Department News 07-18-16

There are four media arts student capstone films that have been approved for production. Two capstones have finished filming and are in post-production. Two other films will shoot this fall. The capstones are as listed:
  • RAISIN: fiction film currently in post-production, directed by Danny Hunt and produced by Olivia Taylor. Synopsis: two young girls are transported to another dimension where raisin-headed aliens pretend to be their parents.
  • THE WIZARD OF BISMARCK: Fiction film currently in post-production, directed by Jarom Cowan and produced by Rachel Erikson. Synopsis: In the heart of North Dakota, on man must overcome a hoard of mythical beasts and an Evil Warlick to claim his place as the Wizard of Bismarck, even if he makes a fool out of himself along the way.
  • BROOKLYN TOO: Fiction film currently in pre-production, directed by Cameron Babcock and produced by Garrett Helgesen. Synopsis: With the help of her imaginary friend, Brooklyn, a seven-year-old girl searches for a job to help her single mother.
  • MAGGIE: Fiction film currently in pre-production, directed by Lindsay Kampenhout and produced by Jonny Cuesta. Synopsis: A new mother struggles to help her imaginative 9-year-old step daughter give up a beloved doll that has caused her to be bullied an socially isolated.




Media Arts student Michelle Gioglio received a $3500 scholarship for her senior year from the Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation.  Congratulations to Michelle!



Pete Walton went about finding internships by talking to his advisors, especially Kyle Stapley, who has a lot of information on the topic. He also spoke to former BYU film students who were currently working in L.A. for any film related companies. These sources helped him get in touch with the right people, which eventually led him to the internships he has now.   Peter reports: “My internships so far at Lionsgate and Celestial Pictures have been very unique experiences.  Ever since I started I have worked really hard and have learned a lot about how the film industry operates.  Both internships have taught me a great amount about the business side of movies as well as the process of developing projects.  My supervisors constantly give me useful advice on how to succeed in the movie business as well as figuring out what career options I want for my future. My regular duties at my internships mostly include reading scripts, writing coverage based on the scripts I read, and any tasks my supervisors need me to do, including running errands, making schedules, etc.” Pete says, ”I would recommend any student who is interested in doing an internship to talk to these people as soon as possible so they can get started.”

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