On Set With Film Student Megan Fitzgerald

For five days in early March, the Athens arts community came together to help realize the cinematic vision of OU MFA film student Megan Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald’s film, described as a “sci-fi, horror, action, drama,” made use of resources from not only the Film Division, but also involved a number of participants from the Theater Division, Media Arts, and non-students as well.

For filmmaker Fitzgerald, the film offered an opportunity to “bring people together both in front of and behind the camera,” an experience that she and co-creator Brian Epperson focused on since beginning work on the story last May.

OHIO UNIVERSITY OFFERS SMOOTH TRANSITION FOR DOCTORATE-SEEKING M.A. STUDENTS

OHIO UNIVERSITY OFFERS SMOOTH TRANSITION FOR DOCTORATE-SEEKING M.A. STUDENTS

Graduate students studying Film at Ohio University have two different paths to tread: the two-year, scholarly M.A. Film Studies path and the three-year, hands-on M.F.A. Film Production path. These programs are distinctive in and of themselves. While the M.F.A. prepares students for careers in the film and television industry or academia, the M.A. prepares students for further study at the doctoral level and/or careers in film criticism, art administration, or archive and preservation work.

 

Assistant Professor of Film Studies Dr. Ofer Eliaz provides an overview of the M.A. In Film Studies: “During their first and second years in the program, the students take a number of classes that help them master the fundamental skills of film scholarship such as film analysis, theoretical methodologies, historical and social work with film texts. In addition, core track courses in film history and film theory give students a broad overview of the field, the way ideas and texts are organized within it, and the major questions, debates, and problems taken up by scholars in film studies.”

From Film School to the Real World: Megan Griffiths Takes on Hollywood

From Film School to the Real World: Megan Griffiths Takes on Hollywood

Megan Griffiths is a writer/director whose recent works *The Night Stalker* and *Lucky Them *have found her working with the likes of Toni Collette, Johnny Depp and Lou Diamond Phillips. Griffiths has worked steadily since graduating from the Film program at OU, as an Assistant Director, Producer and Writer and Director, among other film-related positions. Her latest film, *Sadie*, is in post-production.

Brian Wiebe to screen <i>A Good Person</i>

Brian Wiebe to screen A Good Person

Brian Wiebe, an OU HTC Film graduate, returns to Athens to screen his first feature in the Athens Film Festival this spring. We reached out to Brian and asked him to share a little about his journey. 

Life Beyond The Lines with Documentary Filmmaker Tom Hayes

Life Beyond The Lines with Documentary Filmmaker Tom Hayes

In the Fall of 2016, award winning documentary filmmaker and Ohio University Film professor, Tom Hayes, was the special guest of the Resistance International Film Festival in Tehran, Iran. His memorable trip to the Middle East was in support of his groundbreaking documentary, Two Blue Lines, which has screened widely, both domestically and globally, to enthusiastic audiences.

Ohio University Film Underground talked with Mr. Hayes about his film, his philosophy on the human side of documentary filmmaking, and what it means to be wholly committed to the years long process of a documentary film.

Sam Stewart Navigates Life After the MFA

Sam Stewart Navigates Life After the MFA

Recent Ohio University Film MFA graduate Sam Stewart is reaping the benefits of his time at OU. When he’s not putting in a full day’s work at his NYC based internship, he’s forging ahead with plans for a future independent film. Sharing his ideas about what it means to be a creative individual in pursuit of often elusive goals, Sam offers insights into the mind of an OU film graduate newly immersed in the professional world.

OU Film Underground recently had the chance to talk to Sam about his time at OU, his current internship, and his thoughts on the realities of life after the MFA.

MFA Thesis Student Kyle Kruse Takes on L.A.

MFA Thesis Student Kyle Kruse Takes on L.A.

Ohio University's School of Media Arts and Studies (MDIA) offers its juniors and seniors a chance to participate in the ‘Ohio in L.A.’ program, a semester-long immersion program where a cohort of 18 students travel to Los Angeles to take classes, complete industry internships, and combine to produce a short film.

Through a new agreement, MDIA will invite a Film Division student every semester to help host the program and run the making-of-the-short-film class.  Film Underground recently spoke with MFA student Kyle Kruse about his involvement with the program in LA this past summer, his experience in the Film Division, and his plans for the future. 

OU FILM ALUMNA BRIANNA BENNETT FEATURED AS UP-AND-COMING HOLLYWOOD EXEC

OU FILM ALUMNA BRIANNA BENNETT FEATURED AS UP-AND-COMING HOLLYWOOD EXEC

When Bennett moved from her native Akron, Ohio, to Hollywood, she had a temp gig at the DGA and an apartment she’d found off Craigslist. Within a decade, the Ohio University grad had lined her résumé with a series of TV gigs (time at BWCS before its ICM merger, The CW and Fox) before landing at CBS TV Studios in summer 2014. In that time, the new mother (with husband Cole Maliska, a writer on Chicago P.D.) had worked on high-profile dramas including The Following, Sleepy Hollow and breakout Empire.