By Ethan Freel
“Filmmaking and video production is a collaborative art form,” said Digital Cinema Senior Chris Brown. “It would be great to join forces with makeup-up artists, costume designers, musicians, and Business majors,” said Brown, “because it would make our films that much richer.”
University Video Production (UVP) is a co-curricular activity of the Department of Communicating Arts. UVP offers students the opportunity to learn and apply techniques of video production on a credit or non-credit basis. Any student, regardless of major or class standing that is interested in video production should attend a UVP meeting. Meetings are held every Wednesday in Holden’s Media Lab at 4 pm.
Contrary to popular belief, films are not solely made by the director. Rarely, if ever, are “good” films finished by just one person. “If you want to get involved, contact one of us; me, Ethan, and Jade are always willing to give new people experience on our sets,” said Brown.
While new students are always encouraged to test the waters on a film set, the Digital Cinema Program has experienced an abnormally high number of enrollment in this spring’s production classes. “This is the biggest production class I have ever taught while here at UW-Superior,” said Brent Notbohm-Department Chair and Professor of Film and Video- speaking about his Documentary (Comm 362) class. This semester, 16 students will write, film and edit a documentary, with aims of it being presented in this May’s student showcase.
The recent increase of students in the Digital Cinema and UVP classes is a good sign for the future but puts more pressure on the student filmmakers trying to finish a film now. “I’m glad so many people are people eager to make films, but once April rolls around everyone is fighting for resources,” said Jade DeVries, a senior in the Digital Cinema program.
The Media Production Facilities consist of an equipment room with six high definition (HD) video camera packages, digital audio recorders, Lowel light kits, shotgun and wireless lavaliere microphones, and a media lab with six editing suites running Adobe Creative Suite.
No matter what class or standing, students all have equal rights to the equipment. Student’s sign up for cameras, lights and editing time on a first come basis. With large enrollment numbers in production classes Notbohm and Tom Notton, a professor of Interactive Media, are making decisions to purchase new equipment weekly. “We just bought a new music library, with an extensive range of sounds and music tracks,” Notbohm said. The new music library will be up when students return from spring break. With an even greater range of sounds the new music library will add more dimension to this year’s projects, compared to year’s past.
An encore showing of last year’s UW-Superior Student Film and Video Showcase is going to air at the Zinema 2 Theate in Duluth, MN at 7 pm on Thursday, April 20th. The event is free and open to the public. Most of the filmmakers will be in attendance at the screening and in the lobby after the encore showing for conversation and discussion about their films.
The encore showcase sets the primer for this year’s 15th Annual UW-Superior Student Film and Video Showcase, which airs May 19 at 7 pm at the Manion Theater in the Holden Fine Arts building. The 15th annual showcase is one of the most anticipated in recent memory.
It’s one of the most competitive, if not the most competitive year for student films. Out of 30 eligible films around 12 or so will be chosen and shown to a public audience” said Notbohm.