Department News (12-2-13)

Screen Shot 2013-12-02 at 5.14.42 PMBYU News Release: On Every Christmas season since 2006, The Killers have released a new single. In tune with the season of giving, the proceeds from sales go entirely to charity. This year, Killers frontman Brandon Flowers went to personal friend, BYU alum and director of Napoleon Dynamite Jared Hess to produce a music video to go with the song. Hess pointed Flowers to BYU, suggesting students could create it.  Despite a window of just three weeks to plan, shoot, and edit a live action animation video, BYU animation program director Kelly Loosli couldn’t pass up the opportunity. “With the high-profile nature of the project and the value that it would bring to students, plus the chance to participate in raising money for charity, we just couldn’t pass this up,” Loosli said. All of the BYU students, professors, and alums donated their time on the project. Even the record label, iTunes, the band, and the actors donated their time and resources, meaning 100 percent of the proceeds from sales of the single go to (RED), a charity founded by Bono which is supported by numerous musicians and works to fight against AIDS in Africa. The cinematographer on the project was BYU alum Bengt Johnson. A number of BYU faculty were involved: Mike Warner and Seth Holladay did visual effects; Cynthia Hogan was heavily involved in the animation; and Brent Adams, Tom Lefler, and Kyle Stapley helped manage the project and resources. Key students involved in the project were Cassie Hiatt, Josh Poulsen, Nick Dixon, Jordan Hunter, John Jackson and Stephanie Tse. See the video now at RollingStone.com, or go to news.byu.edu sometime tomorrow, Tuesday, December 3, 2013.

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1311-04 037This is the last week to see The Light in the Piazza, which closes on Saturday, Dec. 7. Directed by Scott Eckern, the play explores love in its most tender and complicated forms. The cast includes Rebecca Peterson as Clara Johnson, Kimberly Bunker as Margaret Johnson, Michael Milkanin as Fabrizio Naccarelli, Ted Bushman as Signor Naccarelli, Julia Carter as Signora Naccarelli, Alicia Kaori Shumway as Franca Naccarelli, Cameron Smith as Roy Johnson, Alicia Pann as the Tour Guide, and Jack Shapiro as the Priest. The design and technical crew includes Mark Johnson, music director; Lisa Stoddard, choreographer; Michael Handley, scenic designer; Brittany Corbett, production stage manager; Logan Hayden, assistant scenic designer; Ashley Cook, costume designer; Mckenzie Ottley, assistant lighting designer; Jason Cassel, sound designer; Jennifer Reed, production manager; and Kristen Leinbach, dramaturg.

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bayleeWe have a new student working at the TMA front desk, Baylee Fletcher. She is a freshman this year, studying Communication Disorders. She is from southern California and loves going back to visit, even though she loves Utah so far. Baylee loves to ski, go running, and listen to music. She loves spending time with friends and family. Welcome to Baylee!

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