PLNU News

16
Dec

 PRESS RELEASE

Point Loma Nazarene University

Contact: Nicholle Jaramillo

Point TV: Channel 23 Marketing & Promotions Mgr.

Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358

Date: December 16, 2010

Written by: Nicholle Jaramillo

 

 

Media Communication Students Wrap Up Semester at LAFSC

 

Every year, PLNU’s Communication and Theatre Department sends media communication-film study majors to the Los Angeles Film Studies Center.  The center is a comprehensive, one-semester film program which is sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) based in Washington, D.C.  

While in Los Angeles, students are given an opportunity to gain insight into the industry by interning with development companies, agencies, personal management companies, production offices and many more.   This past fall, 2010 semester included the largest number of media communication students that have ever attended the LAFSC in a single semester.  They included Jordan Olberg, Andrew Price, Ashley Gulden, Erika Scopelli, Lucy Peterson, Jackie Hile and Samantha Melhaff are currently attending the film center. 

Some of the companies that this semester’s students interned at included: The Dr. Phil Show, Langley Park Pictures and Carousel Productions and Gordonstreet Pictures. 

Senior media communications major Lucy Peterson worked as a talent supervisor for The Dr. Phil show.  

I supervised the guests that came on the show and made sure they got through hair, makeup and wardrobe,” said Peterson. “It was sort of like a glorified babysitting job but it was tons of fun!” 

Not only did Peterson intern during her time at LAFSC, but she also worked on a film as a part of the curriculum.  She learned about what goes into the production of a film, and how to develop a character for a script.  Her biggest challenge was dealing with professor critiques and working on a horror film.

 “We would have to make changes according to their critiques and hope it was what they wanted,” said Peterson.

            Senior media communication major Andrew Price interned with Langley Park Pictures and Carousel Productions. Price worked with script coverage, wrote synopses of films and script change comments. In addition this, he often did little tasks and errands such as getting coffee for executives, arranging scripts on a shelf, or putting together a Google map with L.A. Weekly's “99 Places To Eat”.

            “I learned a lot about what scripts are chosen for projects and the importance of making connections,” said Price. “Also I got experience on short films, heard from some influential people in Hollywood such as Doug Jones, Tony Hale, Ralph Winter and a couple others.”

            While Peterson struggled with professor feedback, Price ran into an issue of time management.  Procrastination seemed to slowly creep up the list of this semester’s challenges.      

There was about four weeks at the beginning of the semester where we were doing almost nothing, so I got used to that, and then they sprung everything on us at once.” 

            Price felt that he took a lot away from the experience as a whole.

            “If you want a semester entirely devoted to film, then I would recommend it because you get a lot of hands on experience,” said Price. “Getting an internship in Hollywood is also a very good experience.”

Junior media communications major Jackie Hile interned with Gordonstreet Pictures, an independent film production company. She read scripts, helped with a side business of transferring tapes to DVDs, captured footage and made DVD labels.  Although interning with the company was one of the highlights of her semester, Hile also enjoy components of the LAFSC program.

“My favorite part about the program was having guest speakers,” Hile. “We got to meet lots of people in the industry who are successful and it was helpful to hear their stories and advice.”

Hile learned more than just production design, she also learned a lot about herself. 

“My biggest challenge was not getting discouraged when my internship wasn't going how I expected,” said Hile.  “I didn't start until October so I felt like I was missing out.”

Similar to other students in the program, and despite frustrations with her internship, Hile also gained a lot of valuable experience during her time in L.A.

            “I would recommend going to LAFSC not for the academic part, but more for just the experience of being in Hollywood and working in the industry.”

            Students recently concluded their fall semester at PLNU and most will be returning to PLNU for the spring, 2011, semester.

Students interested in attending the Los Angeles Film School Center can contact Alan Hueth at AlanHueth@pointloma.edu for more information.

 

Communications & Theatre
16
Dec

PRESS RELEASE

Point Loma Nazarene University

Contact: Nicholle Jaramillo

Point TV: Channel 23 Marketing & Promotions Mgr.

Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358

Date: December 16, 2010

Written by: Nicholle Jaramillo

 

 

PLNU Communication Graduates Work the Job Market

 

            One of the largest challenges for graduates these days is the current job market.  However some recent PLNU graduates from the Communication and Theatre Department landed careers that have put them on the path to success.          

            Katie Conner, a 2010 broadcast journalism graduate picked up a job with KTVL-10 in Medford, OR following a networking opportunity at a convention in Las Vegas, NV.

“I had met the KTVL-10 News Director at the BEA convention in Vegas and I called in May to get advice about my demo tape,” said Conner.  I literally had two days to find a plane ticket and fly up to Oregon for the interview.”

According to Conner she said the first step in preparing for her future started with her classes at Point Loma because they taught her the fundamentals of broadcast news.

“Honestly the class which helped the most was Dr. Greer’s portfolio class. It forced me to put together my tape, early,” said Conner. “Also, my internships and shadowing professionals in the field, before entering it myself, taught me more than I realized.”

Like many graduates, Conner discovered the key to success in getting that first job in broadcasting.

 “I recommend for students looking for positions to network! The industry is small and you need to plug yourself in somewhere and meet people,” said Conner. “Also, be willing to take an incredibly small salary because that’s all you’ll be offered.”

Conner is not the only 2010 graduate to be offered an anchor position.  Kyle Stanley, a 2010 media communications graduate accepted a job as a sports anchor for KKCO-NBC 11 News in Grand Junction, CO.  He reports for local sports three times a week, and anchors sports every Saturday and Sunday.

            “I was hired through my internship at KNSD-NBC 7/39 in San Diego,” said Stanley. “The current Sports Director here at KKCO used to intern at KNSD, so he was my tie to the job.”

            Stanley is the creator of NBC San Diego’s weekend college sports show, College Sports Desk.  He picked up on television techniques during his time with the show and in classes.

            “My TV workshop class prepared me the most because it taught me to produce a sports show and helped me with my on-camera skills,” said Stanley. “But most of my experience came from the College Sports Desk internship.”

            The job came to Stanley right before graduation, which is pretty rare for students about to enter the real world.  He recommends that current seniors begin making their audition tape so it will be ready to be sent out by April—just before they graduate.  He also suggests that juniors  get an internship to take advantage of all the resources available to them.

“A professional looking tape and resume goes a long way,” said Stanley.

            Along with recent media communication and broadcast journalism graduates, past graduates continue to do well.  Sherene Ebrahimi, a 2009 broadcast journalism graduate, works as a Client Services Representative at NBC San Diego. She works in the Sales and Traffic Department and helps manage television and online advertising campaigns for local clients.

After interning with NBC San Diego for two semesters she was hired.  Ebrahimi took it upon herself to meet with a few managers at the station to talk about future job possibilities.

“Nothing was open at the time, they promised to keep me in mind... and then a job opened up one week before graduation,” said Ebrahimi.  “I spent finals week in the office training, and started the Monday after graduation. So much for a summer break!”

PLNU classes gave Ebrahimi the proper hands-on experience she needed to succeed in the business. With small class sizes, she had ample exposure to TV and radio equipment and had a chance to develop on camera talent.

“It was like I had a personal coach in each of my interests, and I was fully equipped to take on the real world upon graduation because of it,” said Ebrahimi.

Ebrahimi just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Her work has spanned station-wide, from news, to sales, traffic and marketing. As an NBC employee, she has been able to partner with influential people in the field. She suggests that students not underestimate the work you put into today because it affects tomorrow.

“Keep your eyes on the prize!” said Ebrahimi. “Don't forget to network, it really does matter.”

For more media communication and broadcast journalism graduate information please contact Alan Hueth at AlanHueth@pointloma.edu and Clark Greer at ClarkGreer@pointloma.edu.

Communications & Theatre
16
Dec

PRESS RELEASE

Point Loma Nazarene University

Contact: Nicholle Jaramillo

Point TV: Channel 23 Marketing & Promotions Mgr.

Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358

Date: December 16, 2010

Written by: Nicholle Jaramillo

 

 

Media Communication Major Wins Top PLNU Student Award

 

Every year, two soon-to-be PLNU graduates are awarded the prestigious Samuel and Susanna Wesley Honors Thesis Award.  This award goes to the two most outstanding honors thesis projects/papers for that year.  Of the forty (or so) honors thesis projects completed this past year, one of the spring, 2010, awards went to Nicole Andelfinger, a media communications major.  The award was based on her feature-length screenplay script project titled ‘Bottle Cap.’

Her faculty sponsor for the project, Dr. Alan Hueth, saw great potential in the first draft of the project. 

“Nicole put a lot of thought and effort into the most critical components of a screenplay —the characters and the plot, and I was quite impressed with that first draft.  I knew right away that she had something special,” said Hueth.

 ‘Bottle Cap’ focuses on Conrad, an ex-Nazi concentration camp worker, who is haunted by a young boy he befriended, then killed during the war. To save his marriage and family, Conrad must forgive himself through friendship with a young boy in the hospital.  Andelfinger wrote this over a one year period, starting in the fall 2009, while at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center (LAFSC).  Her return to campus in the spring, 2010, semester included some adjustments and rewrites. 

“You give birth to this idea, you agonize over how to care for it, eventually write something down in a blind panic, look back at it later and wonder when it fell in with the wrong crowd,” said Andelfinger. “You end up shaping it into something that gets close to your, the author's, usually unrealistic high standards.”

The 2010 graduate always wanted to write a screenplay about the power of forgiving yourself.  Andelfinger’s Grandfather was a German soldier and mechanic in WWII, and never discussed his experiences with others.  She decided to delve deeper into the post-war psyche of a soldier.   

“I'm not big into war movies in general, but the idea of what happens afterward is something that I think, on a deep level, interests and moves everyone,” said Andelfinger. “Thus, I wondered what living after the war, in America was like, and if he ever did spend a quiet night lost in an era that is long since passed.”

            Projects up for last year’s Samuel and Susanna Wesley Honors Thesis Award included everything from science and documentaries to business and Spanish projects.  Dr. Hadley and Dr. Mann chose Andelfinger’s screenplay amongst 32 other submitted projects.  Both Dr.’s sat through and evaluated every submission. 

Andelfinger was quite surprised about winning the award.

I'm a big proponent of the arts.  But in all honesty, I thought for sure that the award would go to a science project.  As beautiful and moving as art can be, that's just how these competitions always seem to go,” said Andelfinger.  “So when my name was called, I was shocked, thrilled and a trillion other emotions, but mostly thrilled.”

Since the competition, Andelfinger has written a fourth draft of ‘Bottle Cap’, and is submitting it in hopes that it will win awards and some professional industry feedback.  

 

For more information regarding ‘Bottle Cap’ and its progress please contact Nicole Andelfinger at niandelfinger535@pointloma.edu.

 

 

 

Communications & Theatre
16
Dec

PRESS RELEASE

Point Loma Nazarene University

Contact: Nicholle Jaramillo

Point TV: Channel 23 Marketing & Promotions Mgr.

Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358

Date: December 16, 2010

Written by: Nicholle Jaramillo

 

 

Students See Sitcom Taping

 

            Imagine attending a live sitcom where the actors get up-close and personnel.  Every year PLNU’s media communication majors experience just that.  This past fall, 2010 semester, a group of students traveled to Los Angeles to see a taping of the romantic ABC sitcom Better With You.

            Twenty-one PLNU students were given an up-close and personal look into the world of television production.  They saw everything from script changes and multiple takes to staff interactions and camera maneuvering. 

            “My favorite part was getting to see the actors perform in real life,” said Chelsea Brock, junior media communications major. “It was interesting to see how the writers can change lines so fast to have a bigger laugh!”

For some students it was hard to believe how much effort it takes to shoot a sitcom.  Brock particularly enjoyed watching the staff interaction.

Everyone was in a chill mood, and partaking in this event made me excited,” said Brock.  “I realized I might be doing the same thing they do in a couple short years.”

Other students took a liking to the actual production of the show rather than its content.  While they watched actors perform, they also saw how the show was created.

 “I really enjoyed seeing how all the jobs on the floor worked together in order to make a successful show,” said Joshua Vandermeer, a freshman media communications major.

Although cinematography perfection is a must amongst PLNU students, sitcom attendees were hit with a harsh reality.

“I learned that sitcom taping is filmed by 4 or 5 cameras simultaneously, and that re-takes are only done when someone messes up, not simply to get another camera take,” said Vandermeer.

The field trip also helps prepare the students to get a first-hand look at how they might work together on a multi-camera studio production of this type.

“Students have been writing comedy scripts this past year, and we’re going to begin to begin to produce those scripts next semester in the studio production and TV workshop classes,” said Dr. Alan Hueth, who teaches and directs and media communication major. 

Hueth added that the annual field trip is a chance for students to see how it’s done and prepare them for producing their own studio projects.

 Overall, the sitcom was an entertaining and educational experience for students and provided a plethora of knowledge for students interested in the business. 

 

Students interested in attending the next sitcom taping should contact Alan Hueth at AlanHueth@pointloma.edu.

Communications & Theatre
16
Dec

PRESS RELEASE

Point Loma Nazarene University

Contact: Nicholle Jaramillo

Point TV: Channel 23 Marketing & Promotions Mgr.

Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358

Date: December 16, 2010

Written by: Nicholle Jaramillo

 

 

PLNU Students Attend World’s Largest Broadcasting Conference

 

PLNU’s Communication and Theatre Department offers a variety of opportunities to its students every semester.  This past spring, 2009, a group of media communication and broadcast journalism students travelled to Las Vegas, Nevada, for the annual National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), and Broadcasting Education Association (BEA) conference.  This is the largest annual broadcasting conference in the world, and includes 50,000 professionals, students, and faculty who go to learn, network, share ideas, and explore the latest technologies, techniques, and issues in TV, radio, and film. 

The BEA conference gives media leaders at PLNU the chance to see what's going on in the professional world of media,” said Sarah Willer, a senior broadcast journalism major. 

For Willer the most important part of the trip is the opportunity to meet with professionals, get their opinion on the market and possibly make a connection.  Katie Conner, a 2010 broadcast journalism graduate, met the contact that eventually landed her a reporter job at Channel 8 in Medford, OR.       

“I want a job and the only way to get noticed in media is to go out and meet your future employers in person,” said Willer.

            Not only do students head to BEA for networking opportunities, but they also go to discover the latest developments in the broadcast field and modern strategies for handling television news and the job market.

“It really helped me understand what will be expected of me next year as I start my job search,” said Andrea Adams, a senior broadcast journalism major. “I found out how to make my work present online and appealing to employers.”

For Adams, the career fair was the most beneficial part of the trip. Not only did she network with news directors and reporters, but she also got her resume critiqued.   

“I learned that it would be very beneficial to have my own website with all my broadcast work on it,” said Adams. “That way, news directors can see my reel without my sending a DVD to them.”

Although broadcast journalism majors tend to head to the conference for networking opportunities, media communications and film studies majors go to check out the latest technology.  Chris Alexander, a 2010 media communications graduate was excited to check out new equipment he had been researching.  

“I was excited to see new equipment that I had been following via online

articles, and actually be able to touch it,” said Alexander.  “I wanted to be able to have the equipment explained to me by working professionals.”

            For Alexander, the highlight of his trip was the convention show. Here conference attendees are able to walk around and see demonstrations taking place. 

“Just by talking to the 3D post production demonstrator that was there, I learned more about what it takes to shoot 3D and make it something that someone can watch without giving them a headache,” said Alexander.

This coming spring, the Point TV and KPLR radio student leaders (and TA’s) will be attending the  2011 conference being held at the Las Vegas Convention Center on April 9-13.

 

Students interested in attending the conference can contact Alan Hueth at AlanHueth@pointloma.edu or station manager Jessica Bobik at jbobik1228@pointloma.edu.

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