Huntington, Ind.— The communication department at Huntington College recently added a new concentration in digital film studies under the direction of Dr. Lance Clark, assistant professor of communication.
“This is a very exciting direction that we are moving to in our department. Film is a dominant language in popular culture and it is a language that is shaping and forming our society,” said Clark, who has been teaching at the College since 1993. “Who better to be speaking this language than those young men and women who are trained with a clear Christian world view?”
Students in the new program will explore movies and documentaries from both sides of the silver screen--by critiquing what others have produced, and by producing films that others will watch.
“We will help students to think Christianly about this enormously popular and pervasive form of storytelling in our society,” said Clark.
Through classes, on-location shoots and studio work, students will gain the insight and preparation needed for a career in digital media production. Students in the program can gain invaluable experience through Brethren Productions, the department’s in-house video production company. A wide range of clients hire Brethren Productions to shoot commercials, produce industrial videos and create mission films.
“We use cutting-edge software and hardware in editing and producing quality work for our clients,” noted Clark. “Students have traveled across the country and overseas on Brethren Productions shoots.”
The program is further enriched by the opportunity to spend a semester studying at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center. Sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, this unique off-campus program enables students to create short films and complete internships within the entertainment industry.
This past academic year, communication students produced two short faith-based films, “Hanna’s Cross” and “No Signal.” Both films can be purchased through the Communication Department by calling 260-359-4281.
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