Episode Xmas Premiere

Thanks to the ACU faculty and students who joined us in the Learning Studio last week to audition for Star Wars: The Final Exam.

The #EpisodeXmas event went well and we wanted to share a quick trailer before you head to the theatre to see the actual film. The students brought great energy, costumes, and some mad jedi skills to the event.

In case you’re looking to create your own Star Wars trailer over the holidays, here were a couple blog posts on adding some Adobe CC magic to your next project.

    Special thanks to faculty who joined us on the day (hoping not to leave anyone out): Cole Bennett, Dena Counts, Brad Crisp, Cherisse Flanagan Houston Heflin, David Kneip, Andy Little, Steven Moore, Jason Morris, Laura and Mark Phillips, Brent Reeves, Tracy Shilcutt, Jessica Smith, and Jeanine Varner.

    Film Studies Projects

    This semester Al Haley and Kyle Dickson taught Introduction to Film for the first time and students were asked to produce a major project that demonstrated their mastery of core concepts of the course. Learning Studio staff spent several class days introducing students to camera movement, audio, and editing before they produced their projects in Camtasia and Adobe Premiere Pro.

    Here are a few of the final projects.

      Film Analysis Digital Essay – Working individually or with a partner, produce a short 3-5 minute analysis of a film from our semester that accounts for the technical aspects of its production within the context of the director’s work or genre. Your digital essay seeks to highlight an informed point of view with carefully chosen stills/clips from your film(s) synced to your audio commentary. (For examples of this type of video essay, see Tony Zhou’s Every Frame a Painting).

      Short Narrative Film – Working individually or with a partner, write, direct, and produce a short film, following ACU FilmFest guidelines, that builds on your working knowledge of story structure, character development, and genre this semester. The short film should demonstrate mastery of the fundamentals of camera movement, shot composition, lighting, audio, and editing, all of which we’ll introduce in workshops in the Learning Studio this semester. (For inspiration, see past projects on the FilmFest Archive).

    Coffeehouse Projects

    For several years students in Dr. Kyle Dickson’s Eighteenth-Century British Literature have produced research projects as a way to share key texts from the Enlightenment with a broader audience. It’s easy to complete academic research for an audience of one–the professor–so this assignment has attempted to ask students to communicate research from an upper-level course to general audience.

     

    Jonathan Swift and Ireland – Victoria Stowe

     

    Coffeehouse Chatter – Chander Gum & Lauren Shrader

     

    The Collier Controversy – Ashley De Pree

     

    Satire: From Swift to Colbert – Julia Curtis

     

    Adobe CC Poster Competition

    This month ACU student designers have a chance to help spread the word that Adobe Creative Cloud is on campus.

    Library Digital_Adobe at ACUCreate a poster that represents ACU in color or imagery, and fits in the Adobe poster series, for a chance to win an iPad mini and have your poster featured prominently on campus! Three runner-ups will also receive an Adobe grab bag.

    HOW TO ENTER

    – Download the Poster Competition Template
    – Design a custom background
    – Use one of the three slogans: “Make it Here”, “Make it Yours”, OR “Make it ACU.”
    – Submit your poster as a PDF to adobeatacu@gmail.com

    The submission deadline is Friday, December 4th. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and contacted shortly after the deadline regarding prizes.

    Please email us at adobeatacu@gmail.com if you have any questions.

    Storytelling with Students in Oxford

    Enjoyed working with Dr. Jeff Childers and Jacque Morrison and students in the Oxford Study Abroad program to shape digital stories that reflect on their international experiences this semester. Students were asked to produce projects that reflected on how experiences, people, or places they encountered this semester changed the way they looked at themselves, making them feel like an outsider or tied to a new community.

    Really pleased with the work these students produced alongside their other work and to the collaborations with on-site faculty. A great few days.