Fight for Your Right to Film!

websitepostThe Philadelphia Film Office is hosting a rally to support the regional film industry. The rally will be held on Saturday, June 3rd. People are encouraged to meet at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, bottom of the Rocky steps, between 10am and 11am. The local film industry creates family sustaining jobs for a huge base of production professionals, support businesses and their employees, and provides outstanding content for and about our city and region. Unique challenges are threatening the ability of our local workforce to be able to live and work in Philadelphia while supporting their families. This rally is to unite and galvanize industry and elected officials into addressing the urgency of supporting the film, TV, commercial, and multi-media industry of Philadelphia. Come out and show your support!

Last Day to Submit to WestPhest!

WestPhest_Logo_OnlyThere is still time to submit your video to WestPhest! The categories this year are INTERMEDIATE CINEMATOGRAPHY, NARRATIVE, EXPERIMENTAL, INDEPENDENT PROJECT, DOCUMENTARY, PRODUCTION WORKSHOP, ANIMATION, MICROBUDGET, and FRESHMAN FILM. The submission fee is $10 for the first film you submit and $5 for any additional films. You will receive one ticket to the festival and pre-screening reception for that first submission, but not the subsequent ones. All money goes towards cash prizes. Stop by UCROSS 057 for the entry form and for more details.

Westphest will be held on Thursday, May 18th in the URBN Annex Screening Room at 7:30PM. The pre-screening reception at Landmark starts at 5:00PM. Food and drinks will be provided.

UPDATE: Submission deadline has been extended to Friday, May 5th 4:30PM!

Bob Gruen Coming to Drexel

99023486-0723-40d8-85f8-e35a17b9a5e2-1From taking early photos on tour with Ike and Tina Turner and capturing the early CBGB/Max’s Kansas City scene, to hanging out with John and Yoko and covering current stadium rockers such as Green Day, Bob Gruen has always been at the right place at the right time. As Alice Cooper says, what makes Gruen’s work so memorable is that “he always got the money shot.” Gruen’s photographs take the viewer backstage, on tour and into intimate moments – bearing witness to the rise of rock and roll and punk.

Gruen will appear at the Pearlstein Gallery on Wednesday, May 3rd at 6:00PM with music journalist and rock and roll correspondent Rona Ellio. The event is also a chance to see Bob Gruen’s exhibit at the Pearlstein Gallery, which just received a rave review from the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Drexel Writing Festival Screenings

Almost_FamousThis year’s Drexel Writing Festival will be from Tuesday May 9th to Thursday, May 11th and will feature multi-media presentations, workshops, and live performances. As part of the festival, there also will be several film screenings with special guests. A screening of Almost Famous with ex Rolling Stone journalist Richard Abowitz will be Wednesday, May 10th from 6:30PM to 9:30PM, and a screening of Buffalo 66 with co-writer and Drexel Cinema & Television Professor Alison Bagnall will be Thursday, May, 11th from 7:00PM to 9:30PM. Both screenings will take place at the Pearlstein Gallery located at 3401 Filbert Street. All events are FREE!

WestPhest Details Announced!

WestPhest_Logo_OnlyThe 2017 Westphest student film festival will be held on Thursday, May 18th in the URBN Annex Screening Room at 7:30PM. There will be a pre-screening reception at Landmark starting at 5:00PM. The deadline to submit is Tuesday May 2nd at 5:00PM. Submission forms are outside of the main office, UCROSS 057.

The categories this year are INTERMEDIATE CINEMATOGRAPHY, NARRATIVE, EXPERIMENTAL, INDEPENDENT PROJECT (must be for credit), DOCUMENTARY, PRODUCTION WORKSHOP, ANIMATION, MICROBUDGET, and FRESHMAN FILM. The submission fee is $10 for the first film you submit and $5 for any additional films. You will receive one ticket to the festival and pre-screening reception for that first submission, but not the subsequent ones.  All money goes towards cash prizes. Please refer to the entry form for more details.

Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival Opening this Saturday

festival_cover_photo_cropped_183b5cDrexel is a proud sponsor of this year’s Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival. All students are invited to attend three film screenings this Saturday, April 22nd from 1:30PM to 4:00PM at the Prince Theater in Center City. The event is free for all Cinema & Television students. The filmmakers will all be in attendance and our very own Department Head Karin Kelly will be a festival judge. Click here for more information.

WSAB Accepting New Applicants

14068387_1681513478841569_6172600587063167450_oCalling all Cinema & Television students! The Westphal Student Advisory Board (WSAB) is looking for new applicants. WSAB works with the Dean’s Office to unify the diverse majors and improve student life within the Westphal College of Media Arts and Design. Now is your chance to represent the Cinema & Television Department and to give back to your peers. Click here for more information and click here to apply.

Quarterly Lab Update

Untitled-1Welcome back! Hopefully your break was enjoyable. There were quite a few updates in the labs while you were gone. All Mac computers were updated from OS X Mavericks to Yosemite, Adobe CC was updated from 2016 to 2017, Avid Media Composer was updated from 8.5.3 to 8.8.1, Pro Tools was updated from 11.3.1 to 11.3.2, and DaVinci Resolve was updated from 12 to 12.5. Additionally, the CODEX Production Suite has been installed on all Equipment Room laptops in support of the new ARRI cameras. Lastly, a new 4K work station has been unveiled in the Color Grading Lab. As always, if you experience any technical issues you can report the problem here.

Tom Brokaw to Visit Drexel

NightlyNewsLegendary broadcast journalist Tom Brokaw will be visiting Drexel University on Saturday, April 8th at 2:00PM in the URBN Annex. Brokaw anchored NBC Nightly News for more than twenty years. He also hosted The Today Show and Meet the Press, and has published numerous bestselling books. He now serves as a Special Correspondent for NBC News and works on documentaries for other outlets. This is a great opportunity to interact with one of the titans of broadcast journalism.

Date: Saturday, April 8th
Time: 2:00PM
Location: URBN Annex