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Maryland isn't a major crew hub for AMPTP productions like NYC or Atlanta are, but figure this is worth mentioning. If you haven't heard, IATSE, the union representing a large chunk of the people that make film/TV happen are going on strike.

A lot of our colleagues are more than likely going to be biting a big financial bullet to join the picket line on Monday, but the goal is to lay the groundwork for EVERYONE to have more humane working conditions as we transition to streaming as the dominant form of media.

If you do get an offer, don't scab. Not only does it undermine this process, the industry is small and it can undermine your prospects in the future. I'll spare the other half of my TED Talk, but in the event anyone has any questions feel free to reach out to me. I'm keeping a finger on the pulse of this situation pretty closely. No problem with educating anyone to the best of my ability.

(Also for the record I am a member of SAG-AFTRA not IATSE.)
Hi everyone! I’m looking for a videographer for my wedding on 9/4 in Keymar, MD if anyone is interested in making some extra $$$
I am a firm supporter in this school’s message! Nothing is more important than maintaining your creative vision in filmmaking and I look up to the sheer determination brought forth from you all! My thoughts on my own future productions are bright and I look forward to seeing what you all come up with! I always tend to look at other films for inspiration in my own works and one that struck a chord was the film “Ruby in Paradise”, directed by Victor Nunez. It is an amazing film starring Ashley Judd which depicts the life of a young woman getting accustomed to a new environment in Panama City, Florida. It had very unique cinematography, with a grainy, almost “warm” texture to the film and ends on a highly inspirational note. I would highly suggest it to anyone here, as it can be found on VOD and the brief trailer is also available on YouTube!
In a time where it is not as easy to go out and watch a movie, I love seeing the constant discussion about things related to cinema! I wanted to share a trailer I recently came across, for the film Ruby In Paradise, which will be available on VOD for re-release! This refreshing film stars Ashley Judd in her break-out role as Ruby! Ruby invites audiences to journey with her to a small beach town in Florida, where she creates a friendship with her manager at a retail store, and deals with the struggles of young adulthood as she seeks her own identity and independence. Judd’s portrayal of Ruby seems to be a masterpiece of a performance as she showcases the reality of life in a town that holds a reputation for partying and tourism. I can already see the character of Ruby resonating with me as a young adult and I am excited to see where the journey takes her! I definitely recommend watching the trailer on Quiver Distribution’s YouTube channel!
McDaniel Cinema graduate Masha Paul '14, appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night and was gifted a dazzling sweater during the show's 12 Days of Christmas Sweaters segment! Masha works as a Writer/Producer/Editor at NBCUniversal and also co-hosts the movie podcast, Love What I Love.
Catch Masha's segment on The Tonight Show's page, in their recap post of last night's episode! Masha's segment begins at 6:40.
It is so refreshing to find a program like this that is committed to having an active conversation about film. Because I have been isolated due to quarantine, I have been attempting to find films to support and discuss as a way to maintain my connection to the outside world. In my search for more content that continues the conversation, I found a People Magazine article that highlights the newest documentary from filmmaking duo Josh and Rebecca Tickell called “Kiss the Ground.” The movie provides an optimistic, simple solution to climate change that is focused on regenerative agriculture, and I think it will be a catalyst that can inspire us to make the changes we need in the fight to save our planet. It is narrated by Woody Harrelson, and features influential celebrities like Ian Somerhalder, Jason Mraz, and Rosario Dawson. I’m really excited for what this movie has the potential to accomplish, and I can’t wait to learn more about the process of making it during the talented team’s virtual watch party and Q&A following the film’s release to Netflix on September 22nd. The party starts at 9 pm EDT. Let me know if you’ll be there!
Hi, fellow cinema students/graduates! I just wanted to let you know about a cinema/music project that I have been working on for the last several months and to ask you for your support.

Carroll Lutheran Village is a retirement community and nursing home in Westminster, MD, near McDaniel College. The McDaniel music students usually perform for the residents at CLV each semester, but, unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have not been able to this spring.

Carroll Lutheran Village has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and there have been cases of COVID-19 at CLV. In order to help the residents and staff facing this crisis, I have been working with CLV and McDaniel music students and professors to organize a virtual music concert fundraiser, to help Carroll Lutheran Village as they face this crisis.

Students and professors have sent me videos of themselves performing, and I am editing all of the footage into an hour-and-a-half-long music concert/fundraiser.

The concert will be broadcasted on Caroll Lutheran Village's Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CarrollLutheranVillage) next Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at 7:00 PM.

If you are able, please watch the concert and/or share this post and flyer! Please tell your friends and family, neighbors, etc. through social media, text, email, or how ever you can. We would love for as many people to know about the concert as possible, in order to gain as much support for Carroll Lutheran Village as we can.

Thank you so much! ❤️💕🙏
Has anyone seen More Than Honey directed by Markus Imhoof? More Than Honey is a documentary on Film Festival Flix showing the difficulties bees are faced with and how important they are to our environment. I just watched it this weekend on Film Festival Flix and wow, there are some breathtaking shots throughout the film. If you have yet to see it, you can easily view it on Film Festival Flix, an online streaming platform with a ton of indie films to choose from. They are currently offering a free trial as well!
I thought #McDanielCollege was trying to #flattenthecurve, not my diploma :/?
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Want To Star In A Film!
Casting call for a feature length film, exploring drug abuse, mental illness, failed relationships and 21st century morals.
Everyone wanted, no prior experience needed. Email me at [email protected] for more details.
I just saw a film that's non traditional and it was really good. It's called Empathy Inc. It was directed by Yedidya Gorsetman. What was really creatively unique was that the film was shot on black and white film. It embraced the film noir style but yet it was a modern day sci fi. Really cool

Tell stories you are uniquely suited to tell. Tell ones that matter. And tell them the way they deserve to be told -- with humanity, tenacity, and courage.

Welcome to the official McDaniel Cinema page. In August 2010, Cinema became a full-fledged major on The Hill, and we decided to celebrate by creating this portal for discussion of all things cinema -- that includes production, screenwriting, and critical analysis. We will endeavor to post internship and job possibilities, catch up with alumni who are working in the field, and keep you in

Operating as usual

12/24/2021

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES: Maryland Public Television in Owings Mills, Maryland just posted a number of full-time positions on their website (mpt.org). Many McDaniel Cinema alumni who’ve been working in the industry for a few years would be perfect in these roles. Please consider applying. It can be a great place to work:

* Associate Producer, Maryland Farm & Harvest, Content Division:
The associate producer will support the production of the Maryland Farm & Harvest series content through tasks including research, producing, directing, writing, editing, gripping, clerical work, and other production-related duties as assigned.

* Executive Producer, Content Division:
With at least seven years’ production experience, the new hire will produce programs, series, or program segments of varying length as assigned. The individual will develop budgets, assist in contract negotiations, and create timetable and workflow arrangements with outside producers.

* Associate Producer/Writer, On-Air Fundraising, Development Division:
The associate producer/writer will write scripts for pledge breaks and long-form fundraising programs such as auction previews and telethons. The new hire will time live and taped pledge breaks, write promotional copy for on-air spots and email communications, and assist in the creation and development of pledge roll-ins and community spots.

* Grants Manager, Major & Planned Giving, Development Division:
The grants managers will identify grant opportunities; manage proposal and reporting processes; establish relationships with foundation contacts; and maintain a tracking system to ensure timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposals, and reports.

* Coordinating Supervisor, Production Services, Technology Division:
The coordinating supervisor will manage and provide numerous services to internal and external clients. Primary duties include coordinating events and productions; managing department resources; and supervising, managing, and evaluating digital video broadcast specialists.

* Director/Editor, Production Services, Technology Division:
The director/editor will serve regional and national productions as well as nonbroadcast special projects primarily by conducting multi-camera directing both in MPT’s studios and on location; performing online editing; and providing training, maintenance, and troubleshooting services as needed.

* Videographer/Lighting Technician, Production Services, Technology Division:
The technician programs lighting boards and operates them and other controls in MPT studios and on location. As a videographer, the individual will capture video and sound that producers use to create their programs.

Photos from McDaniel Cinema's post 12/03/2021

McDaniel Cinema Showcase: President Julia Jasken (center) congratulates this Fall’s graduating Cinema majors on the red carpet before the world premiere of their 20-30 minute digital capstone films in Decker Auditorium on Thursday December 2, 2021. The filmmakers Liam Clem (left), Quinton Lyons, Luke Weinberg, and Ha Nguyen screened their projects (2 documentaries, 1 fiction film, 1 mock documentary) before an in-person audience of 50 students, parents, faculty, and staff. Nguyen’s subtitled documentary “Get Well Soon, Vietnam” chronicles her country’s 18-month reckoning with the COVID virus while Lyon’s film tracks McDaniel’s own response to the global health crisis. Weinberg’s “Twilight Zone” homage “Tweaked” features a man obsessed with his own reflection, while Clem’s film, which closed out the evening, satirizes the investigative documentary by tracking the rise and fall of a fictional addictive beverage called “Razor Juice.” Professor Richard Brett, Chair of the Department of Communication & Cinema (below) hosted the event and taught this Fall’s capstone course. Congratulations to these emerging cinematic storytellers!

Photos from McDaniel Cinema's post 08/10/2021

Reminders of students past: Stumbled across these artifacts while working in McDaniel’s TV Studio this afternoon to set up for the Fall 2021 semester. Some good folks have passed through our program…

05/12/2021

NewsDay McDaniel -Special - McDaniel Cinema Showcase

NewsDay McDaniel, the campus's weekly student-produced news program, wrapped up its Spring 2021 season with a special episode focusing on the filmmakers in this year's McDaniel Cinema Showcase.

05/06/2021

McDaniel Cinema Showcase 2021
Thursday May 6, 2021 @ 6pm-10:30pm
Decker Auditorium (live with 40 in the audience with priority to filmmakers, their family, crew, and talent; masks required) Also, simulcast on Zoom with 100 viewers max.

Here's the final line-up for tonight's world premiere of 8 student capstone films (3 fiction, 5 docs):

6pm:
Event Launch & Introduction

6:15pm:
Wingman
Directed by Jose Osorio [fiction, 25 min]
A young computer programmer augments his social life.

6:45pm:
Jordy
Directed by Charles Kokoski [documentary, 22 min]
A former monk finds his way back to his family.

7:15pm:
Space Junk
Directed by Faith Young [fiction, 18 min]
A sci-fi enthusiast stumbles across an alien artifact.

7:45pm:
The Making of Death’s Shadow
Directed by Sam McDermott [documentary/fiction, 22 min]
A tale of angels and demons slams into a new reality.

8:15pm:
A Gentleman’s Game
Directed by Lindsay Newton [documentary, 18 min]
Stories about the game are par for the course.

8:45pm:
The New Wave
Directed by Deshawn Cooper [documentary, 24 min]
A nascent podcaster does his research.

9:15pm:
Torn
Directed by Chandra Reiff [documentary, 22 min]
A young athlete re-evaluates what competition has done to her body.

9:45pm:
Dream Fever
Directed by Lucas Craig [fiction, 21 min]
3 roommates. 2 much time together. 1 epic ride.

10:30pm:
Event Wraps

[Zoom link will become available 2 hours before the event. Facebook message McDaniel Cinema if you would like to be added to the link list.]

05/05/2021

Capstone Filmmaker Interview - Young & Reiff

CAPSTONE FILMMAKER INTERVIEW: Senior Cinema majors Faith Young and Chandra Reiff discuss the production of their brand new 20-minute films.

McDaniel Cinema Showcase 2021 premieres on Thursday May 6 from 6pm-10:30pm with 8 capstone projects (3 fiction, 5 docs). The event will have limited seating in Decker Auditorium (40 people; filmmakers, cast, crew and families will have priority) and a live stream on Zoom.

05/04/2021

Capstone Filmmaker Interview - Lindsay Newton

CAPSTONE FILMMAKER INTERVIEW: Senior Cinema major Lindsay Newton speaks with Jonathan Slade, Professor of Communication & Cinema, about shooting her documentary "A Gentleman's Game" on her cell phone.

McDaniel Cinema Showcase 2021 premieres on Thursday May 6 from 6pm-10:30pm with 8 capstone projects (3 fiction, 5 docs). The event will have limited seating in Decker Auditorium (40 people; filmmakers, cast, crew and families will have priority) and a live stream on Zoom.

05/04/2021

Cinema Capstone Interview - Kokoski & Dent

CAPSTONE FILMMAKER INTERVIEW: Senior Cinema major Chuck Kokoski chats with the star of his documentary "Jordy" -- Jordan Dent -- about what it takes to get a non-fiction story on the screen.

McDaniel Cinema Showcase 2021 premieres on Thursday May 6 from 6pm-10:30pm with 8 capstone projects (3 fiction, 5 docs). The event will have limited seating in Decker Auditorium (40 people; filmmakers, cast, crew and families will have priority) and a live stream on Zoom.

05/04/2021

Capstone Filmmaker Interview: McDermott & Craig

CAPSTONE FILMMAKER INTERVIEW: Senior Cinema majors Sam McDermott & Lucas Craig share challenges of making movies during a pandemic.

McDaniel Cinema Showcase 2021 premieres on Thursday May 6 from 6pm-10:30pm with 8 capstone projects (3 fiction, 5 docs). The event will have limited seating in Decker Auditorium (40 people; filmmakers, cast, crew and families will have priority) and a live stream on Zoom.

03/19/2021

NewsDay McDaniel - Episode 5 - March 18, 2021

Students in CIN 2201 Television Production are still hard at work covering news on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's the class's latest episode. Top stories: McDaniel annouces its Fall 2021 F2F strategy; New athletic director arrives on the Hill; and the football team returns to practice. Also: A commentary by NewsDay correspondent Brooklyn Anderson.

Handshake 02/22/2021

Handshake

This Wednesday, February 24th from 3-7pm McDaniel will host its largest ever career fair. It will be completely virtual, on Handshake, and will feature over 150 employers and grad schools including media corporations like Comcast/NBC Universal, WJZ-TV (CBS) & WBAL-TV (Hearst). Sign up through Handshake or the Center for Experience & Opportunity to reserve your sessions today.
https://app.joinhandshake.com/career_fairs/21333/employer_preview?token=p3WOxrSAyyix_p_6OMHkOjapWsCfM2CFMG9G08dBPmWUs51SwAJeNQ

Handshake

02/13/2021

NewsDay McDaniel - Episode #1 [Spring 2021]

Despite the pandemic, internet connectivity challenges, restricted access to the TV studio, and multiple snowstorms, Professor Jonathan Slade's CIN 2201 Television Production class managed to tape their first campus news program of the semester right on time. The news doesn't stop when things get hard! It becomes more important than ever! Very proud of these undergraduates!

01/30/2021

ALUM UPDATE: Lin Sun Oo, a 2010 graduate of McDaniel, is producing a new feature-length documentary titled "Three Strangers" about a same sex couple who decides to adopt a child in a remote village in Rakhine State, Myanmar... He founded Tagu Films in Myanmar (Burma) with two childhood friends in 2013, and since they have been recognized locally and internationally for their work -- including their 2014 film "This Land is Our Land" which received the Vaclav Havel Library Award for Human Rights and Human Dignity at the International Film Festival in Yangon. Tagu's debut short film "Across The River Wind" (2016) won the Best Cinematography Award at Wathann Film Festival. Lin Sun Oo graduated with a BA in Environmental Policy and Philosophy while taking cinema courses along the way. Although the McDaniel Cinema major did not officially launch until Fall 2010, after he graduated, we consider him to be an impressive early member of our program... Congratulations to him and to his team!

12/15/2020

ALUM UPDATE: McDaniel Cinema graduate Masha Paul, class of 2014, appeared on NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” last night to show off her Christmas spirit and dance moves. Paul works at NBCUniversal and also co-hosts the movie podcast “Love What I Love” with Andy Mavra. Happy Holidays, Masha! We’re all wondering if you got to meet the next guest, too — Gal Gadot!😀

https://www.facebook.com/masha.paul/videos/10224317328943718/?

Photos from McDaniel Cinema's post 12/01/2020

ALUM UPDATE: McDaniel Cinema graduate Ana Salas, class of 2018, is wrapping up her first semester at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) Master’s program in New York City.

This two year course of study allows students to collaborate with working archivists on real collections as it prepares them to manage and preserve film, video, digital, and multimedia artifacts.

“I am the only person in my program who has both the understanding of film theory and hands-on experience in film,” Salas says, “and it makes me so proud of my McDaniel Cinema education.

“All of my classes are really interesting, but I think my favorite is Copyright Law because we get to read judges’ opinions on cases, and they’re always so sassy.”

In early November, she had to demonstrate her hot-splicing skills on a reel of archival film, fixing broken perforations along the way (see photos.)

“I’m pretty good at fixing splices. I don’t use too much glue,” Salas explains. “But I did spill the whole bottle the other day on the desk. No one saw, though, so it was okay.”

Almost every assignment she completes is published on the MIAP student work page for organizations in NYC searching for archiving help.

“It makes it a lot easier to put 110% effort in when I know professionals are going to be using my work in some way or another,” she says.

Prior to NYU, she served as a production assistant on Maryland Public Television’s 2019 Emmy winning historical documentary “Made Possible By Viewers Like You” which makes extensive use of vintage footage from the 1970s -1990s.

Salas is currently reviewing internship options in her field for next semester.

Congrats, Ana, for your strong work in this prestigious NYU Master’s Program.

09/11/2020

FACULTY: McDaniel featured this story on its webpage today... Same details. Slightly better photo. 🤪

https://www.mcdaniel.edu/news/cinema-professor-wins-emmy-award-documentary

Photos from McDaniel Cinema's post 09/02/2020

FACULTY UPDATE: Jonathan Slade, Professor of Communication & Cinema at McDaniel, received an Emmy award for his 2-hour 2019 documentary “Made Possible By Viewers Like You: 50 Years of Maryland Public Television” at the 62nd National Capital Chesapeake Bay ceremony on August 8, 2020. The program, which debuted on MPT in August 2019, won for outstanding arts/ entertainment special during the virtual event in Washington DC. Slade wrote, directed, produced, and shared editing duties on the production which explores the 5-decade history and mission of Maryland’s state operated public broadcasting network. He conducted more than 30 interviews with producers, crew, and on-camera talent, delving into behind-the-scenes stories from iconic MPT series like “Wall Street Week with Louis Rukeyser”, “MotorWeek”, and “Hodge Podge Lodge.” McDaniel Cinema grads worked on the documentary as production assistants on location and in the edit suite, including Ana Salas, Luke Fisher, and Adelaide Fischer. This is Slade’s seventh Emmy for his work in documentary and children’s television.

Alumni Updates: Writing her own dream at Disney 08/16/2020

Alumni Updates: Writing her own dream at Disney

One of my favorite success stories -- about a NON-Cinema Major who had a close encounter with our program shortly before graduating...

Alumni Updates: Writing her own dream at Disney

07/16/2020

McDaniel Cinema major Faith Young (left, in photo) receives more press for her virtual Summer "Star Trek" internship. Congrats!

Read the full story at the link!

https://www.mcdaniel.edu/news/cinema-major-earns-prestigious-national-star-trek-internship

07/15/2020

McDaniel Cinema alum Kayla Catlin, class of 2020, hasn’t wasted any time putting her considerable cinematic storytelling skills and musical talent to work for the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that’s how you use a liberal arts education! Make sure you check this out!

Hi, fellow cinema students/graduates! I just wanted to let you know about a cinema/music project that I have been working on for the last several months and to ask you for your support.

Carroll Lutheran Village is a retirement community and nursing home in Westminster, MD, near McDaniel College. The McDaniel music students usually perform for the residents at CLV each semester, but, unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have not been able to this spring.

Carroll Lutheran Village has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and there have been cases of COVID-19 at CLV. In order to help the residents and staff facing this crisis, I have been working with CLV and McDaniel music students and professors to organize a virtual music concert fundraiser, to help Carroll Lutheran Village as they face this crisis.

Students and professors have sent me videos of themselves performing, and I am editing all of the footage into an hour-and-a-half-long music concert/fundraiser.

The concert will be broadcasted on Caroll Lutheran Village's Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CarrollLutheranVillage) next Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at 7:00 PM.

If you are able, please watch the concert and/or share this post and flyer! Please tell your friends and family, neighbors, etc. through social media, text, email, or how ever you can. We would love for as many people to know about the concert as possible, in order to gain as much support for Carroll Lutheran Village as we can.

Thank you so much! ❤️💕🙏

Videos (show all)

NewsDay McDaniel -Special - McDaniel Cinema Showcase
Capstone Filmmaker Interview - Young & Reiff
Capstone Filmmaker Interview - Lindsay Newton
Cinema Capstone Interview - Kokoski & Dent
Capstone Filmmaker Interview: McDermott & Craig
NewsDay McDaniel - Episode 5 - March 18, 2021
NewsDay McDaniel - Episode #1 [Spring 2021]
Professors Richard Brett & Jonathan Frederic Slade chat about some of the best movies from 2019 in a way only they can —...
BRETT & SLADE OSCAR PREDICTIONS  2018: Once again McDaniel’s prognosticating cineastes put their filmic chops to the tes...
2017 OSCAR PREDICTIONS & COMMENTARY from Associate Professors of Cinema Richard Brett and Jonathan Slade. Enjoy!

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