Spring is always a busy time for film students at Dickinson College with multiple film classes in full swing. Not only do students learn the basics of filmmaking, but also they get a chance to create their own hands on projects. Students in David Warfield’s film and Liza Trevino’s documentary production classes have created some fantastic masterpieces with the help of some staff around the Media Center – along with a little bit of equipment! Check out some of the videos our students put together!
Hannah has been nice enough to hook us up with two videos she’s been working on. One a personal film project that she wrote and directed and one a documentary. In her first film, “Morning Cup”, Hannah explores just how much one might cherish their morning cup of mocha. What happens when you’re terrible rival takes both the girl of your dreams and your coffee?! In her second film, “Sweet or Deadly”, Hannah produces a documentary about HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) and it’s nutritional value (or lack there of) as well as its health effects. She then interviews college students and officials about the college’s role in regulating this potentially harmful substance. Check out her work below!
Peter was kind enough to send us his documentary film project for his class with Professor Trevino. Peter’s documentary examines the role and status of LGBTQ organizations on campus right now along with the progression of attitudes towards these groups and the students who are involved in them over the past few years.
Daniel Cuevas Guerrero
Daniel was kind enough to provide us with our final featured student project. In his video “Missed Connection”, Daniel tells the story of a man who sees a woman that catches his eye, but is too shy to say hello and tell her how he feels. Regretting his decision he posts a love message on YouTube hoping for a reply. The consequences put him in an unexpected dilemma! If you want to know how things unfold from there you’ll just have to watch!
In Althouse 106, on Thursday April 12 at 7:00pm, Dr. Bruce Paddington, Lecturer in the Department of Film Studies at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad, is giving a presentation titled “Caribbean Cinema: Issues of Representation, Historical Development and Film Practices.”
Dr. Paddington is the Founder and Festival Director of the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, Director of the New World Film Centre, and the founder of the media production company Banyan Productions. He is an award winning filmmaker, having made over 500 films and television programmes, mainly on Caribbean culture. His 2006 documentary, “The Mennonites of Belize,” received the award as the best cultural and educational programme by the Caribbean Broadcasting Union in 2007.
The Media Center is always a busy place but during the spring semester it rises to a whole new level of chaos. Although many projects are worked on, our heightened level of crazy can be attributed to the two film courses that are offered in the Spring.
These students camped out here for days at a time editing their productions and finally were able to show off their work last week in 2 separate film showings. For those of you who missed them, you still have a chance to view some of the short films here. A few students allowed us to link to their uploaded videos.
Two of these came from the Film Production class and one came from the Documentary Film class. Enjoy!
Join professor Warfield’s Digital Film Production class on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 in the Althouse Film Viewing room (106) at 8pm for the Dickinson Student Short Film Festival.
These students have camped out in the Media Center all semester and we can’t wait to see the fruits of their labor. We are also happy they will be able to rest like normal people again after their films are completed. Kudos to them all!
The Media Center has a small memorial to Nate Kirkland who was a student here at Dickinson and was tragically taken from us during a Service Learning trip to Guatemala in early 2009. He was passionate about filmmaking and had an infectious smile that would most definitely brighten your day.
Although the memorial is there to help remember Nate, people often pass by it without taking much notice as they rush to and from classes. We hope that people who didn’t know Nate, take the time to read a little about him and hopefully find inspiration in the way he lived his life, as he was always trying to make the world a better place.
Today, I walked by the memorial and found someone was kind enough to leave flowers, a note & a poem. It warmed my heart and saddened me all at the same time.
It made me think that the media center hasn’t promoted Nate’s work the way we should so here are some samples of what he created during the short period of time we were graced with his presence. The following are the poem & note that were left and it should inspire us all.