Film Division Students Screen First Year Films

Film Division Students Screen First Year Films

This past Saturday, the First Year MFA students in the Ohio University Film Division participated in one of the most valuable opportunities offered – the chance to display their films on in front of an audience. The screening took place at Athens’ historic Athena Cinema.  “These are learning filmmakers at the beginning of their career,” said Natasha Maidoff, professor at the OU film division, “these films represent a starting point to grow from.” The ten films screened were shot on 16mm black & white reversal film and covered a wide variety of themes including romance, loss, recovery, killing your boss, and others. “I am a much better filmmaker now than I was before, and I’m still getting better,” said student Bruno M. Viana while introducing his film The Wall Between Us.

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.