Okay, it has been a busy summer and we did not have a chance to get anything posted during that time. However, with a new semester comes new news. We are feverishly working on a new cinema degree (Associates of Fine Arts) to begin in the fall of 2017. Finally, students will be able to attend NOVA and get a degree in what they love – film!
We will keep you updated on the progress but we are moving in the right direction.
Also, we had three projects our students were working on in the spring and we are finally starting to see them come online…
The students completed a short film based on a screenplay from a writer in London. Check it out here and in the “Videos” page of this blog:
Also, the students did a commercial for Hometowne Auto & Tire. If you visit their Facebook page, you can see it posted there (and I encourage you to do so and watch all their other exciting content – they are a wonderful company built on the platform of excellent customer service); but, here is also a direct link to their Youtube posting of the video:
And, finally, the students completed a music video for exciting up and coming artist Cameron Pierson of Ohio, who is signed to local record label Potomac Records. The song and video will be officially released on October 4th, so you will have to come back then for its premiere.
It is not often we hear about the internship experiences of our students but please take a minute to read this article from one our recent students who worked as a videographer and editor at an auto repair shop – quite a mix but an experience she will never forget.
How did a young female filmmaker end up working in an auto repair shop?
A few new videos form last fall 2015 semester have been added to the VIDEOS section of this blog site – check them out.
Also, next week starts a brand new semester so get registered now for your film production or film theory classes.
Just some every day fun when you are part of the film classes on the Woodbridge campus of NOVA (consider this when enrolling for classes for the spring).
Just to let off some steam, we decided we would spoof the printer destruction scene from the cult classic movie, Office Space.
Check it out:
(Professor Chris Stallings with Assistant Tutoring Coordinator, Emily Stinson, and SGA President Josh Siegmund)
It is that time again – registration. Spring registration is upon us and I have already heard a lot of conversation around campus with students that are interested in taking video production courses.
We will be offering both Video I (PHT 130) and Video II (PHT 131) this coming spring 2016 semester.
While Video I is a great course for all things filmmaking and will concentrate on making you a better filmmaker for each student, no matter what starting level of experience, it is by no means basic. Learn all aspects of pre-production, production, and post-production.
Video II is reserved for those students who have already taken Video I (or by special permission by the instructor – Chris Stallings). Video II will concentrate more on the class working as a small independent film crew and using the time to deepen your understanding of cinematography, including lighting and audio, and you will get exposure to the RED Epic cinema camera and start filming in 5K resolution.
Start becoming a professional in the field now.
However, classes are cancelled quickly if there is not early interest (as determined by enrollment) so make sure you are not disappointed if you wait to enroll. Do it now and reserve your spot.
Let’s make the next best thing together!
Once a semester, the PHT 130 (Video I) students get to “play” with many of the filming tools we have available: dolly, jib, slider, as well as, work on lighting set ups to better understand the types of lights, hard vs. soft, gels and color temperature, and decreasing intensity.
Here are a few still shots from this afternoon:
Before shot of regular classroom lighting with overhead fluorescents:
(Thank you to “model” Anna)
Shots of Anna and “model” Lara with basic three point lighting (with second shot of basic color correction – no grading):
Watch as student Meghan Oney is viewed through the lens of the RED Epic camera though the reflection of the camera operator is seen as he racks focus.
What used to be common advertising gimmicks has now transitioned into the same cliches just in video format. But is this a bad thing? Video can arguably move emotions easier and with more depth than print ads so video opens up many new opportunities to connect with an audience but the same foundations are still there…
Make it memorable:
Former film students Meghan Oney and Paige Fischer volunteered their time two weeks ago during the LTR Division’s sponsored Tech Week event.
During three separate sessions, they demonstrated the use of Adobe’s Premiere Pro to complete simple editing commands.
Their demonstrations were well-received by students and faculty alike.
We thank them so much for all their hard work and time in helping the campus.
Here are a few pictures of the event: