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Contact: Scott Brown (559)765-6854
Advisor: Alan Hueth (619)849-2358
Date: Wednesday, February 7th, 2017
Written By: Scott Brown
POINT LOMA STUDENT HAS TWO AWARD-WINNING FILMS
Every year, media communications students make several films that take many hours and hard work to create. During the school year of 2015-2016 though, senior Jonathan Pickett wrote and directed two different short films, Nanobots at the DMV and Graceface, both of which have won awards.
Nanobots at the DMV tells the story of a man who accuses and threatens the DMV for putting “nanobots” in his car -- and another young man who simply wants a DMV appointment and ends up saving the day. The film was created in the COM442 Field Production course last spring.
Pickett said that he came up with the idea because he wanted “a story idea for a character who wants something very simple and to come up with roadblocks for him and the most ridiculous was a guy robbing the DMV.”
Graceface tells a much more relatable story and follows the exploits of a student who needs to print an assignment out and the rush to submit it on-time. The film is a race-against-time story about how the main character handles all of the obstacles that he runs into along the way.
“It’s semi-autobiographical because I was in the same position and thought it would be a funny short film,” says Pickett.
Nanobots at the DMV was accepted into the BEA Super-Regional competition and won first place in the narrative film category of the festival. Graceface was accepted into four festivals, including two online festivals, the College Town Film Festival, and the Lone Star Film Festival.
“It was an official selection at the Lone Star Film Festival,” says Pickett, “it played during the coming of age block in a sold out theater, which I attended because I was able to fly out there, which was really cool.”
These awards did not come easily for Pickett though. “Both of them were a ton of hard work,” says Pickett, “and I wouldn’t have been able to do anything with them without a great team who was able to work on them and believed in them.”
As hard as he has worked on these two films though, Pickett doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. “I am currently working on my senior film,” he said. “It is pretty much the culmination of both of these films and will probably be out in April and I am planning on submitting to as many festivals as I can.”
For more information regarding the Media Communications department and the Film Production courses it offers, feel free to contact Alan Hueth at AlanHueth@pointloma.edu or Scott Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Watch the full panel discussion here:
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He emailed Dr. Lori Carter to let her know how much the Programming Languages class and Networking class here at PLNU helped him in his work and training he has been doing since graduating. He said he was the "resident expert" in his training due to what he learned in these classes at PLNU.
PLNU Music Department Alumni soprano McKenna Slack, bass-baritone Reno Wilson, and mezzo-soprano Kiana Bell received Encouragement Awards in the Metropolitan Opera National Council - San Diego District - Auditions on Saturday, October 8th. Point Loma Nazarene University's voice students, from the studio of Dr. J. Craig Johnson, have earned eight first-place, 17 encouragement awards, and four audience choice awards at the Met auditions in recent years. Seven of Saturday’s contestants were from the university and most were repeat competitors. See related article in San Diego Union Tribune:
Article by Alan Taylor
SEP 29, 2016
32 Photos in Focus
The border between the United States and Mexico has become a major issue in the upcoming presidential election. It stretches 3,169 kilometers (1,969 miles), crossing deserts, rivers, towns, and cities from the Pacific to the Gulf of Mexico. Every year, an estimated 350 million people legally cross the border, with some 400,000 entering into the United States illegally. No single barrier stretches across the entire border, instead, it is lined with a patchwork of steel and concrete fences, infrared cameras, sensors, drones, and nearly 20,000 U.S. Border Patrol agents. Getty Images photographer John Moore has covered many miles of the border over recent years, capturing images of surveillance, escapes, arrests, detentions, and encounters between those crossing the border and those securing it. To read and see the photos of the article please visit The Atlantic Photo webpage.
The Christian Science Monitor featured an article on Alma Tucker's story on why and how she got involved when she learned about human trafficking in Tijuana, Mexico. To read the full article visit the following website.
PRESS RELEASEPoint Loma Nazarene UniversityContact: Michelle Torres (817) 374-0669 Point TV: Channel 23 Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358
Date: September 25, 2016
Written by: Michelle Torres
THE LA FIELD TRIP--MEDIA STUDENTS SEE SIT-COM TAPING
Every Fall semester, PLNU’s media communication major and Point TV takes fifteen to twenty students on a trip to a live taping of a sitcom recorded at one of the television/film studio lots in Los Angeles. This trip provides students with the opportunity to see how real-world multi-camera sitcom production is done in the TV and film capital of the world. The students get to watch the process of the TV show coming to life by participating as a live studio audience. This semester, the students’ Wednesday, September 21st day took them to CBS Studios to see a live taping of sit-com, The Great Indoors. This show stars Joel McHale from Community and McLovin from Superbad. The show was about an adventure reporter who has to adapt to the times when he becomes the boss of a group of millennials in the digital department of a magazine publisher.
This trip was an incredible opportunity for PLNU media communications students because it gave them the chance to experience the behind-the-scenes work that goes into creating a show.
“I really liked the trip and I thought it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, because it’s a show that we got to go see as a group and I don’t think that I’m ever going to go see that show live again like that,” said sophomore Analise Nelson. “I thought it was cool that they had the entire writing, directing, makeup staff all together and observing the actors and actresses.”
After entering the CBS Studios and taking their seats in the audience, a warm-up comic came in from behind the studio to entertain and interact with the crowd. He also informed everyone about everything that goes into filming the shows in the studio as well as answer any questions that audience members had. There was also a DJ that played music to keep the audience’s energy up and keep them pumped up, since the studio audience would be there for awhile. Although it was only a twenty-two-minute-long episode, it took almost seven hours to film.
Above the crowd were microphones that would capture and record the sounds of everyone’s laughter whenever the actors would say something funny in the show. The audience’s laughter is not just used for when the show airs on television, but their reactions also help the writers to know what jokes are working. The students got to see this play out several times throughout the show taping by watching the writers create new jokes and make changes to the script on-set and have the actors redeliver the scene.
Students thought that the trip was very educational. They learned many new things, but also saw a lot of the things they do in PLNU’s on-campus studio being done professionally on a bigger-scale.
“One thing that I did notice that I did not know before is that they have the boom mics that they were holding above the set,” said Nelson “I thought that was super cool and I did not know that before.”
The best part of the trip aside from the fact that it was a great learning experience for the PLNU students, was the fun that they had spending the day together.
“I really enjoyed spending some time bonding with my fellow media peeps in Los Angeles. This taping was a great reminder of what I'm working for. Getting to see these established professionals rejuvenated me,” said William Alvaredo. “I believe a lot of us are able to relate with the film crew in terms of long days of shooting which are quite common in our major. Overall, I believe that this trip brought us closer as a department and also gave us a glimpse of what some of us might end up doing.”
A couple of the PLNU students were even able to hang around after the taping was over and talk to Christopher Mintz-Plasse, one of the stars of The Great Indoors, also known as Red Mist in Kickass, Fishlegs in How to Train Your Dragon, and Fogell from Superbad. Students reported that their conversation with Mintz-Plasse was very interesting and some of them got his autograph.
For more information regarding the Intro to Media Communications class or Point TV trips, feel free to contact Alan Hueth at AlanHueth@pointloma.edu.
This great article published in the fall of 2013 in Point Loma Nazarene University's Viewpoint publication talks about why she became a Physics & Engineering professor, her research, her passion for what she teaches and her students, and how much she loves working at PLNU. Check it out here.
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