Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Professor Noel’s interest in the visual and creative arts sprang from a childhood love of drawing, playing music, and making things. As a professional musician in Dallas, Texas, he was introduced to the world of video broadcasting. It was an instant fit and offered the creative outlet he had been looking for.
Professor Noel is the producer of “The American Acoustic Guitar,” a historical documentary on lutherie. During the production, he built the guitars he played on the soundtrack. He also developed “The Arc of Production,” a practical guide for media producers, which demystifies the process of taking a project from start to finish.
Professor Noel previously taught at Sam Houston State University, specializing in event production with more than 500 field productions including sports, music, speeches, awards shows, and parades. Additionally, he oversaw the nightly cable newscast and produced a biographical museum installation for the Sam Houston Memorial Museum.
As Director of the Donovan Media Development Center at University of Lynchburg, Professor Noel has directed dozens of client media projects including promotional campaigns, fundraising & event videos, television commercials, 360 degree and 4K digital cinema projects, and radio spots. The DMDC affords students the opportunity to participate with a working professional on real-world projects – not just classroom practice. Professor Noel and his students recently collaborated with Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest to create visitor center films for the historic landmark.
In the classroom, Professor Noel’s childhood fascination with all things creative is a fully realized dream. His classes include basic media production, digital editing, motion graphics and animation, cinematography, and audio. His expertise extends from single camera field production to studio projects, to producing and directing, to editing and 2D animation. A common thread through his classes is “The Arc of Production,” which firmly grounds students in organization early on so that their upper-level work will reach its fullest potential.