Filmmakers Corner. The film deals with the subject of someone
going out in public as transgender. Besides Warren, who wrote,
directed, produced and edited the film, several other CCAC students
contributed-they are: Elisabeth Allin, producer; William G.
Stafford, director of photography; and Sydney Hefflin, first
assistant director. As a Next Generation Fellow, Warren wants to
learn as much as possible about what happens behind the camera in
order to tell stories that connect viewers to the region and the
wider world. For WQED, Warren is producing a documentary short on
City of Asylum, a local organization for writers living in exile.
The film is currently in production and will be completed in March.
Prior to joining CCAC, Warren earned a Bachelor of Arts in Women's,
Gender and Sexuality studies from The Ohio State University.
"For my films here at WQED, I want to focus on promoting
people who are underrepresented or even forgotten in our
society," said Warren. "As a Next Generation Fellow,
I'm given the opportunity to create and to explore the issues that
are important to this city. Through this fellowship, I want to
advance my technical skills in filmmaking but, most importantly, I
really just want to learn how to tell a good story."
The Film Technician program, which was launched at CCAC South
Campus in January 2017, is designed to address the shortage of
qualified crew members that occurs when the region has multiple
film and TV projects. The focus is on getting industry
professionals in the classroom and getting students ready for
attainable work in the film industry. The program has expanded from
a certificate to also offer an associate degree, and enrollment has
grown from 30 to 130 students in the past year. Patrick Gaynard,
assistant professor, recommended Warren for the fellowship because
Warren is an "extremely astute student," who is
thorough, works hard and never gives up.
To learn more about the Next Generation Fellowship at WQED,
wqed.org/next-generation-fellows/current-fellows. A trailer for
Warren's short film can be seen here: https://youtu.be/510tfVrWX6E.
To learn more about CCAC's Film Technician program, go to: ccac.edu/FilmTech/.
Photo courtesy of WQED