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 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.

Communications & Theatre
10
Dec

The Small Business Institute class taught by Professor of Entrepreneurship, Randy Ataide, is again making exciting business ideas into a reality for local business people.  Every semester Ataide couples students with local businesses around the San Diego community to develop business plans. 
 
This semester Ataide has one group working with a local dentist who visits Nicaragua frequently to provide dental care to indigenous people. The Small Business Institute team’s idea is to import coffee from a well-established Fair Trade Nicaraguan co-op and sell it in the states for profit and a cause. A percentage will be given back to a Nicaraguan dental clinic because health care is not a priority over there.  The team has been developing and researching the idea and what it would take to make this a reality.  But how do you bring yet another coffee to an oversaturated market?
 
The solution that class has developed is two-fold. First, the coffee has to be outstanding and major coffee evaluators in the U.S. testify to the high quality of Nicaraguan coffee. Second, customers of  Tierra Nueva Coffee can directly participate in bringing dental care to Nicaragua through the use of an innovative coffee bags which also serves as pre-paid envelopes to fill up with ordinary dental products that customers can send back to a well-known dental assistance team in California, who will then use it on their regular trips back to Nicaragua. Third, customers will also receive a Nicaraguan braided bracelet and a personal tag in each bag they purchase.  This approach brings the coffee customer from a passive donor to an active partner.
 
Not only will this company provide jobs in Nicaragua, stimulate their economy and donate dental supplies, it is also the best cup of coffee you have ever tasted. It is a fair-trade organic coffee with a rich smooth taste that will keep you coming back for more and wanting to send dental supplies back to Nicaragua just as a thank you from your taste buds!

Fermanian Business & Economic Institute