This week the Learning Studio is saying thanks to the ACU campus with stocking stuffers for your holiday media projects. Enter in one or more of the following ways. Give-aways begin Thursday, December 5th.
• follow @learningstudio on Twitter
• like ACUlearningstudio on Facebook
• create your Lynda.com login
Later in the week we’ll share other ways you can get involved along with a few of our favorite projects from the last year. Thanks for being a part of a great 2013.
This weekend Abilene will again be home to the 24fps International Film Festival. The event will feature 31 short films in three programs Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Saturday night.
If you haven’t been before, 24fps offers a great chance to see entertaining and provocative work from around the world, including films that have already won awards at Sundance and Cannes. Tickets are $10 for one of the showings or $20 for the weekend.
Here are trailers to a few of the films they’ll be screening.
As we enter the dark stretch of the semester it’s not unusual to see students shuffling listlessly through the library, but this year we’ve noticed this mindlessness is transforming the ACU faculty.
The Learning Studio works closely with our most creative faculty from the humanities and the sciences, professors and instructors, and this year for the first time . . . living and undead.
In our experience, faculty inspire us with their persistent hunger after knowledge and relentless pursuit of an idea at all costs, but this week their devotion to the life of the mind has turned.
Students be warned: they’re after your brains.
Thanks to some great faculty volunteers for our photo shoot and to Krista Cukrowski and Emily Teel for their help with makeup. We had a great time!
Thanks to so many in the College of Arts and Sciences this week, we had a great visit with Bill Frakes and Laura Heald from Sports Illustrated and Straw Hat Visuals. Bill and Laura were open to working with a wide range of students, so we had a full week.
Studio Talk with ART 440
Before Bill’s evening presentation in the WPAC Recital Hall, he joined Nil Santana’s Advanced Photography class to reflect on his photo and video work in a three-hour session. Students were able to ask questions about journalistic ethics in sports coverage, lighting technique in his editorial portrait work and see some stunning images.
James Leddy Boots Project
Then Bill and Laura visited Alvaro Santos, a local bootmaker and owner of James Leddy Boots for a short film project they worked on through the week. On Wednesday they did a site visit and got footage of Al at work in his workshop on Treadaway and then filmed an interview with him Thursday morning before the shop opened.
The Advanced Photography students joined Bill and Laura again on Thursday afternoon downtown at the Paramount. We had a dozen pairs of boots that they would shoot with film and still cameras for cut-aways in the final project, including for most their first experience with a 5k Red Epic cinema camera.
Lightpainting at Fort Griffin
The week wrapped up with students from the Honors College in a short film colloquium who joined us out at Fort Griffin in Albany. They worked with Bill on some long-exposure photography around the old fort ruins. The students were challenged to think about capturing stars under the big Texas sky. At the same time, Bill and Laura were capturing time-lapse footage on one corner of the site for a film they premiered at a reception in the Shore Art gallery on Friday.
Photograph by Aubree Barnett
Overall it was an energizing week and we’re thankful to Bill and Laura for their investment in ACU students and to the College of Arts and Sciences for making it possible.
We’re delighted to announce that next week Sports Illustrated photographer Bill Frakes will be on campus. Bill has covered major sporting events around the world in a career that has spanned profound transitions in journalism and his own work first as a photographer and now also as a filmmaker.
Bill recently served as a chair for the World Press Photo contest for sports photography in 2013 that made final selections from over 100,000 entries. Whether you join us for an evening on the power of storytelling or a less formal setting, we’re confident you’ll leave seeing images on screen and in print in a totally different way.
Oct 1 (Tues), 7:00 pm – Feature Presentation in Williams Performing Arts Center
Oct 2 (Wed), 11:45 pm – Faculty lunch in the Adams Center
5:30 pm – Portfolio Presentation with JMC/Art majors in Don Morris
Bill Frakes Bio
Bill Frakes is a Sports Illustrated Staff Photographer based in Florida who has worked in all 50 states and in more than 125 countries for a wide variety of editorial and advertising clients.
His advertising clients include Apple, Nike, Manfrotto, CocaCola, Champion, Isleworth, Stryker, IBM, Nikon, Canon, Kodak, and Reebok. He directs music videos and television ads.
Bill has worked in every State in the USA and in more than 130 countries. Editorially his work has appeared in virtually every major general interest publication in the world. His still photographs and short documentary films have been featured on hundreds of Web sites as well as on most major television networks.
He won the coveted Newspaper Photographer of the Year award in the prestigious Pictures of the Year competition. He was a member of the Miami Herald staff that won the Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of Hurricane Andrew. He was awarded the Gold Medal by World Press Photo. He has also been honored by the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards for reporting on the disadvantaged and by the Overseas Press club for distinguished foreign reporting. He has received hundreds of national and international awards for his work.
He has taught at the University of Miami, the University of Florida and the University of Kansas as an adjunct professor and lecturer. During the last five years he has lectured at more than 100 universities discussing multimedia and photojournalism.
In 2010 and 2013 he served on the jury of World Press Photo.
Many years ago, a young American mother named Agnes Frakespointed out images all around her tiny Nebraska town to her four-year-old son Bill: a cat’s shadow, a pool of oil beneath a car, his own name etched in a cookie tray of caramel popcorn. The boy looked at the objects and saw nothing. ‘Look again,’ she said. ‘There is always more there than what your eye sees…’ Twenty-five years later the boy became one of the most accomplished sports photographers in the world.
- James McBride, part of his introduction in the book “Family: A Celebration of Humanity.”
In 2011 shy, unassuming Writing Center director Dr. Cole Bennett stunned audiences with his riveting portrayal of a shmarmy boss in their first promotional parody of The Office. This fall he returns in a more ambitious role inspired by the hoity grammarians at Downton Abbey.
The shorts were written and directed by Christina Johnson and Learning Studio alum Ben Weaver and feature student tutors from the Writing Center. Christina has been working with Dr. Bennett since she was an undergrad, finishing a BA in English in 2011. This last spring she was the first Masters candidate to defend a screenplay thesis to complete her MA in Creative Writing.
Christina is now an Associate Producer and Researcher for AMS Pictures in Dallas, working on a number of television and documentary projects including shows for HGTV.
Congrats Christina and Ben, and we’re looking forward to seeing bigger things in the near future.