Lights, camera, action: UWG prepares for student film screening

As the spring semester comes to an end, the film production students in the Department of Mass Communications are preparing for a campus screening of student-made films and projects. Each semester, the film production professors organize a screening of student films to showcase the work of the semester.

This semester’s screening will feature student films from courses such as Fundamentals of Film & Video Production, Digital Cinematography & Image Design and Film & Video Post-Production. The selection of films will represent the best output of the semester.

There will be two screenings taking place on Thursday, April 24, beginning around 5:30 p.m. in Humanities Room 312. This event is free and open to the public.

Last semester’s screening was a great turn out—filled with documentaries, sound design projects, as well as a number of incredible short films. Not only mass communications students and faculty attended this event, but other majors as well.

The department encourages all students and faculty to come support the film students.

“It’s great to let students see their work on a big screen. The screening creates a sense of community,” said Deon Kay, Assistant Professor of Mass Communications.

The student directors of these films have spent their spring semester experimenting with film equipment and tools, such as quality digital cameras, tripods, industry-modeled lighting equipment, dollies and green screens. The students have also spent the semester filming and then editing for countless hours in the Anthropology Mac Labs to produce quality work. This semester has required the students to increase their familiarity with editing software, such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects.

With the Mac labs as a resource available to production students, they often spend long hours editing projects to perfection. Travis Cooper, a senior production student, noted that he has spent seven hours in one of the Mac Labs editing a single project.

“I have spent twelve hours over the course of a week editing one of her production projects.” said Ayla Welch, a UWG junior.

After a semester filled with Adobe tutorials and becoming familiar with the industry of film and video production, these students are ready to show off their work and support their peers.

With the semester’s end just around the corner, the department of Mass Communications is hopeful that this semester’s screening will be even more successful than previous semesters.

“The student screening offers students in Mass Communications production courses the opportunity to present their work to the public at large and celebrate the semester’s successes, as well as to see work produced in other courses, for some as a preview of what that course entails,” said Christopher Renaud, Assistant Professor of Mass Communications.

“The department would like to increase the number of attendants and make this event an evening to inform the students and faculty at the University about the courses offered and support the students whose films will be screened,” continued Renaud.



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