CSUSB Media Studies students awarded for their film, "Shot"

CSUSB Media Studies students awarded for their film, "Shot"

CSUSB media studies students were recognized with awards and honors for their film entitled "Shot" in the 2013 Inland Empire 48 Hour Film Project.

Out of 25 submissions, student Kirk Cohen received Best Director, student Ben-Christopher David received Best Cinematographer, and the film was first runner up for the Audience Award.

In an interview with The Coyote Chronicle, Cohen expressed his thoughts about fellow classmates and crew members.

"I feel like this award is validation for everything that me and my communication classmates have learned throughout the quarter," said Cohen "its the first project that we were involved in [off] campus so an award like this is very moving."

"Shot" is a film about two friends who begin sharing the same addiction over a period of time.

The film stars student and writer Taylor Thompson and video producer Brennan Towle.

"Finding something like filmmaking has really given me an avenue to push my creativity," said Thompson "I love doing it, I loved acting in it, it was great."

For the Inland Empire 48 Hour Film Project, all 25 competing groups were assigned a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre that needed to be included in their movie, and given only 48 hours to write, direct, produce and edit it. (More information may be found on the Inland Empire 48 Film website)

Production and editing assistant, Wesley Davenport, helped fund and write the film.

"There was a lot of pressure to finish on time. Keeping my cool was essential," said Davenport "that's when good [planning] and organization helps the most."

Communication studies professor Dr. Rod Metts has served as both a mentor and instructor for Cohen, Thompson, Davenport and David.

"These students have taken our video production courses where they've learned directing, cinematography and editing," said Metts "and they're out there winning awards. I am thrilled to see them get this wider recognition."

David also plans to submit the short film to other film festivals.

"Hopefully [we] can win more awards and get exposure and maybe [it'll] catapult us into better positions in the industry," said David.

Story by Department of Communication Studies intern Marysol Guzman

A New Chapter for the College of Arts and Letters

A New Chapter for the College of Arts and Letters

The sawdust has settled, the paint has dried, and boxes have been unpacked in a newly remodeled Office of Dean. After several months of work that saw the removal of walls, and expansion of rooms, the College of Arts and Letters' deans and staff moved back into its offices in mid-January.

On January 29th, Dean Terry Ballman hosted an open house reception to celebrate the completion of the College's administrative office remodel. The project resulted in the expansion of the dean's suite by 877 sq. ft. and included new office space, a larger conference room, an expanded waiting area, and a faculty file reading room.

The remodel of the dean's office is only the most visible indication of the transformations the College of Arts and Letters is exploring. With a new dean at the helm, the College has undertaken a period of reflection, strategic planning and creative initiatives. According to Dr. Ballman, when she "stepped into this role six months ago, the College was already in a great position. Now, it's time for the next exciting chapter for the College of Arts and Letters."

A new College website was launched in February and a newly formed steering committee is in the process of drafting mission and vision statements that will enable the College to take a more intentional approach to developing and advancing its activities.

Check back often to learn more about the exciting things going on in the College of Arts and Letters.