Are you passionate about film? The Cinema and Media Communication major can help you pursue that passion, developing your creative and critical skills in the studio and the classroom.
Students choose among four concentrations that prepare them for a wide variety of jobs ranging from commercial filmmaking to recording rock bands, from crafting 3D animation and special effects to shooting documentaries in third-world countries.
Our major combines the liberal arts emphases on theory and criticism with hands-on production courses in film, video and digital media. Our students put that knowledge into use through a series of intensive, hands-on projects. All our students complete at least one internship to help them channel their passion into a career.
"Reel" World Experience
As part of their education about the film industry, George Fox students travel to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, to screen films and learn about contemporary independent filmmaking from some of the world's top industry artists and experts. Plans call to attend the Sundance Film Festival – the largest independent film event in the United States – every other year. While at Sundance, students also participate in events such as the Windrider Forum, an event organized by Fuller Theological Seminary that integrates themes and questions of faith with film.
Choose from four concentrations:
Students in the Film and Video Production concentration get a solid foundation in all aspects of filmmaking, including scriptwriting, directing, cinematography, sound and editing. They hone their skills on gear ranging from Arriflex 16mm film cameras to Red Digital Cinema cameras. They learn film history and theory, then put those principles into practice as they create films ranging from short personal projects to large-scale films suitable for film festivals. Students in this concentration have gone on to work in Hollywood or in the Portland film community on shows including Grimm, The Librarians, and Portlandia, or for employers ranging from Luis Palau Ministries to the Portland Trailblazers.
Whether it’s creating a chest-pounding dance mix or a gut-wrenching sound effect for a movie, our Audio Production students harness the power of sound in artistic, creative ways. Students record in our 5.1 surround-sound recording studio complete with hidden Foley pits, using cutting edge digital devices as well as warm old-school ribbon mics and tube preamps. Graduates of the program have gone on to cut sound for Z Nation, and Larson Sound Studios in L.A.
The lights come up at the end of the film, and you can’t wait to go get a coffee and talk about the film long into the night. You may be a cinephile. Students in the Film Studies concentration learn about cinema history, theory and media criticism alongside elements of hands-on film production. This is a great concentration for those who aspire to write about, teach or critique film and media.
Students in the Animation concentration get to create Pixar-style animation, build websites, and create special effects for films … as homework. Utilizing tools ranging from green screens and blazing-fast computers to stop-motion armatures, they explore 2D and 3D animation, compositing and motion graphics. Graduates of our program have gone on to work at Laika Studios and SOMA Games and have interned at companies including Supergenius Studio and Dreamworks.
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