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From Film Production to Tabletop Game Design Ben Kepner (BFA/FP '13)

June 12, 2018 by Ben Kepner '13 | Beyond Dodge

In most senses, filmmaking and tabletop game design are worlds apart. Ben Kepner graduated from Chapman with a degree in film production in 2013, and at the time didn’t know that tabletop game design was a viable career path. But six years later, after a few lucky encounters and a lot of hard work, landed

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Jon Schnitzer: Probing Near Death or Scared to Death Experiences

June 11, 2018 by | Alumni

John Schnitzer (BFA/FTP ’01) is fascinated by things that might stop your heart—literally, or almost. Hence two of his recent projects have an otherworldly connection, one in VR and one a documentary that examines the extreme lengths people go to scare each other on Halloween. His VR experience, Flatline, has been showcased at VR/World New

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Women of Chapman Support Students of Dodge 2018 Endowed Student Filmmaker Award

May 31, 2018 by | Events

This year’s Women of Chapman recipients have been chosen with funds provided to students producing their thesis films for the 2018-2019 academic year. Funding is generously provided by The Women of Chapman Student Filmmaker Endowment, which has awarded nearly $300,000 to Dodge College students since being established in 2012. Adrienne Brandes, chair of the student film

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2018 Commencement Clips Reel

May 30, 2018 by | Programs

Congratulations to the class of 2018! Above is a snapshot of the thesis film projects completed by the this year’s graduating class. This reel features the narrative, animation/visual effects and documentary projects created by the 2018 graduates of Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University. This video was compiled and edited by

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Alex Italics: Getting your work seen—in festivals and online

May 28, 2018 by | Opportunities

The Slamdance Film Festival premiere of Order of the Orchid in Park City, Utah, marked a high watermark of sorts for Alex Italics (MFA/FP ’18). Programmed in the Anarchy Short films category as one of only 10 screened, the seven-minute, sci-fi fantasy, features an elderly woman confronted by a mysterious man who brings her to another

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DIY Filmmaking Essentials from the Experts Peter Baxter, Slamdance Film Festival

May 23, 2018 by | Guests

Peter Baxter cares about filmmakers, and with a do it yourself spirit he and his colleagues at Slamdance developed a workshop for students interested in careers as independent filmmakers. With 25 years of experience programming film festivals, Baxter, Slamdance’s co-founder, and president, offered his wisdom to the students of Dodge College this spring. Consider these