Directing is often about collaboration – the production, the costuming, and the script. Most importantly, it’s about collaborating with the actors. Because a director who isn't directing actors is simply directing cameras. And that’s not even half as interesting. Below, Rafal Sokolowski, assistant professor at Ohio University Film Division and director of 22 Chaser, talks about his experiences in working with actors and what the next generation of directors need to know.
A look at Blaize Hart’s , a 2nd Year MFA Film Production student, film called Gone Before I Left.
Bruno M. Viana a 3rd-year thesis MFA Film Production student successfully defended his thesis film Colorfool. “In search of his own self-esteem, an enigmatic man has the mission of bringing hope and joy to a children's hospital.”
Many Ohio University students took the winter off to relax and catch up on some much-needed sleep. But our 1st-year MFA students took to documenting the lives of others instead. Two MFAs, Zeran Lei and Eve Zhao, returned home to China to shoot their documentaries. There, they would capture stories and characters on film and bring them back to the states to be edited and screened.
Tabitha Kennedy, a 2nd year MFA Film Production student, brought her thrilling film, “Para-Red” from virtual reality into reality last fall.
Graham Holford, 2nd-Year MFA Film Production student, brought his creative vision for his film, “Pasture,” to life this past month.
Eddie Loupe, a 2nd Year MFA student, took his screenplay from the storyboards to the cinematic screen of the RED in his film, "Applebaum."
Some college professors have to write academic papers. Others get to make movies. Back in October, Ohio University film faculty, Rafal Sokolowski, presented his directorial feature debut, 22 Chaser, at the Athena Cinema on Court Street. 22 Chaser is an action-thriller that follows a down-on-his-luck family man as he must make enough money in one night to keep is family financially afloat and to fulfill a promise that he made to his son for his birthday. His path to do so involves crossing over to the more unethical side of tow truck driving called, “chasing.” It involves manipulating victims at the site of automobile accidents to pay out more for towing fees. Professor Sokolowski shared some of his experiences and wisdom from making this work with us.