SOU Digital Cinema Launches: THE CREW EXPERIENCE

SOU Digital Cinema Launches:

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Southern Oregon University’s Digital Cinema program is pleased to announce the launch of our new CREW EXPERIENCE with an SOU Foundation crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo. In this groundbreaking program, juniors and seniors majoring in Digital Cinema earn 12 upper-division college credits in a 10-week production immersion, leaving the classroom behind to #LearnOnLocation in a professional filmmaking environment. Under the supervision of faculty and industry mentors, our student crew will collaborate in the creation of an original short film. This one-of-a-kind workforce training immersion prepares us for below-the-line jobs in the film and television industry like no other academic endeavor available in the Pacific Northwest.

“The fact that this exists here, in Southern Oregon, in a smaller school, is fantastic!” — Randy Cordray, Producer (THE OFFICE), who recently co-taught SitCom Production at SOU with veteran television prop master Jim Falkenstein.

Based in Ashland, Oregon — a town that MovieMaker Magazine has named a “best place to live & work as a moviemaker” for seven consecutive years — SOU’s Digital Cinema program offers a world-class film school education at an affordable price, without requiring a portfolio for admission. We believe every aspiring filmmaker has a story to tell. Even filmmakers who have not previously had the advantage of access to equipment or resources for skill-development are invited to pursue their degree in filmmaking at SOU. Indeed, many of our students are first-generation college attendees and come from rural communities. Our Digital Cinema program is hands-on, student-centered, and focused on cultivating career pathways into the film industry. It is with these ideals in mind that we offer the inaugural Crew Experience.

Today, Digital Cinema students, in cooperation with the SOU Foundation, have launched a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo in order to finance the Crew Experience. Because we have partnered with the not-for-profit foundation, every contribution is a tax-deductible donation in support of SOU’s educational mission.

We will use these funds to cast SAG-AFTRA talent, to secure locations, props, set dressing, and wardrobe; to purchase digital storage space, to feed the cast and crew, to score and license music for our film, then finally, to send the completed project to film festivals. The aim of the Crew Experience is to emulate, as closely as possible, a large-scale professional production.

Please follow our campaign and social media, help us amplify our message by sharing with your friends, and consider contributing if you can. Every dollar donated has an impact on student lives.
Please join and share our crowdfunding event on Facebook.
Follow our campaign Twitter and retweet updates about our efforts.
Share our IndieGoGo pre-launch landing page.
We are also looking for volunteer industry mentors, food donations, and equipment loans.

With your help, our students can meet their goal and have an unforgettable learning experience!

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