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


    Episode Xmas TODAY

    Episode Xmas is TODAY! Take a study break at a galaxy far far away hosted by the Learning Studio. Prove your Jedi skills by taking the 2 minute Star Wars Final Exam for a chance to win prizes. And sign up to challenge your friends/faculty to a lightsaber duel on green screen.
    May the Force be with you!





    Also, be sure to take a selfie with Han & Leia and share on Twitter (@learningstudio) or Facebook (aculearningstudio) with #episodexmas


    Green Screen Action with Premiere Pro CC

    In preparation for the next chapter in the Star Wars saga, we’re thinking about ways to combine the power of Adobe Creative Cloud with some Jedi mojo to awaken your creative force.

    The visual effects behind the first Star Wars films were a galaxy far, far away from the digital tools available on any laptop or phone today. But the effects wizards at Lucasfilm have been using green/blue screen effects from the beginning.


    You probably know we’ve been checking out portable green screens for some time (LS Unboxed video https://vimeo.com/60284641 ), but this spring trained students and faculty will now have access to the full green-screen studio upstairs in the Learning Studio. Take some time over the break to learn how easy it is to use the built-in green screen tools available in Premiere Pro CC by following the link below.

    Adobe CC Green Screen Workflow 


    Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter (@learningstudio) or Facebook (aculearningstudio) and share your best Star Wars Christmas puns to #episodexmas for a chance to win a Jedi prize!

    “Luke, I am your Proctor”

    Star Wars Practice Exams are here & at the Learning Studio front desk to help you prepare for the Star Wars Final Exam on Monday for the Episode Xmas Grand Prize Win!!!!

    STAR WARS – Practice Test

    Lightsaber Magic with After Effects CC

    In preparation for the next chapter in the Star Wars saga, we’re thinking about ways to combine the power of Adobe Creative Cloud with some Jedi mojo to awaken your creative force.
    On Dead Day our #EpisodeXmas event will bring lightsabers into the library for the first time. The lightsaber is the perfect tool for an aspiring Adobe Master, “not as clumsy as a blaster… an elegant weapon for a more civilized age.”


    So if you plan on dropping by the Learning Studio to film an epic lightsaber showdown with your roommate, don’t stop there. This Lynda tutorial will teach you how to make your lightsaber glow in After Effects–an essential ingredient for turning a $5 kid’s toy into a magical futuristic weapon.

    Video Copilot Lightsaber Presets for AfterEffects CC

    Save the Galaxy with Photoshop CC

    Save the Galaxy with Photoshop CC

    In preparation for the next chapter in the Star Wars saga, we’re thinking about ways to combine the power of Adobe Creative Cloud with some Jedi mojo to awaken your creative force.

    Young Padawan, in order to become an Adobe master, it’s not enough simply to download Photoshop (available for free HERE). You might begin over the break by creating your own Star Wars hologram.

    Not sure where to start, “help us Lynda.com, you’re our only hope”. Here’s a quick tutorial.

    Lynda.com – Creating a Star Wars Hologram Effect


    If you’d like to dive into Photoshop over the break, Mike Wiggins introduces the basics in our first Adobe Boot Camp.

    Photoshop Boot Camp with Mike Wiggins


    Follow us on Twitter (@learningstudio) or Facebook (aculearningstudio) to see some of the best of Star Wars at ACU this week.

    Episode Xmas kicks off on Dead Day

    UPDATE: Watch ACU student Ben Todd create the Star Wars illustrations for #EpisodeXmas in our latest video.

    StarWars-Logo-Animated4The wait is almost over. The next chapter in the Star Wars saga opens December 18, and the Learning Studio wants to put you in the movie!

    But like Luke Skywalker on the uncertain surface of Dagobah, the title of Jedi master doesn’t come without a test.

    Between now and the end of Finals Week, we’ll give a few mega fans tickets to Star Wars: The Force Awakens along with enough tshirts, USB drives, and imperial swag to fill the belly of a Tauntaun.

    Join us on Dead Day for your chance to win:

    Star Wars Final Exam – We’ve put together a trivia test to separate the geeks from the nerds. Make sure to stop by the main desk in the LS to pick up a scantron and a Yoda pencil. (2-3 minutes)

    Jedi Auditions – We’ll also be hosting auditions in the green screen studio where you can challenge a friend or professor to a lightsaber duel. We’ll have prizes for the best delivery of a favorite line or mad Jedi skills. (3-5 minutes)

    EpisodeXmas-HashtagFollow us on Twitter (@learningstudio) or Facebook (aculearningstudio) to see some of the best of Star Wars at ACU this week.


    SNL Star Wars Auditions with Kevin Spacey

    Classic Saturday Night Live screen tests for the original Star Wars.

    @learningstudio on Twitter