It’s showtime for Communication students at screening

Roger Coda
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“No one can hear you screen!”

A play on words, obviously from the “Alien” film franchise, was crafted by students in the Department of Communication to promote their end-of-term screening. The curtain will rise on the fall semester tradition at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9, in Jewett Hall Room 101.

Student prowess in camera composition, lighting, video, audio and television can be savored during the 90-minute showcase. The students – a mixture of Video Production, Audio/Radio Production and Journalism majors – are enrolled in courses in video field production, audio production, post production, video camera and lighting techniques, television news and fiction, as well as senior capstones.

Some productions are solo works; others are the culmination of group efforts. Students enrolled in the Department of Theatre and Dance programs served as actors, while School of Music students composed/designed the music.

“I’ve seen rough cuts of my students’ things – well, they’re my students, so I’m biased – and they’re great,” beamed Associate Professor and Chair Roslin Smith. In a few cases, students went to considerable lengths – such as corralling a vintage 1950s automobile – to convey a period of time portrayed in their production. GoFundMe efforts were even staged to support some projects.

“They did a really good job, building sets,” Ms. Smith noted. There was lots of community involvement, Smith added, with students venturing into the village to film interior scenes in a downtown barber shop and exteriors of Main Street shops.

The screenings are free and open to the public.


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