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Why We Are Pumped for Spring at Huntington University Arizona!

January 16, 2017 General, News Comments Off on Why We Are Pumped for Spring at Huntington University Arizona!

by Jamie SanFilippo, Coordinator of Student Services. (Published in The Filmstrip, January 2017 edition.)

What an exciting first semester in Arizona! That atmosphere here is like no other. Students come to school every day with a drive, eager to pursue their passion in the arts. Just in those 5 months’ students grew and developed in their field, made lifelong friends, and produced some amazing work. To give a recap of our fall semester, and first one at that in Arizona, I thought I’d highlight some of the exciting moments we shared as a group of pioneers.

In September, we kicked off the semester with our first ever movie night! The movie was Phil’s choice, which had the students on pins and needles about what we were watching. We ended up watching a super funny documentary, The King of Kong. Students enjoyed it, but found soon after that they’d rather social than watch a movie. So the following week we started Game Night, which became a weekly event and included pizza and what came to be our favorite group game, Two Rooms and a Boom!

In addition to Game Night, we also had a virtual Rocket League competition with our home campus’ DMA program during Homecoming, went ice skating, carved pumpkins, had a Thanksgiving potluck, decorated ornaments and cookies, and to top it off went and watched Star Wars: Rogue One together.

To say I am pumped for the spring semester is an understatement! Upcoming events include a Super Bowl party, attending a spring training game, and a barbeque. We all look forward to sharing in more activities with the students this spring. I can’t give away all of the fun things we have planned, but rest assure that we will have memories to last a lifetime!

Are You Interested in Becoming a Filmstrip Movie Reviewer?

January 16, 2017 General, News Comments Off on Are You Interested in Becoming a Filmstrip Movie Reviewer?

by Sarah Wickenhauser, The Filmstrip Editor. (Published in The Filmstrip, January 2017 edition.)

Since they are students of a digital media arts school, the students here at Huntington University Center for Digital Media Arts in Peoria, AZ have a unique perspective on mainstream movies – which is why we love featuring student movie reviews in our school newpaper, The Filmstrip!

Starting with this spring 2017 semester, students will have the opportunity to accept “movie review assignments” so they can get to see a movie at the Harkins Theater next door for free! Each movie will be assigned by school staff, and there will be one or two review opportunities available each month.

Interested students will need to speak with Jamie SanFilippo or Sarah Wickenhauser to pick up a movie review form and Harkins gift card!

Understanding Worldviews in Light of the World as We Know It

January 16, 2017 General Comments Off on Understanding Worldviews in Light of the World as We Know It

by Isaac Murton, On-Site Pastor. (Published in The Filmstrip, January 2017 edition.)

In this world, it is amazing how many people do not understand who they are or how their personal views and assumptions came to be. These people do not understand their worldviews are foundational to how they view and live their life in this current world. Having no real understanding of such knowledge is like spitting in the wind and wondering why it keeps coming back in your face. Well, a person’s worldview is the same. Without understanding what your worldview or worldviews are, you have no real understanding of why you feel or make decisions in the way you do. Most worldviews serve to benefit the individual and serve as no real foundation in life, but a Christian worldview gives you a greater understanding and perspective on our lives together, serving to honor and glorify God.

A worldview is a “foundational set of assumptions to which one commits that serves as a framework for understanding and interpreting reality and deeply shapes one’s behavior.”1 Because there is constant disagreement about the basic nature of the world and the purpose of mankind, views vary substantially and conflict regularly. Many are skeptical about the process of reaching a consensus about what worldview is preferred, since everyone already embraces one or multiple worldviews. Consequently, not many are in a position to critically evaluate their own worldview or engage their underlying convictions in this larger world of ideas.2

Worldviews determine personal value, beliefs, and moral values one places on humanity, reality, mankind’s purpose, and the need for salvation in their lives.

Worldview transformation begins for many at birth. The worldviews held by parents and friends aid in the development of the child as he or she gets older. At a certain stage in life, the person begins to establish their own defined worldviews through interactions and life experiences they encounter. The hope that a child grows up in a faithful and diligent Christ follower’s home with a strong Christian worldview is like finding a unicorn running through the city with an angel riding on the back of it.

So we must understand that  as we deal with mankind, they may or may not have the same view points as us. This again is from their upbringing, culture, life experiences, and chosen assumptions on all aspects of life. Mission-oriented Christians must understand this notion that their worldview is not the only one out there. By approaching people in a way that goes against their developed belief systems, they both alienate themselves and drive a wedge between them and those they are trying to reach. “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry” (James 1:19). This approach will allow for relationships to be made, trust to be established, and God’s will to be done as He sees fit.

Worldviews can and will always be difficult to work through. But having a better understanding of one’s worldview allows them to be able to better understand the ramifications of their relationship with God. Knowing how to define and understand worldviews allows for stronger, loving, and faithful relationships that honor God.

By approaching others through Christ’s love, the Holy Spirit’s direction, and with a servant’s desire, missions will be successful. Reservations and expectations are counteractive to missions and can turn others away rather than lead them to a loving relationship with God through Christ by the power of the Spirit.

1 James Waddell, Seeking wisdom, In A. DiVincenzo (Ed.), The Beginning of Wisdom: An introduction to Christian thought and Life. Phoenix, AZ. Grand Canyon University. (2014).
2 Jason Hiles, Anna Faith Smith, Seeking wisdom, In A. DiVincenzo (Ed.), The Beginning of Wisdom: An introduction to Christian thought and Life. Phoenix, AZ. Grand Canyon University. (2014).

Isaac Murton is the adjunct professor of Theology, Ministry, and Missions and the Pastor of Residence at Huntington University Arizona.

“Mortimer” Short Film Project was an Amazing Experience

December 1, 2016 News Comments Off on “Mortimer” Short Film Project was an Amazing Experience

by Maggie Nelson, film student. (Published in The Filmstrip, December 2016 edition.)

 

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!

Fall Showcase: All Are Invited!

December 1, 2016 Events Comments Off on Fall Showcase: All Are Invited!

by Sarah Wickenhauser, graphic design student. (Published in The Filmstrip, December 2016 edition.)

 

As a way to show off our talented students’ creations to their families and the community, Huntington University Center for Digital Media Arts is hosting a fall showcase on Friday, December 16 at 7 pm!
Featured at this event will be all the best works created by our students over the semester. On display will be the graphic design students’ finest pieces, followed by a showcase of the film students’ work!
Come support our students and check out their hard work at this free event! If you are interesting in coming, please RSVP to jsanfilippo@huntington.edu by December 12.

Christmas Party December 14

December 1, 2016 Events Comments Off on Christmas Party December 14

by Sarah Wickenhauser, graphic design student. (Published in The Filmstrip, December 2016 edition.)

 

Are you ready for the season’s holiday festivities to begin? Our student Christmas party will be on Wednesday, December 14 at 5 pm!

 
There will be dinner, games, cookies, hot cocoa, and an activity involving the creation of homemade ornaments so we can personalize our school Christmas tree with student-made ornaments!

 
All students are welcome to come relax and have fun as a reward for working so hard this semester. We hope to see you there!

November Event Recap

December 1, 2016 General Comments Off on November Event Recap

by Jamie SanFilippo, Coordinator of Student Services. (Published in The Filmstrip, December 2016 edition.)

 

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!

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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!

Marvel Studios Takes a Trip Into the World of Magic in Doctor Strange

December 1, 2016 Film Reviews Comments Off on Marvel Studios Takes a Trip Into the World of Magic in Doctor Strange

by Sarah Wickenhauser, graphic design student. (Published in The Filmstrip, December 2016 edition.)

 

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 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.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: A Fan’s Perspective

December 1, 2016 Film Reviews Comments Off on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: A Fan’s Perspective

by Patricia Santiago, film student. (Published in The Filmstrip, December 2016 edition.)

 

“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.

Homecoming Bash was a Huge Hit!

November 2, 2016 News Comments Off on Homecoming Bash was a Huge Hit!

by Jamie SanFilippo, Coordinator of Student Services. (Published in The Filmstrip, November 2016 edition.)

 

On October 7th, Huntington University had a Homecoming celebration, but not the typical 5K, soccer game, and activities that the main campus has in Indiana. For our first year in Arizona we saw it only fitting to host an event that encompassed what digital media art students do on their free time, video games! We connected virtually with our home campus’ DMA program and played ‘Rocket League’ in our screening room.

If you are unaware of what ‘Rocket League’ is, it’s a game that each player, 3 on a team, are a car and the objective is to hit a ball into your goal. First team in 5 minutes to score the most goals WINS! Overall it was an awesome opportunity for both locations to connect. The Indiana students gave us a run for our money this time, but we look forward to challenging them again and making this a standing tradition.

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La La Land: A Study on Perseverance and Individuality

17 Apr 2017

by Phil Wilson, Program Director and Lead Film Faculty. (Published in The Filmstrip, April 2017 edition.)   La La Land is an invigorating and romantic love letter to Hollywood. Its casts’ performances are natural and relatable, and the film features one of the most memorable opening sequences of any film …

Logan: A Thought-Provoking, Conflicting Film Experience

27 Mar 2017

by Sarah Wickenhauser, The Filmstrip editor and graphic design student. (Published in The Filmstrip, March 2017 edition.)   Because of the explosion of popularity superhero films have seen in popular culture, it has become increasingly common for superhero films to “break the boundaries” of their genre in an attempt to …

Marvel Studios Takes a Trip Into the World of Magic in Doctor Strange

1 Dec 2016

by Sarah Wickenhauser, graphic design student. (Published in The Filmstrip, December 2016 edition.)   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 …

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: A Fan’s Perspective

1 Dec 2016

by Patricia Santiago, film student. (Published in The Filmstrip, December 2016 edition.)   “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) …

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

2 Nov 2016

by Dexter Van Horn, film student. (Published in The Filmstrip, November 2016 edition.)   Jack Reacher: Never Go Back stars Tom Cruise in his second time as the titular character, as well as Cobie Smulders as Major Susan Turner (love interest?) and Danika Yarosh as Samantha (his daughter??). In a …

Student Exhibit

Digital Painting Class Caricaturizes Huntington Crew

27 Mar 2017

by Sarah Wickenhauser, graphic design student. (Published in The Filmstrip, March 2017 edition.)   For the eight weeks since the spring 2017 semester started, Huntington University Arizona’s graphic design students have been studying a variety of subjects, from 3D sculpture to vector art to photo compositing…and in Daniel Sidler’s Digital …

Latest Graphic Design Student Projects Strike an Emotional Chord

6 Oct 2016 | Posted By: Sarah Wickenhauser

Since starting class the end of August, Professor Daniel Sidler’s graphic design students have been applying themselves to learning how to communicate clear messages with their art. Their latest project, to express an emotion in a piece of art, was evidence of what they have learned so far this semester! …

General

Production 2 Final Film Project Combines Forces of Entire Class

17 Apr 2017

by Phil Wilson, Program Director and Lead Film Faculty. (Published in The Filmstrip, April 2017 edition.)   Rule: teaching a group of creative young people requires you yourself to be… well, creative. One of the things I love about teaching is that it continually forces you to dream, invent, and design …

Social Media Madness at HUAZ!

17 Apr 2017

by Jamie SanFilippo, Coordinator of Student Services. (Published in The Filmstrip, April 2017 edition.)   After March Madness left Phoenix, HUAZ got into Social Media Madness! We made a goal with our students to boost our outreach efforts and raise more awareness across all social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, and …

Schoolwide Events Enjoyed Amongst Students

17 Apr 2017

by Jamie SanFilippo, Coordinator of Student Services. (Published in The Filmstrip, April 2017 edition.)   What a fun-filled month we’ve had at Huntington so far! It has been jam-packed with activities for our students, giving them an opportunity to hang out outside of the classroom. The first week, our ladies’ …

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Production 2 Final Film Project Combines Forces of Entire Class

17 Apr 2017

by Phil Wilson, Program Director and Lead Film Faculty. (Published in The Filmstrip, April 2017 edition.)   Rule: teaching a group of creative young people requires you yourself to be… well, creative. One of the things I love about teaching is that it continually forces you to dream, invent, and design …

HUAZ Helps Host Special Visual Effects Symposium

27 Mar 2017

by Jeff Berggren, HU Director of Arizona Operations. (Published in The Filmstrip, March 2017 edition.)   What could be better than appreciating the details of the excellent visual effects in movies such as Night at the Museum, Captain America, The Avenger films, The Great Wall, and Harry Potter? How about …

Experimental Short Film Project Brings January Term Class Together

16 Jan 2017

by Phil Wilson, Program Director and Lead Film Faculty. (Published in The Filmstrip, January 2017 edition.) A group of students tote cameras and film gear along a hillside as the sun approaches golden hour. They frame up their actor, who is contemplative, thoughtful, and enamored with the beauty that surrounds …

Events

Social Media Madness at HUAZ!

17 Apr 2017

by Jamie SanFilippo, Coordinator of Student Services. (Published in The Filmstrip, April 2017 edition.)   After March Madness left Phoenix, HUAZ got into Social Media Madness! We made a goal with our students to boost our outreach efforts and raise more awareness across all social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, and …

Schoolwide Events Enjoyed Amongst Students

17 Apr 2017

by Jamie SanFilippo, Coordinator of Student Services. (Published in The Filmstrip, April 2017 edition.)   What a fun-filled month we’ve had at Huntington so far! It has been jam-packed with activities for our students, giving them an opportunity to hang out outside of the classroom. The first week, our ladies’ …

HUAZ Helps Host Special Visual Effects Symposium

27 Mar 2017

by Jeff Berggren, HU Director of Arizona Operations. (Published in The Filmstrip, March 2017 edition.)   What could be better than appreciating the details of the excellent visual effects in movies such as Night at the Museum, Captain America, The Avenger films, The Great Wall, and Harry Potter? How about …