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Producing a Film School – Part 1

February 27, 2017 by Dodge College Staff | Academics

Bob Bassett, founding Dean of Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, has often said that building a film school is like producing a film. It requires vision, leadership, a coherent narrative, careful pre-production and production, fund-raising and marketing. Or, as journalist Terence Loose once wrote in an interview with Bassett in Coast Magazine, “Creating

Cold Call Like A (Fred) Savage

February 20, 2017 by Meagan O'Shea | Academics

If you want to break into the industry, cold call like a Savage. Fred Savage, that is. “So many things in my career, to this day, happened because I just picked up the phone and called people,” Savage told students enrolled in the New Era of Television class last fall. “If there’s someone you admire,

A Night To Remember with Martin Scorsese

February 6, 2017 by Stephawn Christopher Spears | Academics

EDITOR’S NOTE: Recently, Professor Harry Ufland took his class to a private event with Martin Scorsese. One of his students, Stephawn Christopher Spears (MFA/Film Production ’19), was kind enough to share his experience of the evening, as Mr. Scorsese is one of his biggest influences. On January 30, 2017, I, along with forty-five other

Director Ivan Passer Shares His Stories

February 2, 2017 by Pavel Jech | Academics

EDITOR’S NOTE: Pavel Jech, our film division chair, recently had the opportunity to spend some time with someone whose work he has admired for quite some time. Moving to Southern California has meant meeting some Czech people that I normally did not see very often in Prague. Recently I attended an “intimate event” with the

Tom McLoughlin: The Man Behind the Best Friday the 13th Film

January 24, 2017 by | Academics

Halloween may be long gone, but horror is alive and well in Roy Finch’s Modern Horror Workshop, one of the many interterm classes here at Dodge College. Throughout this four-week course, Finch has asked his students many questions, including why do such films invoke sensations of fear, dread, and more in audiences? Why do audiences

Dodge Holds Chapman Studios West Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

January 12, 2017 by | Academics

Yesterday, Dodge College officially opened their newest addition to the Chapman University family: Chapman Studios West! Located on West Palm Avenue, just a short walk away from Marion Knott Studios, this new location is home to the Dhont Documentary Film Center, which will bring our documentary program to new heights. Before the ribbon cutting ceremony,

Meet Our New Stage Manager – Marita Tyler!

January 9, 2017 by | Academics

Having trouble on the stages? Need a hand with construction rules? Want to know the do’s and don’ts of the new stages? Then you need to talk to Marita Tyler (MFA/Film Production & Cinematography ’11), Dodge College’s new Stage Manager! We obviously like to keep it within the Chapman family here, hiring alums to help

Teaching filmmaking in China: Dodge launches Summer Film Academy in Shenzhen

January 3, 2017 by Janell Shearer | Beyond Dodge

Although companies the world over seek a foothold in China, in many ways it’s easier said than done. Cultural and language differences are just the starting point of challenges to be surmounted for Americans working in China. For Dodge College faculty, the launch of the first Summer Film Academy in Shenzhen, China, was not

Apply to work with Joyce Cox as Spring 2017 Pankey Scholar

December 19, 2016 by | Academics

We are now accepting applications for the spring 2017 Pankey Scholar program.  This semester, our talented Pankey Chair is producer Joyce Cox .  Joyce has produced such mega-hits as THE JUNGLE BOOK and MEN IN BLACK 3, and is the preeminent Visual Effects producer in Hollywood, with credits that include AVATAR, THE DARK KNIGHT, SUPERMAN

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