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Andrea talks more about her experience at OBU

MSU-MJF-AtOxfordBrookesAt Oxford Brookes University (OBU), I am currently enrolled in Issues in World Cinema, Independent American Cinema, and Preproduction for Independent Filmmaking. At first, I was really intimidated about coming to OBU, because IT IS OXFORD and has a very prestigious reputation. I have found that the course load is essentially the same as taking class at MSU and is something any MSU student is capable of doing.

In my class, Issues in World Cinema, we must watch a movie each week and read articles that are related to the movie of the week. My grade in this class is made up of a 1,500 word essay, one test, and attendance. For Independent American Cinema I have to give a presentation about an Independent American Film, take a test, and write a 1,400 word essay. In Preproduction for Independent Filmmaking I’ve been assigned to develop a story line and create a budget for a film and then present it to the class.

In Preproduction for Independent Filmmaking we have learned many skills that will be helpful in our careers. For example, we learned how to make fake blood and create a fake wound, how to handle stunts on set, and how to scout a location. I think this course is the most exciting and interactive class I am currently taking at OBU.AndreaWelkerWithOxfordFlatmates

Outside of classes I have met so many different people from all over the world. I live with five other people in a flat on campus. We all share a bathroom and a kitchen, but we all have our own rooms. I live with a girl from Norway, England, and Hong Kong. I also live with two boys from Australia and France. We all get along exceptionally well and enjoy talking to each other and learning about each others countries and cultures.

Until next time,
Andrea Welker

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” —Susan Sontag

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Master filmmaker series to be held in April

Andrea ArnoldMaster Filmmaker Andrea Arnold will be on campus April 4-5 to discuss her work on her acclaimed film Fish Tank. Arnold won an Oscar for her short Wasp, in 2003 and BAFTA and Cannes Jury Prizes for her first two feature films, Red Road (2006) and Fish Tank (2009).

Arnold will conduct her master class in directing on Friday, April 4 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the PSU, Room 200. Screening of Fish Tank will be on Saturday, April 5 from 7-9:30 p.m. in the PSU Theatre, Room 200. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, download the event flyer.

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Andrea studies away at Oxford

MSU-MJF-AtOxfordBrookesMy name is Andrea Welker, and I am a junior at Missouri State University pursuing my degree in digital film production. At MSU I have been involved in my sorority where I held an executive position and was a peer leader for the Fall 2012 semester. Other then that I am just a regular student who decided that I wanted to travel. I figured the best way to do this was to study abroad.

I was meeting with my advisor to be released for classes in the Spring of 2013 when I asked him if he thought studying abroad was a good idea with my major. He was more then helpful and encouraging. He told me a little bit about the exchange program between MSU and Oxford Brookes University. Later I did some more research myself and tried to find out as much information as I could before I went home to try and convince my parents to let me go.

The next time I went home I showed them what I had found and it didn’t take very much convincing. I had been abroad before with my family so they knew how great of an opportunity this was. Yet, they still wanted to talk to someone in the Study Away office about more details. My dad drove down to Springfield and we both sat down and talked with Miko, a Study Away advisor. After this my parents were much more comfortable about letting their daughter go to a foreign country for a semester.

AndreaJumpsForJoyAtOxfordI chose Oxford Brookes University because it was the most convenient option for me. Since it is an exchange program it was going to be the cheapest option and many classes had already been approved to transfer back to MSU. This program looked academically challenging, but also offered me the chance to experience how other cultures live.

In the Fall of 2013 I applied to Oxford Brookes University. The application process was not stressful. It was a regular application that OBU has everyone fill out, an essay about why Oxford Brookes would be the right place for me, and a recommendation from a teacher in the MJF department. I found out in November that I would be spending the Spring 2014 semester in Oxford, England.

I am so glad that I chose Oxford Brookes and that it did not take me long to find a home here. Within two days of arriving I had already met so many people from around the world and was forced to step outside of my comfort zone. I know that this is probably one of the best decisions I could have made for myself.

Until next time,
Andrea Welker

“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” —Saint Augustine

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MJF could use “A Little Help”

Bunnies and comedians

Remember “Epilogue“? MSU’s web series that has won a ton of awards? Well, now we introduce “A Little Help,” a short series about aspiring comedian, Ringo, who wants to spread his wings and fly from the nest. This proves difficult when his hippie parents throw him a going away party, landing them all in a most unusual place. On top of that, his best friend Lenny cares more about a rabbit than him, his sister Lisa spends her time shopping for sperm, and the girl of his dreams, Beth, spends all her time working or studying. Will Ringo ever get to leave?

The pitch

To find out a little more about the production, check out Nich and Kevin’s video.

What’s next

MSU-MJF-CasinoNight-ALittleHelpHere’s the catch. “A Little Help” needs a little help from students, alumni, faculty and staff to make this production a success. The production has set their fundraising goal at $5,000 and has until February 20 to reach this goal.

So how can you help? Come out to “A Little Help” Fundraising Casino Night at 6 p.m. March 7. Hor d’oeuvres will be served, with games of blackjack, Texas Hold ‘Em and more running from 7-9 p.m. The event is a $35 donation at the door or a $30 donation in advance. For more information, see the event flyer.

What they need and what you get

If casino nights aren’t your thing, there are plenty of ways to help out “A Little Help.” Monetary donations help provide the team with the necessities for this type of production. This includes, but is not limited to: props, set dressing, costumes, catering, animation consultations and don’t forget, bunnies!

New perks for supporting the production are added every week and can be found on “A Little Help’s” Indiegogo site.

The impact

This project is a critical learning experience for many students at MSU. It gives them a chance to work on a larger production than most college-level students are used to.

The previous web series produced by the media, journalism and film department, “Epilogue” gained awards and noteworthy recognition from:

  • Academy of Television Arts and Science Foundation – College Emmy
  • Broadcast Education Association – Award of Excellence
  • The Telly Awards
  • International Academy of Web Television Awards
  • LA Web Series Festival 2013
  • Missouri Broadcast Educators Association

Keep in mind, this success could not have been possible if the previous production had not reached it’s fundraising goals.

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2014 BEA Festival Winners

BEA FestivalMJF students brought home high honors from this year’s Broadcast Education Association National Festival of Media Arts.

MSU took away six student awards and one faculty award this year in the following categories:

Narrative Video

Third place: “Common Cents” and “My Daughter’s Dragon”
Lucas Eubank and Jacob Holliman: “Common Cents”
Adam Wagner, April Clore and Travis Niedergerke: “My Daughter’s Dragon”


Honorable Mention: Victor Pierce and Dalton Robbins, “Go Fish, Go Forever”

Documentary: Long Form Video

Second place: Sam Geneser, Bret Hoy, Kaitlyn Manlove and David Mudd, “Dither: The DIY Story”

Screenwriting: Short Subject

Third place: Samantha Sweet, “Point of Contact”

Screenwriting: Feature

First place (tie): Kellye Nelson, “Can You Stand The Rain”

Faculty Screenwriting Competition

Feature/TV Hour Best of Competition: Richard Amberg, “The Last Semester”


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NPPA recognizes MJF alumna

Stephanie Anderson ChambersMJF alumna Stephanie Anderson Chambers was recently recognized by the National Press Photographers Association blog  for gaining 230 points during the 2012-13 Student Quarterly Clip Contest.

After graduating from college in the spring, Anderson Chambers interned in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and began her full-time job as a photojournalist at the Tribune-Review in Greensburg, Penn., in November.

She beat out competition from MU, SIU, the Rochester Insitutie of Technology and Ohio University.


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Learn about Hollywood editing from MJF alum

Byron Smith, ’99, is returning to Springfield on February 7 to screen and discuss his work on the Emmy winning Netflix series, House of Cards. The event is free and open to the public.

Smith will conduct a talk-back session following a screening of a scene/sequence of the TV show Big Love. Smith will talk about the specific scene, the editing issues and decisions that had to be Byron Smithmade and the process of working with a director and producer to get the edit down to perfection.

Following the screening, a discussion will be held, followed by an open question and answer session for students, alumni, faculty and staff.

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Hollywood editor part of Master Filmmaker Series

Byron SmithByron Smith, ’99, is returning to Springfield on February 7 to screen and discuss his work on the Emmy winning Netflix series, House of Cards. The event is free and open to the public. Smith graduated from MJF in media production in 1999. He worked briefly for KY3 and then went to study editing at the American Film Institute. While there, he won the prestigious Eddy Award for best Student Editor in the nationwide competition hosted by the Academy of Cinema Editors (ACE).

House of Cards is the acclaimed political thriller and first Netflix original series that stars Kevin Spacey, Francis Underwood and Robin Wright.

Smith will conduct a talk-back session following the screening of an episode from House of Cards. He will also host a master class on the art of editing by dissecting a scene, talking about the process of editing a successful TV series and discussing his work with directors.

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