CPCC’s Digital Film Curriculum

The Digital Film department at Central Piedmont Community College is lead by two esteemed individuals.

George Cochran –  George M. Cochran, (Director’s Guild of America) has enjoyed a successful career in advertising, marketing, and visual media in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, working with agencies such as J. Walter Thompson, Young & Rubicam, Saatchi & Saatchi, and many others. He created and produced thousands of iconic images in commercial and as campaigns for Stouffer’s Food, Guerlain Perfume, Johnnie Walker Scotch, Max Factor, IBM, Mobile/Exxon, Sony and for 17 years, Miller Beer. Among his many awards are four Clio nominations, Art Director’s Awards, AIGA, for national commercials produced for Quaker Oats, Coors Beer, Betty Crocker, Jell-O, Wheaties, and National Child Help USA.

Since moving to Charlotte 10 years ago, he has consulted with large and small local companies, seeking communication strategies in print, TV, radio, and digital media through his company, Cochran Enterprises. By George’s own statement, his greatest accomplishment has been giving back, as founding director of the CPCC Film and Video Program. In this capacity, he finds an outlet, not just for his unique knowledge of the industry, but also for his belief in the importance of personal vision and artistic integrity through education. He is a board member of Channel 21 and has a program that airs for his Art of Production students as a conduit for their diverse productions ranging from a documentary on the Catawba River to their current documentary production of the ecological positives of the newly constructed Duke Energy Center, here in Charlotte. He is also a member of Ronnie Bryant’s Presidents Board of the Charlotte Regional Partnership.

He is an alumnus of RIT; has lectured at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Fordham University’s Graduate School, and The Smithsonian Institute; and is contributing editor to the Focal Encyclopedia of Photography.

Chris Pittman – Chris is CPCC’s resident Digital Arts Learning Resources Specialist. He has received degrees from Appalachian State University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Chris has worked as a producer, director and editor in commercial, corporate, television and film production for more than a decade. He has shot and produced for MTV, VH1, CNN and CMT television networks and on a number of independent films. His experience includes not only working in visual media but he has written, recorded and produced original music for independent films and television. Some of his music, featured in a North Carolina Community College System “Train the Trainer” film series, was nominated for “Best Original Score.” Mr. Pittman has also served as lead Sound Designer for high-tech consumer products during pre-production development and testing.

His film credits include Director of PhotographyRealms, Art DirectorA Box for Rob, Composer/Sound Designer/EditorThe Inexpressible Horror, Composer/Sound DesignerThe Hobby Stop. In teaching Final Cut Pro X™, Chris utilizes a “hands-on” approach to familiarize the student with the concepts of effective storytelling through non-linear editing. You’ll get to work with industry-leading technology and work in contemporary media in a state-of-the-art digital lab.