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‘A Little Help’ wins LA Webfest award

A little HelpThe media, journalism and film department’s second Web series, “A Little Help,” took the top prize for theme music at the 2015 Los Angeles Web Series Festival, also known as LA Webfest, in April. The music was composed by David Greathouse, who also played Dan in the series.

The four-part series had three other LA Webfest nominations and has been selected to screen at the 2015 Miami Web Fest on Oct. 1-4. It won a bronze Telly Award earlier this year.

About ‘A Little Help’

“A Little Help” was an interdisciplinary effort across the College of Arts and Letters, from digital film and media production, electronic arts and graphic design, to journalism, communication, and public relations.

The series follows comedian Ringo who hopes to pursue his dreams in New York City, but his efforts are thwarted by his dysfunctional friends and family, including his pot-smoking parents.

A group of students, led by screenwriting graduate student Kevin Shabel and digital film senior Nich Peltz, wrote the script, while MSU students, faculty and staff joined community actors to comprise the cast. After more than 250 hours of post-production that also involved a team of students, faculty and staff, the series was launched in July 2014.

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‘Show-Me Chefs’ raising money for season two

Media, journalism and film students are cooking up big things with their reality cooking competition series “Show-Me Chefs.” Eight local chefs will face off in a seven-episode event to air Sept. 26 on KOZL-TV, but students are already looking toward the second season.

Cooking with Care Gala

The media, journalism and film department will partner with Care to Learn for a fundraising event, Cooking with Care Gala, on Sept. 25, to raise money for season two.

The event will be held at 319 Event Center in downtown Springfield. It will include a multi-course meal prepared by the first season’s chefs. There will also be live entertainment, silent auctions and a chef-showdown competition. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Show-Me Chef's Cooking with Care Gala

Get tickets online

Tickets can purchased through Eventbrite or the Show-Me Chefs Facebook page. Proceeds will benefit Care to Learn and film production for the next season of “Show-Me Chefs.”

Event details

Date: Sept. 25
Time: 6 – 10 p.m.
Location: 319 Event Center
Tickets: $100 for general public, $40 for students or $150 for VIP judges
Connect online: #showmechefs

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Funding needed for student-produced series

Students in Rich Amberg‘s MED 597 Advance Studies in Media, focusing on producing a web series, will start filming “Limbo” this month and are using Missouri State’s online fundraising platform to help fund it.

The money raised on MSU Crowdfunding will pay for costumes, makeup, set dressing, props, location fees, equipment rentals and special effects. Donor perks include film mementos such as a poster or a signed script.

About ‘Limbo’

“Limbo” is a darkly comedic story that explores the world between heaven and hell. The protagonist Katie finds herself in Limbo after suffering an accident. In order to move on, she must embrace her fate as a case worker for the recently deceased and team up with Billy, a bitter hippie counselor.

How to contribute

To help the students reach their goal of $3,000 by June 20, or to find out more about the film, go to the group’s crowdfunding page.

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‘Show-Me Chefs’ preparing for fall TV release

Springfield chefs battled it out and a victor was named. Audiences will be able to watch the drama unfold on the student-produced series “Show-Me Chefs” in the fall semester on partnering television network KOZL-TV and on the web. The show airs Sept. 26.

Going behind the scenes

The media, journalism and film department-produced series will feature seven episodes of area chefs going head-to-head in cooking challenges judged by local culinary experts and personalities.

Executive producer and associate professor Dr. Deborah L. Larson said the series is part of a capstone course in advanced television production that includes students from across the College of Arts and Letters, from broadcast journalism and public relations to digital film and media production.

Students get hands-on experience

Student co-producer Daan Jansen said the course has provided him with real-world, resume-building opportunity: “It doesn’t feel like school; it feels like I have a job. It’s been the biggest learning experience for me.”

Jansen is a South African native who is getting a graduate degree in producing and screenwriting.

Community shows its support

The show has also pushed students out into community, like at the Farmer’s Market of the Ozarks, to solicit support.

Co-producer Alexandra Perez-Diaz, originally from Spain, said she was surprised at their willingness to participate.

“In my country nobody’s going to give you anything for free, even if you give back with publicity. For me, it was like, ‘Who am I to call them and ask for free food?’ But they were all willing.”

In addition to the farmer’s market, 319 Event Center, KOLR-10, Care to Learn and Mama Jean’s Natural Market are all show sponsors.

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Animation program listed as top in nation

ElectronicArtsStudents-BlogFeatureAnimation Career Review (ACR) has placed Missouri State’s animation program as 21st in its Top 50 Public Animation Schools and Colleges in the U.S., and 13th in its Top 25 Public Animation Schools and Colleges in the Midwest.

How programs are ranked

ACR ranks schools according to:

  • Academic reputation
  • Admission selectivity
  • Depth and breadth of the program and faculty
  • Value as it relates to tuition and indebtedness
  • Geographic location

ACR publishes the results to help prospective students interested in careers in animation and gaming choose a college. ACR generates more than 225,000 unique visitors per month.

About MSU’s animation program

Students interested in majoring in animation can do so through a BFA in art, with an animation emphasis, or BS in electronic arts, with an animation emphasis.

Missouri State’s animation curriculum explores 2D and 3D animation techniques. Students begin building their portfolio throughout the program, preparing them for careers in gaming, advertising, film, television, broadcast, and/or education.

Want to know more about animation?
Contact Vonda Yarberry by email or at 417-837-2356.

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MJF Showcase to highlight student creativity

This year’s media, journalism and film showcase provides an overview of exciting student achievements — including short films, award-winning journalism and creative works.

Key details

    • When: Tuesday, May 12
    • Hours: 6:30 – 10 p.m.
    • Where: Plaster Student Union Theater
    • Free and open to the public

Learn more about the department of media, journalism & film

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EA seniors to debut their thesis work

The 16th annual Electronic Arts Showcase will feature the latest in film, animation, documentary and other digital achievements.

Students shoot a scene from the film, "Dead on Time."
Students shoot a scene from the film, “Dead on Time.”

The screening will include:

“Dead on Time”
An experimental narrative film based on the album, “Dead Man’s Bones”

“TAR”
A futuristic video game

SEEK
An interactive scavenger app for mobile devices

“High Hoax”
A documentary chronicling the formation of a DIY band

The SEEK app offers new students a fun and interactive way to explore campus.
The SEEK app offers new students a fun and interactive way to explore campus.

“What Makes Us Human”
An original short film

Event details

Date: Monday, May 11
Time: 6:30 – 10 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union Theater
Admission: Free and open to the public

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The Standard wins 25 college media awards

Standard LogoMissouri State’s student-run newspaper The Standard earned 25 Division I awards at the Missouri College Media Association (MCMA) annual contest last weekend. Submissions are judged by reporters and editors across the state.

About the MCMA convention

The awards were announced at the annual MCMA convention, held this year on April 11 in Maryville, Missouri. Nine students and faculty advisor Jack Dimond attended the event, which offers professional development sessions and panel discussions.

Awards

1st Place

  • Sweepstakes — Staff
  • News writing — “Conference championship moved to Illinois State” by Trevor Mitchell, Mike Ursery, Eli Wohlenhaus and John Robinson
  • News Photography — “Memorial march” by Evan Henningsen
  • Advertising — “Springfield Family Laundry” by Brooke Partridge
  • Sports Page — “March 18 sports section” by Nicolette Martin
  • Special Section/Supplement — “Back to Campus”
  • Sports Column — “It’s time to end the Terry Allen era” by John Robinson
  • Entertainment Review — “‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ ‘unlike any traditional movie'” by Nic Deckard

2nd Place

  • Best Overall Newspaper — Staff
  • Story Illustration — “Share a Coke with Boomer” by Nic Deckard
  • Editorial / Op-Ed Page — “Nov. 11 opinion page” by Peyson Shields
  • Special Section/Supplement — “Basketball preview”
  • Website Homepage — Staff
  • Feature Writing — “I run for life” by Amber Duran

3rd Place

  • Feature Photography — “Jazz lounge” by Evan Henningsen
  • Sports Photography — “Football Bears squander opportunities … again” by Raven Kohlenberger
  • One Multimedia Element — “Standard Sports Challenge: Eli vs. Marcelo Bonani” by Eli Wohlenhaus and Erin Snider
  • Sports Writing — “Women’s handball team captures first place …” by John Robinson
  • In-depth News Reporting — “Homecoming protest and its aftermath” by Trevor Mitchell and Annie Gooch
  • Sports Column — “Royals season preview” by Eli Wohlenhaus

Honorable Mention

  • News Writing — “Breaking Gates can break MSU’s bank” by Trevor Mitchell
  • Page One Design — “Oct. 28 issue” by Rose Marthis
  • Sports Page — “April 15 sports section” by Nicolette Martin
  • Column — “Let freedom ring” by Mike Ursery
  • Entertainment Review — “Spirits say don’t see ‘Ouija'” by Trevor Mitchell
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COAL to host Public Affairs Conference guests

The College of Arts and Letters will be sponsoring a series of guests and performances at this year’s Public Affairs Conference April 14-18.

From film producers to voice actors to journalists and educators, the Missouri State community and general public will have an opportunity to hear from industry leaders on important topics at the free conference, themed “The Ethical Citizen: Can You Make a Difference?”

COAL-SPONSORED GUESTS

Bread_Puppet1Bread and Puppet Theatre

Founded 50 years ago by Peter Schumann, Bread and Puppet is known for its political undertones juxtaposed with oversized papier-mâché puppets and the serving of bread with each performance. Students will workshop and perform with the company during its visit to MSU.

Its conference show “The Shatterer of Worlds: Chapel with Naturalization Services for Applicants Requesting Citizenship in the Shattered World” is a walkabout political performance referencing the moment the first atomic bomb was dropped and the bomb’s chief architect Robert Oppenheimer recalled Bhagavad Gita’s Hindu prayer: “Life, the splendor of 1,000 suns blazing all at once, resembling the exulted soul, is become Death, the shatterer of worlds.”

Performances

Dates: April 16, 17 and 18
Times: 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Location: Hammons Student Center West Court
Admission: April 16 performance is open to MSU students, faculty and staff only; April 17-18 is open to the public
Tickets: Free, but tickets are required. Tickets can be picked up at JQH Arena, Hammons Hall or PSU Theater box offices, or by calling 1-888-476-7849 (shipping and handling fee will apply for phone reservations).

 

McEwenSean McEwen, film producer

McEwen, a Missouri State theatre arts alumni, is now an award-winning director. He co-founded a media technology company and hopes to launch on network television and film in early 2015. He consults on various film and media projects, synergizing his expertise regarding finance, production and distribution.

Presentations

Special COAL workshop/discussion: “The film industry”
Date: April 14
Time: 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Location: Craig Hall, Coger Theatre
Admission: Free and open to COAL students, faculty and staff

Panel: “Face to face in a technological age”
Date: April 15
Time: 9 -10:15 a.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union, 313
Admission: Free and open to the public

Panel: “Are all leaders created equal? The individual’s journey to ethical leadership”
Date: April 15
Time: 3 – 4:15 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union, Ballroom East
Admission: Free and open to the public

Special high school session: “Ethics and you: Choosing how to live your life”
Date: April 16
Time: 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union Theater
Admission: Free and open to the public

 

amadiIke Amadi, voice actor

Amadi is a Nigerian-born, American voiceover and television actor who immigrated to the U.S. at a young age. His voice work can be heard on NFL Network, CW, Spike, CBS, TWC Sportsnet and SNLA, as well as in video games like Mass Effect 3, GTA V, Call of Duty – Advanced Warfare and many more.

Presentations

Panel: “Arts and Education: How we teach future generations”
Date: April 15
Time: 9 – 10:15 a.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union Ballroom East
Admission: Free and open to the public

Special COAL workshop/discussion: “Voice overs”
Date: April 15
Time: 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Location: Craig Hall, Balcony Theatre
Admission: Free and open to COAL students, faculty and staff

Panel: “Service above self”
Date: April 16
Time: 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union, 313
Admission: Free and open to the public

Special panel: “Ferguson and beyond: Race relations in modern America”
Date: April 17
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union Theater
Admission: Free and open to the public

PACPublic Affairs Conference

The Ethical Citizen: Can You Make a Difference?

What does it mean to be an ethical citizen? Explore the definition, practice and implications of ethical citizenship during the 2015 Public Affairs Conference

April 14-17, 2015

All events are free and open to the public. No registration is necessary for conference events.

Connect through social media

All conference attendees are encouraged to connect to MSU through social media. If you attend an event, we want to hear about your experience!

Post about it on Facebook or Twitter and tag your posts with the official hashtag: #CitizenBear. Those tagged posts will be pulled to the #CitizenBear Tagboard. Go to web and new media’s site for more conference social media tips.

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Production begins on reality cooking competition

show me chefs logoThe media, journalism and film department began work on its next web series, “Show-Me Chefs,” this week at the downtown Springfield business 319 Event Center.

About ‘Show-Me Chefs’

The series, a reality-show cooking competition, will shoot throughout April and air during the fall semester on the partnering network KOZL-TV. Others partners include 319 Event Center, KOLR-10, Farmer’s Market of the Ozarks, Care to Learn and Mama Jean’s Natural Market.

Series format

The series will feature local chefs who will be paired with local culinary arts students. Each will face off in three rounds highlighting certain ingredients, four quarter round shows, two semi rounds and a finale.

Judges will also be local residents. Both the winning chef and student will receive prizes.

mcgee bowers
Hosts Samantha Bowers and Lakyn McGee

Student involvement

Students across many College of Arts and Letters departments will be involved to help produce and promote the series.

The show will be hosted by broadcast journalism students Lakyn McGee and Samantha Bowers; directed by media production students Courtney Youssef and Megan Morris; produced by alumnus Daan Jansen and communication graduate student Chelsea Eichholz; and executive directed by Deb Larson.

Purpose of series

In addition to providing hands-on experiences for Missouri State students, this series hopes to highlight local food growers, organic and sustainable food production practices. The chefs will be working with locally produced meats, cheese, produce, wine and spirits.

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