“Happiness is spending your spring and summer working on the TMA NAST accreditation report in preparation for their visit in November,” said no one ever. Seriously, this is not a job anyone would sign up for, yet for several days a week over the past few months, Wade Hollingshaus and Rodger Sorensen have been collecting information from area heads, the Office of Assessment, and various and sundry other sources to write the Theatre and Media Arts Accreditation Report. They’ve been dutifully slogging through the report and working incredibly hard. They even look like they might be having fun at times! Thank you, Rodger and Wade, for your much appreciated service.
Six-week Cinema is in full-swing this summer! Supervised by Kyle Stapley, with student Executive Producers Rollins Wimber and Kayla Gough administrating the projects, two have filmed and two more are schedule to be filmed this week. Students are given the maximum of a 12-hour day to shoot their scripts, and films will be screened sometime in the middle of September. Six-week Cinema is designed to allow students to go through the whole process of film-making within a limited time period and with limited resources. Students have access to equipment, revise a script, shoot, and finish up post-production in 6 weeks. Finally, students experience having their project screened in a theatre setting. Here are the four projects being produced this summer. Just remember that these are working titles and could change by the time the screenings come around.
1. Number 9, directed by MarKaye Hassan and produced by Ellie Peatross
“Number 9” is a virtual reality film, made with only one take. Those watching the film will need VR equipment like HTC Vive or Oculus Rift in order to watch the film. The situation in the film is a contrived theatre scene where participants are locked in a room. If someone new comes into the room, someone else has to leave, with the implication that something bad happens to them. What happens when it’s your turn.
2. Promposal, directed by Lorenzo Hubbert and produced by Lance Revoir
“Promposal” is a comedy about an office romance. Three women conspire to get a male co-worker to ask one of them out to the upcoming office dance. Oh, the lengths some people go for romance!
3. A Solitary Mind, directed by Weber Griffiths and produced by Dallin Penrod
“A Solitary Mind” is a short film about an imaginative teenage girl isolated in a room with a caretaker/pet robot. Written as a metaphor for overcoming shyness, the story follows our protagonist as she courageously leaves the room for the first time.
4. Waiting, directed by Emily McNey and produced by Lucie Riddell
“Waiting” centers around a young woman who is performing in a theatre production of The Tempest. She invites her father and reserves a seat for him, but never hears if he’s coming or not. It’s clearly important to her that he comes, but will he make it?
Media arts student Jenna Rasmussen, who is currently interning for DreamWorks writes: “For my internship at DreamWorks Animation, I work in production on the sequel to the Trolls movie. I’ve been given organizational projects (file management, meeting notes, etc.), learned how to use an animation project manager software called Shotgun, and sit in on most meetings taking place each day, where I get to see the directors and producers in action! It’s been a trial by fire, but I’ve never had more fun in my life. I’ve found this experience valuable for a countless number of reasons. I get to see the work of extremely talented artists putting together an animated feature piece by piece. I’ve been able to learn how to conduct myself in a professional setting by observing talented people working in this industry each day. Finally, I’ve gotten to have one-on-one time with studio executives and Trolls 2 leadership, where I’ve picked their brains and listened to their stories and advice. I feel so much gratitude for this opportunity and can’t believe it’s already more than halfway over. Check out the @brighamyounguniversity Instagram page tomorrow if you want to learn more about what I’ve been doing this Summer— I’ll be doing a takeover for the day!”
Recent graduate Cameron Babcock and his wife Bronté are leaving for LA. She starts her graduate program at AFI this fall; he starts his graduate program at USC in January. In the meantime, the student capstone Cameron directed, “Hey Brooklyn,” has racked up the following recognitions.
- Family Film Festival: Official Selection for Drama Short
- Clean Shorts Film Festival: 1st Place in XL Short Category
- LDS Film Festival: Audience Choice Award in Short Fiction
- Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival: Semi-Finalist for Short Drama Student Film and Award Winner for Short Screenplay
- BYU Final Cut Film Festival: Official Selection Short Fiction
Cameron gave a shout out to his film team and our department, “I’m very grateful for the cast, crew, and BYU TMA for all of the support and helping me bring this story to life.”