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Cinema program continues its growth

November 18, 2010

Cinema has always been an important part of the School of Communications’  curriculum, but this year it got a major face-lift with the addition of new faculty, programs and student activities.

“It’s really grown considerably,” said Kenn Gaither, the associate dean of the School of Communications. “In the last couple of years we’ve added new faculty, we’re growing our student organizations and programs. Cinelon and Elon Docs, for example, are both getting larger.”

Included in these improvements is Elon’s hiring of screenwriter and director Paul Castro as a visiting faculty member. Castro is most well known for his screenplay for the movie “August Rush,” a major motion picture starring Keri Russell and Robin Williams.

“What I believe I can bring to the cinema program is experience and passion,” Castro said. “I certainly have the experience to teach screenwriting and filmmaking, but more importantly is the passion, the passion for my students’ success.”

The changes in the cinema program have not gone unnoticed in the professional world.  Elon was recently one of 13 colleges and universities selected to participate in the Sprite Refreshing Filmmakers Challenge.  The contest, which gives students the chance to work on a professional commercial, is only open to the selected schools and includes some of the most prestigious film programs in the country.

More than anything, Elon cinema students have the opportunity, now more than ever, to hone their skills and to one day become important members of the very competitive entertainment industry.

“I just love what I do,” said cinema student Josh Chagani. “I love being behind the camera or in front of Final Cut, and I’m really glad that the support system here is as amazing as it is.”


Embracing the digital world: Elon begins M.A. in Interactive Media

April 1, 2010
Inaugural iMedia class

Inaugural iMedia class

Elon University launched its one-year, full-time Interactive Media master’s program Aug. 3, 2009 and welcomed 35 students into the inaugural class. Another 36 decide to make the journey this summer, as the second cohort of students took the hallways of Powell to gain their master’s degrees. The iMedia program is designed to prepare students to take full advantage of the shifting and constantly expanding online media market. Students have learned to think strategically across media platforms, plan and create interactive media content consisting of text, images, sounds, video and graphics, and manage information for interactive news, entertainment and persuasive communications. They take classes on the second floor of Powell, and the program is under the direction of Professor David Copeland.

“This graduate program is designed to be at the vanguard of ever-changing media,” said School of Communications Dean Paul Parsons. “As citizens and consumers, we increasingly want to interact with our media content, whether it’s news, persuasion or entertainment. The graduate program will prepare Interactive Media students to be both creators and content strategists.”

In May, students finished their final, culminating projects that they put on display during an Interactive Media Showcase. During Winter Term, students traveled to London, Costa Rica or Panama and produced works for the public good:

iMedia student Paul Wagner talks about why he enrolled in the iMedia program.

iMedia student Linda Misiura talks about why she enrolled in the iMedia program.

Copeland said the second year of the program has undergone a few modifications, including shifting some electives to required classes, adding more instructors for the Digital Media Workshop and locking down the Winter Term fly-in experiences to Panama and Costa Rica more quickly.

“One of the great things about having a program that concludes in a year and has new students the next is the fact that you can immediately assess all elements of the program and make changes accordingly,” Copeland said. “Of course, because of the intense nature of the 10-month program, we’re constantly talking and seeing where changes might need to be made.”

Changes won’t be made to the kind of education the students will receive, though. They’ll continue to become quick experts in the field of multimedia and interactive storytelling, which will make them more marketable to employers when they graduate. And that has students psyched for the 10 months that lay ahead.

Bradley Mu’s excitement piqued last year, when he began sitting in on classes, as he prepared to make the shift from the magazine industry to post-graduate education.

“I felt like magazines are a slowly dying industry,” said Mu, a 2006 graduate in international studies from the University of North Carolina. “It’s all shifting online, and to go to this program would help me to write my own ticket. I feel like what I do with this degree is going to be creative and collaborative. I don’t know if I’ve ever been excited as much about anything in my life. It’s good to have a direction.”

Read more about the iMedia program:


From the City of Angels to the City that Never Sleeps: Elon continues programs in New York, Los Angeles

April 1, 2010

The School of Communications has launched and revitalized two summer domestic internship programs the last two years. Students are able to spend nine weeks in either Los Angeles or New York, where they live, learn and intern.

Elon in LA

Marilyn McIntyre works with students in LA.

Marilyn McIntyre works with students in LA.

The Los Angeles program started in the summer of 2008 and continued last summer, with 38 students making the cross-country trek to the entertainment capital of the world. In the past, students have interned at places such as Fremantle Media, Inside Edition, Evolution Entertainment, The Weinstein Company, Hollywood Life Magazine and E! Entertainment. Students are able to choose from courses that center on production, acting, business and PR.

Listen to Joanne Bateman talk about Elon and LA experiences.

Students also connect with alumni living in Los Angeles. The alums mentor undergraduate students while they’re still learning a new city and becoming invested in their internships.

Watch Kristin Hegel ’06 and Tim Johnson ’09 talk about the mentorship experience.

Lauren Kenney ’11 discusses her experience with the Elon in LA mentorship program.

To read more about the Elon in L.A. program, click the links below:

Elon in NYC

Elon in NYC

Elon in NYC

The School of Communications offered a revamped Elon in New York City program this summer that began in June with a few new twists and turns to enhance students’ internship experiences. Students completed internships in the Big Apple and took a course called The Streets of New York, which was taught by three Elon faculty and staff members.

In addition to the internships, students received affordable housing and mentoring opportunities with hundreds of Elon alumni and parents who work in businesses that focus on the arts, marketing, public relations, advertising, investments, banking, journalism and more.

Students accepted to the program were excited about the opportunities.

Jacquelyn DiNick, a senior Broadcast Journalism major, had already secured an internship with the CBS institution “60 Minutes,” so she was already planning on interning in New York in the summer. But she saw the Elon in NYC program as a fantastic way to complement her internship experience.

“I took Elon in New York as a supplement to my ‘60 Minutes’ internship,” she said. “I knew I wanted to have an internship in New York long before this program existed. But by doing this, I’m really immersing myself in the history of New York City. I’m getting a sense of the big picture.”

Former Communications Associate Dean Connie Book said the program enhanced students’ internship experiences.

“I hope this program takes a student’s internship experience and moves it from 50 percent to 100 percent. By studying the impact of New York City on life in America, in tandem with a professional internship experience, I think students will be highly engaged in a transformative experience.”

To read more about the Elon in NYC program, click the links below: