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“Mortimer” Short Film Project was an Amazing Experience
by Maggie Nelson, Film Student
The Practicum class here at Huntington University Center for Digital Media Arts in Peoria, Arizona is currently working on the production of a short film called “The Amazing Mortimer”. Though I am not in that particular class, I was able to help out at the shoot anyway. Having never actually been a part of a short film to that extent, it was a great experience to have as a filmmaker hopeful! I had never even touched a boom pole before, but with a more experienced guide in audio, I was quickly shown what to do and instantly became a part of the action. There were difficult moments trying to figure out where I—as a sound person—was needed, and trying to get cooperation from others, but there was general good cheer and friendly joking, even under the stress of trying to finish the shots
required for the day. I also helped Cara Wilson with set design. It was amazing to see what goes into making a simple room look realistic enough to be an old man’s living quarters. Newspapers from the 1800s were stuck to the walls, straw snowflakes were hung from strings attached to the ceiling, and a forty-eight star flag was suspended with ropes as a fantastic backdrop. Simple things like a half-played game of solitaire and a dirty plate with breakfast remains were all small details that added so much to the set as a whole. I learned that little features can always add something new. Even though I was an extra grip, I was able to acquire good beginning skills in working with sound and set design during a shoot and I am very happy I was able to have that experience!
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A peek at the detailed set design supervised by Cara Wilson (top). The entire cast and crew of The Amazing Mortimer poses together after a long two days of filming (bottom). A miniature poster created by graphic design student Josiah Duka which was used as a prop in the shoot (left).
Student Movie Review Corner Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: A Fan’s Perspective by Patricia Santiago, film student
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is a film about magic zoologist, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), who finds himself in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards in 1962. He befriends a muggle (non-magical person) played by Dan Fogler, an ex-auror (hunter of rogue wizards) played by Katherine Waterson, and a witch (played by Alison Sudol) who works a desk job in the Magic Permit Office. After losing his fantastic beasts, Newt and his friends run around New York City trying to find them. If you are a fan of the Harry Potter film and/or book series, it’s definitely a must-watch. The music and spells will bring you back to the wizarding world you’ve missed for so long. New animals and characters are introduced, but you do hear
some familiar names thrown in there, like Dumbledore, Grindelwald, and Lestrange. Although these new characters are introduced to the wizarding world we all know, the movie is a set-up for the next four sequels. The characters are there, but there wasn’t very much character development happening, which I hope will take care of itself as the movies go along. It seemed as if the characters were very awkward in each other’s presence and did not want to speak. I say this because there were a lot of reaction shots. It’s understandable for a muggle to be speechless and shocked when introduced to magic, but witches and wizards should be friendly with each other. One thing that did surprise me was how much effort was put into the
fantastic beasts. Each was unique and different, and held its own specific trait. While some were funny and curious, others were scary and deadly. One creature that is familiar to the muggle world as the dodo bird, made an appearance in the film. It is known to wizards and witches as the Diricrawl. They possess the ability to vanish and reappear elsewhere in a puff of feathers, which is what led muggles to think that they were extinct. Such creativeness can be expected when J.K. Rowling was the creator. As mentioned before, if you are a fan of the world of magic, you must go watch it. It will engulf you in cloud of nostalgia and make you wish that you had never left the wizarding world. Now, to those who were never involved in this magical world, you might want to
go watch the Harry Potter films. Because “Fantastic Beasts” is directed towards an audience that knows a lot about the wizarding world, the movie leaves a lot of explaining out of it. Although they pause for a while to explain magic to the only muggle character in the film, it would be best to inform yourself about the world of magic before watching the film.
Marvel Studios Takes a Trip Into the World of Magic in Doctor Strange by Sarah Wickenhauser, graphic design student
Since Marvel Studios has made some of the highest-grossing movies in recent history, changing the
formula that made them a success is a risky move. Did it pay off in this strange new addition to their movie anthology? “Doctor Strange” tells the story of the Marvel character Steven Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), a brilliant but cocky neurosurgeon whose life falls apart after he is in a horrendous car accident that crushes both of his hands. Unable to return to his medical profession, he spends all of his money on procedures that all fail to give him back the use of his hands – and eventually,
destitute and alone, he ends up at the door of a strange Tibetan monastery, his last resort. There, he is introduced to the mystic arts by the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), a mysterious sorceress who claims to be responsible for holding all dark magic in check and protecting the Earth from it. However, a rebel sorcerer works in the background to unleash a ravenous demon on the world in exchange for eternal life – and eventually, it’s up to Steven to use his newly discovered magical powers to defend the Earth
from darkness. The many movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have scarcely diverted from their established pattern – most of them are set on Earth and feature superheroes who got their powers from science. Delving into the mystic side of Marvel lore was breaking new territory. Of course, some of the familiar elements of other MCU movies are present – such as Stan Lee’s cameo, and the frequent moments of humor to lighten the mood. However, I continued on next page
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Fall Showcase: All Are Invited! by Sarah Wickenhauser, graphic design student
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personally felt like some of these elements detracted from the story instead of adding to it. The story was already so different from any of the other Marvel movies that trying to tie it in with the others seemed ineffectual. On the technical side, the movie was excellent. The acting was superb, a fact that saved some moments in the script that would have been dry or even painful to watch if less talented actors had been hired. The effects, though impressive, were almost dizzying to watch – even though I am a fan of the 3D trend in modern movies, I don’t think I would have
been able to stomach seeing this movie thrown at me in three dimensions. The way magic was portrayed in the story relied on these special effects – with streets bending into cubes and gravity folding in on itself Inception-style – but if the primary purpose of these over-the-top effects was to be jarring to the eyes, then their creator succeeded. Overall, this movie is definitely worth a watch, perhaps even several if you are sucked in by the story as I was. Stop by the theater to see it while it is still playing, or rent it when it comes out on Blu-ray and DVD around February 2017.
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November Event Recap by Jamie SanFilippo, Coordinator of Student Services
What an incredible month we had at Huntington! We started it with a trip to AZ Ice to go ice skating with the students. We definitely aren’t professionals, but it was a fun time of fellowship, falling, and laughing! As always, we also enjoyed our weekly game night of our student’s favorite game ‘Two Rooms and a Boom’! To end the month, we had our own Thanksgiving potluck, which included some delicious meatballs, mashed potatoes, and Lisette’s famous vegan cookies! Our taste buds weren’t disappointed. To also add to the fun, our students participated in the Mannequin Challenge, which essentially is when
you freeze into a position while the camera films you. We did our own take on it in Studio A! We encourage you to check it out on any of our social media channels or you can go to bit.ly/mannequinhuaz. Looking forward to December and the festivities that will be taking place! We’d like to personally invite you to our Semester Showcase Friday, December 16th at 7pm. Join us as we show our students work from the semester and have the first viewing of the short film our Production I students put together this November, ‘The Amazing Mortimer’. Hope to see you there and if we don’t see you before the end of the month, Merry Christmas!
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