SOU Digital Cinema Launches: THE CREW EXPERIENCE

SOU Digital Cinema Launches:

THE CREW EXPERIENCE
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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.
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WE NEED OUR COMMUNITY’S HELP TO REACH OUR $6,000 CROWDFUNDING GOAL

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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“American Idol” Comes to Sunriver Resort in Central Oregon

Our hard working friends at the Central Oregon Film Office sent us a link to an episode of “American Idol” that shot at Sunriver Resort back in November and you have to check it out.

Last autumn, COFO worked with the producers to focus on finding ‘B Roll’ locations for the episode, securing regional permits and supplying local production crew for the shoot.  COFO also liaised with the producers and the City of Bend (thank you Ben Hemson), the park rangers at Smith Rock and staff at Bend Park and Recreation while also working with the Shops at Sunriver staff to handle drone approval.

And the result is a great piece of television.

 

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Northwest Film Center Presents: The Cinema Unbound Awards

Please join an offbeat evening with dinner, entertainment, and inspiration. A benefit for the

Northwest Film Center

Monday, March 9, 2020

7 p.m.

Pre-event cocktails 6 p.m.

Kridel Grand Ballroom
Portland Art Museum
1119 SW Park Avenue

Tickets: $250 per person
($200 is tax-deductible)

Featuring performances by
LoveBomb Go-Go
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Legendary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman is Oregon Doc Camp’s 2020 Keynote Speaker

“As a filmmaker, sound engineer, editor, and producer, Frederick Wiseman is tireless in his pursuits and relentless in his exploration…” – ​Paris Review

Oregon Doc Camp, a program of NW Documentary, gathers established and emerging documentary filmmakers at Silver Falls State Park for a four day retreat. The program attracts accomplished speakers from around the country, including last year’s keynote, Laura Nix, whose short documentary ​Walk, Run, Cha Cha was nominated for a 2020 Academy Award. This year NW Documentary welcomes the legendary documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Wiseman has won numerous awards, including four Emmys, a MacArthur Fellowship and an Honorary Award for lifetime achievement from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors. ​His most recent films include ​At Berkeley​ (2013), which chronicles daily life at the University of California, Berkeley; ​National Gallery​ (2014), which explores the inner workings of the well known London museum; ​In Jackson Heights​ (2015), which examines a diverse community in Queens, New York; ​Ex Libris -​ ​The New York Public Library​ (2017), which goes behind the scenes of the famous library; and Monrovia, Indiana​ (2018), which centers around a small Midwestern town.

Mr Wiseman’s attendance at Oregon Doc Camp marks a milestone for the program, and for its founding director, Jackie Weissman. “Frederick Wiseman has always been on top of my list for dream speakers. When we started this program seven years ago I couldn’t imagine something like this would actually happen. One of the themes we always focus on at Doc Camp is how to sustain a career in this field, and Frederick Wiseman has mastered that part of the artist’s dilemma. He’s modeled a standard we all aspire to, and we’re thrilled to have him share his accumulated wisdom with us at Doc Camp this year.”

Mr. Wiseman’s attendance is made possible by a generous contribution from Oregon State Parks. Registration for Oregon Doc Camp begins on February 25th, 2020 at ​www.nwdocumentary.org​.

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Oregon Doc Camp will take place at Silver Falls Lodge and Conference Center

Thursday, May 14th – Sunday, May 17th
20022 Silver Falls Highway SE Sublimity, Oregon 97385

Applications for attendance may be submitted at ​http://nwdocumentary.org/doc-camp

For more information about attendance, press, or sponsorship, please visit http://nwdocumentary.org/doc-camp
Or contact: Director, Jackie Weissman at ​[email protected]

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Tag! Queer Shorts Festival Launch

The Corvallis Queer Film Festival that was started as an OSU faculty project 6 years ago is re-launching as the Tag! Queer Shorts Festival on February 28 at our original home venue, the Darkside Cinema in downtown Corvallis. Tag! Queer Shorts Festival will start offering pop-up screenings in Portland in the fall of 2020 and return to its multi-day competitive festival format in the winter of 2021 hosted by a major Portland arts/film organization.

Tag! Queer Shorts Festival screens work of any genre with a length of 15 minutes or under created by a queer- or trans-identifying filmmaker. This year’s launch event features two blocks of two hours each with multiple directors present at each screening.

Our more thematically broad and accessible program is at 5:00 followed by a second block at 8:00 showcasing experimental, erotic and more thematically complex pieces for adult audiences. More info and tickets can be found at darksidecinema.com.

Tag! Queer Shorts Festival has graduated from college and is now an independent, filmmaker-supported festival organized by El Inverso Productions, LLC (elinverso.com).

Details of Tag! festival program

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Hair, Makeup, & Special FX Artists Available For Hire

The Art of Makeup School is a great resource to find trained makeup artists who specialize in working on set for film, television, and commercial productions.  In addition to hair and makeup application skills from straight beauty and grooming to special fx and prosthetics, these graduates learn about set etiquette, how to break down a script and keep continuity, set touch-ups, and professional hair and makeup supplies for application and on set. The school job board provides opportunities to get graduates working.

Here are 2 full-time working makeup artists that both graduated from the same class in December 2017.

 

In just 2 short years from graduating The Art of Makeup School, Savannah Somerville has worked on over a dozen short films, a web series, a full length feature film, a corporate shoot, a Nike commercial, theatre productions, and this week will be starting her 2nd feature film as head of the makeup department. With beauty and special fx makeup training under her belt, she is also finishing cosmetology school, so she will be licensed to cut hair on set soon. This native Oregonian has Los Angeles in mind for her future, so Oregon productions will have to catch her while they can! You can see her work at www.savannahsomerville.com

Megan Garcia obtained her cosmetology license in Arizona before even graduating from high school, but like most cosmetologists, wasn’t satisfied with the makeup training she received.  After finding The Art of Makeup School, Megan picked up and moved to Portland to start her new life in what she really wanted to do; hair and makeup on film, television, and theatre productions.  Never stepping away from her true goal and with hair, beauty & special fx training now, in the short period after graduating makeup school, Megan has been hired to do several films, web series, commercials, and theater productions.  She has already accrued enough credits and joined IATSE Local Union 488 which is a huge accomplishment in itself.  You can see Megan’s work at Megan Garcia

 

Email [email protected] to be placed on the graduate job board. The Art of Makeup School’s next session begins February 29, 2020.

For more info go to www.artofmakeup.com

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Hinge Digital & Blizzard Team Up For Warcraft 3 Reforged

Blizzard and Hinge teamed up on cinematics and loading screens for Warcraft 3 Reforged. First, they reimagined the epic battle between Arthas and Illidan – the first 30 second teaser was unveiled at BlizzCon 2019 to excited fans! They also remastered the classic Warcraft 3 cinematics scenes to look great in HD. Finally, they brought 2D game art to life in campaign loading screens. It was an awesome collaboration for a huge game franchise!

 

 

 

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LAIKA Heads into the Oscars

A few weeks ago, LAIKA’s latest film “Missing Link” won LAIKA’s first-ever Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature up against a sea of blockbuster sequels and remakes. And just last week it won two Visual Effects Society awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Animated Character competing against a similarly challenging field.

Missing Link” also became LAIKA’s fifth straight film to be nominated for a Best Animated Feature Oscar. Voting for the award ends this Tuesday, 2/4, and in the final run up we are helping to celebrate the artistry of this uniquely #OregonMade studio.

For over 15 years, LAIKA has been making handcrafted films from their studio in Hillsboro. 

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Ashland & Portland Make MovieMaker’s 2020 Best List

Oregon cities Ashland and Portland have (once again) been named among the Best Places to Live and Work as a Filmmaker in North America (well, yes, Montreal, Toronto and that other city across the border to our north [but not the one in Washington] are on the list too).

We knew this all along, but it’s certainly nice to be properly recognized. If you haven’t seen the complete list you can check it out for yourself here. Congrats to all the hard working and talented filmmakers, actors, crew and wonderful creatives that help make it happen, every day.

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McMinnville Short Film Festival Presents 9th Annual Event

McMINNVILLE, OR: The McMinnville Film Festival Foundation is proud to present the 2020 McMinnville Short Film Festival (MSFF), being held at Linfield College, McMinnville Cinemas, and Chemeketa Community College on February 21st through 23rd.

A festival for amateur and professional filmmakers alike, the MSFF welcomes short films of any genre and of no more than 20 minutes in length. In its 9th year, the MSFF will be screening 85 films from around the world, and will feature keynote speaker Scott Ballard, an award-winning Portland-based filmmaker. The films will be shown in screening blocks: Narratives (Comedy/Drama), Environmental, Animation, Horror, Experimental/A Bit Strange, Documentary, and two new categories – Student Showcase (filmmakers are from Grade 6 through college) and Native American.

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