Hoang Thuc Linh, a well know Vietnamese singer, is releasing a Japanese cosmetic product in Vietnam in a few months. She came to Santa Fe University of Art and Design to shoot a commercial with on-campus film students
The student-run club appoints a panel of judges from various disciplines to offer their remarks after viewing the movie, while the filmmaker sits in a “hot seat” in front of the panel and listens to what they have to say.
It’s every film major’s dream to land a job in their area of expertise directly out of college, and alumna Kim Blacknall’s dream is coming true: Blacknall is working as a production and script supervisor assistant for up and coming Netflix mini-series Godless.
Film Major and senior Alec Brown is wrapping up the finishing touches on his latest short film, “Jesse Eisenberg Uses the Urinal.” Brown sat down with Jackalope Magazine to discuss the project and where he hopes it will end up in the future.
“Shipped” is a comedy mock trailer by Charlotte Renken that follows two misfortunate lovers being torn apart by a “shipping war.” Renken takes on the fandom, online subculture of shipping and transports it into the real world.
With real world experience being such an important part of an undergraduate degree, one class at SFUAD is teaching students extremely valuable tools when it comes to writing television. Students in Film professor Terry Borst’s class are focusing on writing “spec scripts,” a major skill needed for anyone wanting to break into the world of television.
While taking a field ecology class at Santa Fe Community College several years ago, Film School Junior Johnny Vigil became interested in Santa Fe’s water system. As a part of the class, students took field trips to locations where they would collect samples and make observations. During a field trip to Santa Fe’s reservoir, Vigil said he felt his eyes opened to something he’d never considered. “I guess I always assumed we just had this magic pipe that would pump our water,” Vigil said. “After taking that trip, I saw all of the wildlife. It really changed me. I saw the delicate ecosystem that provides our water.” Vigil said he was especially struck by the realization that the city’s water comes from a natural source. After the trip, he began to take notice of his own daily water usage. He started trying to find new ways to conserve water, such as simply turning off the sink while he brushed his teeth or taking shorter showers. Now, Vigil is at work on a short documentary about Santa Fe’s water usage. In particular, Vigil is attempting to highlight the ways Santa Fe conserves its water. Additionally, he said he hopes to show individuals how they can be conservative in terms of their own personal water usage. “It got me thinking,” Vigil said. “The water in Santa Fe is really precious. Is it sustainable?” The documentary will feature B-roll footage of the reservoir, which Vigil will be obtaining this week. Additionally, Vigil said he hopes to interview city officials in order to learn about the city’s methods of water conservation. “I really just want to inform my peers, my family and our city,” Vigil said. “Maybe I can even make it educational for students in elementary schools,...
As the director of photography, Bunee Tomlinson takes a lead role on the set of Jamie Haug’s latest film Lady Bug. With limited time and space, the day enters chaotic harmony. Haug plans to submit the film as his senior thesis at the end of this semester. Consequently, the pressure is on as the crew hustles to put together the perfect shot complete with fog....
The feature film Lost Kiddy Found follows an amateur investigative journalist as he attempts to uncover the mystery behind a string of kidnappings. The story was born of grief; the production is fueled by SFUAD film students’ dreams and ambitions.
On Feb. 29, the WTF film club showed William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet staring Oscar winning Leonardo DiCaprio. When asked if the film was shown in honor of DiCaprio winning best male lead at the Oscars the night before, Riley Gardner replied with, “it was just good timing.” Gardner and Julie Wittrock both run the club together and both watched DiCaprio win at the Oscars. Wittrock and Gardner were not surprised when DiCaprio won. Gardner was actually working at The Screen during the Oscars and recalled how the theater was ecstatic when DiCaprio won. While Wittrock’s favorite DiCaprio movie is Rome + Juliet, Gardner’s is the classic film, Titanic. “Seeing those people who made Titanic possible still active and still winning is heartwarming,” Gardner says fondly. Titanic was the movie that inspired Gardner to get into...
“I hate that I have to teach this class,” Lisa Lucas, instructor at the Film School, stated at the very start of the first session. “But someone has to do it.” Women in Cinema is the first ever SFUAD course to focus on women directors and writers of film history.
Three months ago, two student-written scripts were chosen for the fourth season of Shoot the Stars® , SFUAD’s annual student written and produced short film project. With just over a month until “Karkutong” and “Hate me Gently” hit the big screen, already participants claim that in vision, camaraderie and execution, this has been the greatest season as of yet in the history of this series.
Thisisourfilm is a studio created, written and produced by SFUAD students Alvie Hurt and Charles-Austin Ross. The productions includes “Reel Talk with Max Marriner,” the newly released satire “Rainbows,” the short film “The Egg” and the upcoming web series “Hump Day.”
Shoot the Stars ® season four has begun at SFUAD. Two screenplays were selected from student submissions, and are now in the process of being turned into films that will feature professional acting talent.
There are few things more intimidating than a senior getting ready to graduate from college. Being thrown into the world while also being forced to truly grow up is a hard transition. The Countdown, directed by Lia Gotz, targets this subject completely. “These women have worked really hard for the last four years towards adulthood and once it hit’s their youth is lost,” says Gotz. This student-produced film portrays two women getting ready to graduate when they happen upon a bucket list they made in previous years. With graduation the next day, they decide they have to honor their teen souls by completing their bucket list with the time they have left. “Youth is something that’s passing by really quickly and these women start to realize they have to grow up, have to get a jobs, have to start making money to support themselves,” Gotz explains. These powerhouse women working alongside Gotz came together to create a comedic film that students all over campus will be able to relate to in one way or another. They’ve spent the past five months writing scripts and raising their goal of $3,000 towards making this dream a reality. Since they’re working on a tight budget, they intend on make good use of school grounds and shoot the majority of the film on campus. “We really just want to show people what we can do,” says Gotz. “We’re not daisies, we can lift heavy equipment but we can also make people laugh, and that’s what we plan on doing.” They plan on being in post-production through December so they hope for an early 2016 release date. Working alongside Gotz are Producers, Summer Matthews and Eli Schaefer, first assistant director Jordyn Gregory and co-writer Kate...
Warren Couvillion and Omar Hilario don’t need to warm up the crowd for the Tuesday night movie club, Club-Along. At least 50 people fill the seats of The Screen for the club’s showing of Sweeney Todd, the 2007 Tim Burton film starring Johnny Depp. Theater rows fill up with cliques of varying sizes. Shouted conversations assault the ears before the emcees even begin their introduction. Couvillion and Hilario look like they could be brothers, both sporting trendy black hipster glasses. They stand in front of the audience and run through the standard list of “don’ts” at The Screen: don’t have sex; don’t drink alcohol; don’t do drugs. Ironic groans spill forth from the crowd. At the last moment, Couvillion adds, “Oh, and no masturbation.” “But it’s Johnny Depp!” someone screams, earning approving laughter. The club runners head to the projector booth to start the film. The houselights fade and the DreamWorks logo appears on screen, menacing organ music blasting out of The Screen’s speakers. Conversations continue at full volume, scattered throughout the theater. Though the voices die out as the opening credits roll, it is clear that Club-Along is unlike any other film club at SFUAD. The original concept for the Club-Along centered on quoting favorite lines along with the movie, but it dawned on Couvillion that sing-alongs might be more popular. Every other film club prohibits audience members from singing along, so that everyone can hear the movie. “I jokingly say I started the club to spite the other club runners,” Couvillion says. “The first club I ever went to here showed The Lion King and I wasn’t allowed to sing ‘Hakuna Matata.’” When the WTF Film Club played Mulan at the beginning of the school year, students received the standard warning against singing along with the movie. Some students sang anyway. “That was the moment I realized our club might actually be popular,” Hilario says. Film clubs typically stick around SFUAD until the club runners graduate. Couvillion and Hilario say the arrival of Film School almuna Charlotte Martinez as The Screen’s new manager opened up new possibilities. They approached Martinez at the beginning of the school year with their idea. Along with Simple Film Necessities, Club-Along is the second new film club established this year. Is it annoying to sit in a crowd of strangers and hear them singing and quoting along with every line of the film? That may depend on one’s temperament. Studio Art major Hannah Gardner came to the Club-Along to see Sweeney Todd for the first time. “My friends laughed at me when I got here, because I didn’t know it was a sing-along,” Gardner says. “I’m pretty serious when it comes to watching movies. I normally don’t like people talking, but it could’ve been worse. There were no horrible singers.” Yellow subtitles scroll at the bottom of the screen in case anyone forgets the words. As Johnny Depp and Jamie Campbell Bower sing the opening lines of “No Place Like London,” at least half the audience backs them up. The voices are remarkably in tune. More than a few Musical Theatre majors attend the Club-Along. It’s like sitting in the midst of a choir. Those singing have obviously listened to the motion picture soundtrack ad infinitum as they speak in unison with the dialogue that precedes the songs. They gasp along with Helena Bonham Carter just before belting out the lyrics to “The Worst Pies in London.” When Johnny Depp extends his arm, his razor blade shining, the audience shouts out with him, “At last, my arm is complete again!” The voices are a scattered mess. Some have memorized the film dialogue, and others have committed the slight variations of the movie soundtrack to memory. Everyone giggles. “It’s no secret that this club is the most lenient,” Hilario says. “We do make sure that everyone respects each other and don’t just yell out,...
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