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ACU FilmFest

Since 2004, students at ACU have worked in teams to produce short films in a range of styles. FilmFest provides an opportunity for those interested in careers in media or film to develop their craft and connect with alumni in the industry. The following page highlights student films and support of the filmmakers through workshops and equipment training.

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ACU FilmFest Archive – a Learning Studio Partners Project

 

FilmFest: Lost and Found at Paramount

Posted by on Mar 23, 2013 in FilmFest, News & Events, Students | 0 comments

FilmFest: Lost and Found at Paramount

Some remarkable talent at FilmFest this weekend at the premiere downtown last night at the historic Paramount Theater. If you missed it, here are the films that were featured this year with the awards handed out last night. For a look back at winners in previous years, check the FilmFest Archive put together by Learning Studio students last semester. . Awards Best Film – “Umbrella” Best Dramatic Film – “The Mover” Best Music Video – “Hope on Fire” Best Director – Caitlin Bradford, “The Mover”...

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Canon Pro Video workshop kicks off FilmFest

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 in DSLR, FilmFest, Workshops | 0 comments

Thanks to Paul McAniff from Canon for joining us at ACU for a couple days to introduce students to DSLR video. The workshop was the first of several the Learning Studio will be hosting to prepare FilmFest participants to shoot, light, and edit films this November. For those unable to join us, here are the slides and video of the presentation. DSLR Video workshop DSLR Video slides For a quick review of controls of cameras that will be available to FilmFest participants, check out our Tutorials page.  . The next workshop will be November 13th...

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Hazel & Jack submitted to national festivals

Posted by on Jul 28, 2012 in FilmFest, Projects, Students | 0 comments

Stay tuned for the Learning Studio: Year One Report. Here’s one of the profiles from the iBook. Last fall, Lawson Soward and Caitlin Bradford submitted their first film to the Sundance Film Festival. It started with a conversation in January 2011 about a story idea Caitlin had been chewing on. The two of them began artistic design for the production in our screening room during the student grand opening in February. Lawson was the first in line in March when Canon made DSLR cameras available for checkout to student filmmakers. And the...

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FilmFest archive now online

Posted by on Jun 22, 2012 in FilmFest, News & Events | 0 comments

FilmFest archive now online

Thanks to student media specialists in the Learning Studio, the FilmFest archive is now online. The blog contains lists of participants and winners going back to 2004 with links to all films on the FilmFest Vimeo channel. The blog is built on the same WordPress system used to support class blogs and portfolios on campus. Student specialists are available in the Learning Studio for those working with campus blogs for the first time. FilmFest Archive   Past Winners For those who haven’t been going to FilmFest since the beginning, here are...

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8th Annual FilmFest at the Paramount

Posted by on Mar 27, 2012 in FilmFest, News & Events, Students | 0 comments

8th Annual FilmFest at the Paramount

Thirteen student teams began work in February on short films in a range of styles. The Learning Studio again provided training sessions on getting the most out of the camera, whether students used traditional camcorders or one of our Canon 60D SLR check-out cameras. Thanks again to Canon for sending pro-series lenses as well. This year we also put video lighting into the check-out pool as well with some Lowel Omni kits. Thanks to Matt and Nathan in the studio for evening workshops to help students getting started. Student winners were...

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24FPS next weekend

Posted by on Oct 27, 2011 in FilmFest, News & Events | 0 comments

24FPS next weekend

For fans of FilmFest, the Paramount will be hosting their annual short film festival next weekend, with programs Friday night (4th) and Saturday afternoon and evening (5th). 24FPS is an international film festival that brings important work in animation, documentary, and narrative film to Abilene. Watching a short film (20 minutes or less) is a lot like reading a short story, requiring the same economy and focus in storytelling. Here are a few trailers in a range of styles to give you a glimpse of  what you’ll see at the Paramount next...

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ACU FilmFest and Canon

Posted by on Apr 5, 2011 in FilmFest, News & Events, Students | 0 comments

ACU FilmFest and Canon

This year student filmmakers involved in FilmFest had the opportunity to work with DSLR cameras with HD video provided by Canon. The Learning Studio managed checkouts for a wide variety of camera bodies and lenses, including Canon’s popular 5D we discussed in a recent post. Friday night at a premiere event at the historic Paramount theater winners were announced. “Hazel & Jack,” directed by Lawson Soward and produced by Caitlin Bardford, took home awards for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Producer....

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