For this year’s ACU Faculty Presession, the Learning Studio was tasked with spotlighting Summer Shakespeare in the Department of Theatre, and the NEXT Lab in the Department of Engineering & Physics. The resulting short videos gave our faculty audience a window into a couple of the campus’s recent successes.
Brent McCorkle is an award-winning screenwriter, filmmaker and musician, best known for his work on the films Unconditional, Woodlawn and the just-released I Can Only Imagine. Earlier this month, Brent touched down in Abilene and set up shop in the Learning Studio for two days of film editing critiques with ACU students participating in this year’s FilmFest competition.
During the sessions, Brent looked at late-stage edits of each film, giving each team notes on pacing and construction. The face-to-face meetings helped student filmmakers plan a roadmap for success and get a taste of the kind of critical review they’ll face when Brent returns as a FilmFest judge for the April 6 black-tie gala at the Historic Paramount Theatre.
In the third installment of On Design, the Learning Studio’s joint collaboration with ACU Art & Design, we sat down with the lettering artist and designer Simon Walker.
You’ve probably seen Simon’s work—his eye-popping lettering adorns the cover of a recent Brené Brown book, as well as plenty of magazine spreads and many of the food and drink labels you’ll come across on a casual grocery store run. Before going into business for himself, Simon got his start as a designer at the Austin agency GSD&M.
Following a recent lettering workshop with ACU Art & Design students, Simon was kind enough to sit down and share his wisdom with us.
On Design: Randy Hunt
On Design: Jeff Rogers
This semester marked the first ACU football season in the brand new Wildcat Stadium, and among the first students to set foot on the turf were members of the Big Purple Marching Band. We followed them all season, from summer rehearsals in the August sun through their halftime performances at center field during ACU home games. Take a look inside ACU’s Big Purple Marching Band in our latest video, above.
We also followed the band through a complete Game Day experience in the new stadium in one of our 360-video projects this semester. The video is best viewed in a Chrome browser or using the Vimeo app on a smartphone or tablet. The project was filmed with an insta360 Pro camera that combines 6 wide-angle lenses stitched together into the final video.
Enjoy the full Game Day experience at Wildcat Stadium.
It’s never been easier to start your next media project in the Learning Studio. This semester we’re introducing our brand new Media Suites—three reservable spaces focused on media creation, from filming and editing video to recording and editing audio.
Two of these rooms are located in our former Studio rooms. Studio 1 becomes Media 2: home to our redesigned One Button Studio, with upgrades to lighting, video quality, and with added curtain options. And Studio 2 is now Media 3: a professional audio suite with an upgraded digital interface and two studio mics connected to a 27-inch iMac. Whether you’re recording a quick video or launching a new podcast, these updated spaces are the place to start.
And first but not least is Media 1, a brand new space set to open later this year. Media 1 is geared toward student filmmakers, with a production-grade Mac to handle video up to 4K, along with a large flat-screen TV for playing back your creations at-scale.
The Learning Studio has always been a campus home for creators at ACU, and we can’t wait to see how you maximize our new Media Suites to make and share messages that matter.
Reserve a Media Suite, or any of our other group rooms, for up to two hours at a time up to a week in advance, at acu.edu/ls.