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A Time to Give Thanks

November 2, 2016 Events Comments Off on A Time to Give Thanks

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

 

As a student body, we have had the pleasure to build a community together through weekly and monthly events. This month we will continue to do internal events, but in respect to Thanksgiving we want to give back to the community!

We have partnered up with St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance and during the month of November will be dropping canned food in our designated box, located in the front entrance. We encourage all students, friends, family, and the community to drop off canned goods to meet our goal of collecting 150 lbs. prior to Thanksgiving!

To learn more about St. Mary’s Food Bank, visit firstfoodbank.org.

God is Glorified When People See the Master and not the Minister

November 2, 2016 General Comments Off on God is Glorified When People See the Master and not the Minister

by Isaac Murton, campus pastor. (Published in The Filmstrip, November 2016 edition.)

 

In Cross-Cultural ministry, one must come out of their comfort area and seek to become relevant in the communities they are serving. Duane Elmer wrote “calling ourselves or believing ourselves to be servants, does not mean we will be perceived as servants by others.” In all the cross-cultural ministries, understanding the idea that discipleing is at the core of missions, is the process of making life long relationships, and serves as the foundation for all ministries under Christ command, however, for all of us, the core of discipleship is how Christ did not come to lead as a leader, but came to serve the nations as a servant leader.

“If one of you wants to become great, then he must serve you like a servant. If one of you wants to become the most important, then he must serve all of you like a slave. In the same way, the Son of Man did not come forother people to serve him. But the Son of Man came to serve other people.” (Matthew 10:43-45)

We need to understand that in cross cultural situations we must have discipline and perseverance to transact in these cross-cultural situations, because we are only accustomed to practices in most situations from our own culture. We must always remember that “God is glorified when people see the Master and not the minister.”

The biblical and theological basis for cross-cultural ministry comes from the only mandate Christ commanded us “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching these disciples to obey all the commands I have given you” (Matthew 28:19). The Son of God entered the human culture as an example of and to us on how we should enter other cultures. We serve by entering into a relationship of love and mutual commitment, “so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well” (1 Thess. 2:8). However, if just reaching these people meant establishing churches everywhere in the world, we would have been finished already, but rather Christ sent us to “reach, make Disciples, baptize, and teach (Panta Ta Ethne) ethnolinguistic groups of the world.”

The theological foundation of cross cultural ministry is the idea or the understanding of “Missio Dei.” We are called to proclaim the message of the gospel, not as a personal mission but as a mission of God, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14). God’s mission is to reach the world, to find all the lost sheep, and usher them into the understanding that Christ reconciled the world to himself.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

November 2, 2016 Film Reviews Comments Off on Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

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 quick synopsis; Reacher goes to DC to meet Susan, but she’s caught up in a conspiratory plot and has been falsely arrested. Reacher, as an ex-major, gets screwed up in the plot with Susan and it’s up to them as well as Samantha, a girl who might be his daughter to stop it and clear their names.

There’s action, adventure, comedy, intimacy and most importantly… fighting/car chase/ shooting/explosion scenes!

But will they clear their names before they are killed by the plot planners or the police?!

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back debuted in theaters on October 21, 2016. See it in a theater near you!

“Two Rooms and a Boom” Strategy Game is Popular Wednesday Night Activity at Huntington University

November 2, 2016 Events Comments Off on “Two Rooms and a Boom” Strategy Game is Popular Wednesday Night Activity at Huntington University

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

 

Fellow students: if you haven’t already come to a Wednesday night Game Night here at Huntington, you really need to. Now, I understand if some of you have work or other obligations that prevent you from coming; that’s perfectly fine. But if some of you are simply on the fence about spending your Wednesday evening at school, please let me try to convince you to come.

One of the most popular games we play on Wednesday nights is called “Two Rooms and a Boom”. According to BoardGameGeek.com, it is a “social deduction/hidden role party game for six or more players. There are two teams: the Red Team and the Blue Team. The Blue Team has a President. The Red Team has a Bomber. Players are equally distributed between two rooms (i.e., separate playing areas). The game consists of five timed rounds. At the end of each round, some players (hostages) will be swapped into opposing rooms. If the Red Team’s Bomber is in the same room as the President at the end of the game, then the Red Team wins; otherwise the Blue Team wins. Lying encouraged.”

In addition to these roles, there are also numerous special roles available, including the shifty Gambler, the foolish Leprechaun, and a pair of sneaky Spies and Agents for both sides.

The game was a smash hit among Huntington students, who immediately caught on to the espionage-style gameplay. If you do choose to come play with us, just remember: don’t trust anybody. Especially Phil.

 

A Procedural Look Into The Filmmaking Process

November 2, 2016 General Comments Off on A Procedural Look Into The Filmmaking Process

by Michael Wallace, film student. (Published in The Filmstrip, November 2016 edition.)

 

Recently, some fellow students and I set out to make a short film – or more specifically, a montage – here at Huntington University Center for Digital Media Arts. This was an exercise facilitated by Professor Phil Wilson in our Production 1 class.

Creating a short film, even a four-minute montage, can be tedious and time-consuming. Here is the basic procedure you (and anyone) should follow when making a film.

Planning is important. Once you’ve got an idea, make sure you get your team on the same page. It is a necessity to have a ‘shot list’, which is just a list in order of which and what kind of shots your film is going to shoot. This is key for organization.

When it comes to shooting day, be prepared. Directors will usually have a copy of the shot list and script in hand, while the crew has their equipment that pertains to their role on set (Directors of Photography will have the camera, actors will have their props, etc.). Note that this is specific to a class exercise or micro-budget project. On a large-scale film set, there will be people specially assigned to the equipment and organization.

Once shooting begins, stick to a timetable. It is crucial that shooting does not go for too long, especially if you are on a schedule. Get in there, get your shots, and get out. The First Assistant Director is usually the one assigned to watch the time and keep everyone on track.

Shoot a lot. Get coverage, which is essentially shots from different angles, shots at different levels of proximity to the actor (shot sizes), and number of takes (a version of a shot). This helps your editor have more to work with, and can result in “buttery smooth” edits.

Once your film has been shot, edited, and exported, all you need is some people to show it to. Grab some popcorn, grab some friends, and screen your finished project. Congratulations, you’ve just made a short film!

 

A Classroom Perspective

October 6, 2016 General Comments Off on A Classroom Perspective

by Phil Wilson, Program Director and Lead Film Faculty. (Published in The Filmstrip, October 2016 edition.)

 

When potential students were originally shown our DMA Center as a workin-progress, they were promised that they would experience a hands-on education. Well, I am proud to say that I think we have delivered on that message. It has been so incredible to witness our Center go from a pretty building to full-on production hub in just one short month. Thus far, our Production I students have completed exercises in basic camera operations and are currently shooting montages to learn the basics of editing. The first batch of projects the students have produced have been well-crafted, funny, and entertaining. One group even captured an establishing shot with a drone, while another ended their video with a literal pie-in-the-face.

Our student’s enthusiasm, passion, and eagerness have kicked this first semester off with a bang. Launching a school for film and design in the desert is no easy task, with all of the logistics, permits, and equipment involved. Our Director of Operations, Jeff Berggren, has worked tirelessly with the hope that people are able to imagine the possibilities and catch the vision. We are indeed so grateful to the brave souls who have decided to go on this adventure with us – those who have enrolled for this first fall semester. I am also indebted to Jeff for doing so much of the work he has done on faith. He is a true servant leader.

Students are to schools what paint is to a canvas. They add color, depth, life and balance. Our very first crop is talented, bright, and industrious. As a faculty and staff, we have been so enamored with the energy and enthusiasm happening from table to table, conversation to conversation. By simply occupying the classrooms, taking quizzes, and completing exercises- they have transformed our space from a picturesque establishment into a dynamic university, just by being here. They are already producing high quality work. They are already making us proud. If this first group is any indication of the things to come, the future at Huntington University’s new Center for Digital Media Arts looks about as bright as a 2,000 watt fresnel: very bright!

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How We Got Here: The History of HU

October 6, 2016 General Comments Off on How We Got Here: The History of HU

by Jeff Berggren, Huntington University Director of Arizona Operations. (Published in The Filmstrip, October 2016 edition.)

 
How did a small non-profit Christian liberal arts university in Indiana end up locating an educational site in Peoria, Arizona?

It started with a May 2012 conversation between the president of Trine University (also located here in Peoria) and the president of Huntington  University (located in Indiana) after a meeting regarding existing collaboration between the two universities. That led to a June 2012 conference call with leadership from the City of Peoria and shortly thereafter the first official visit from a HU team to Peoria in August of 2012.

The intial program of interest to the City of Peoria was nursing, but as the conversation between HU and Peoria progressed it became clear to both parties that HU’s unique and growing programs in Digital Media Arts would be a stronger place to start. DMA is a STEM discipline that also pulls in Art to make it a STEAM program with a broader reach for students and also economic development for Peoria. The other major influence was the presence of the CTE Media Program in Arizona and the very impressive way the Peoria Unified School District had embraced media.

Of particular interest to HU was the excellent and rapidly expanding Peoria Student Broadcasting Network. When media students graduate from PUSD they are looking for a university to continue that hands on approach to digital media, so it made sense to everyone to provide the opportunity to them right here in their hometown.

The search for a location in the city limits of Peoria did take several months, but the perfect building in the perfect location with the perfect amount of student amenities eventually emerged in the former Dolce Salon and Spa building. After a major five month renovation, the building is no longer home to fuzzy velour wallpaper and chandeliers of every size and color but rather the latest in digital media technology, equipment, labs and studios.

The first class of digital media “Pioneers” started classes the last week in August and are blazing the proverbial trail for many other students from around the Phoenix area, the state of Arizona and the Southwest region who will join and/or follow them. Props to you Pioneers because not only are you doing fantastic work together in a very short time, but you get the faculty and staff very excited about what is to come!

 

Timeline of Events:

• August 2012 – 1st Visit by HU Team to Peoria

• April 2013 – Board of Trustees approves Peoria Initiative (reviewed & reaffirmed in October of 2014)

• July 2014 – HU administer Jeff Berggren moves to Peoria in consultant role for Peoria Initiative

• September 2014 – HU signs short term lease for office space at potential location in Arrowhead Business Park

• July 2015 -EDA between HU and Peoria approved the City Council

• December 2015 – Long Term Lease signed for current HU Center for Digital Media Arts building

• January 2016 – Transfer partnership MOU signed with Maricopa Community College District

• February 2016 – Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education approval of HU license application

• March 2016 – Higher Learning Commission approval of HU AZ as additional location

• May 2016 – Department of Education gives approval for federal financial aid for AZ location

• June 2016 – HU awarded City Manager’s Award at Annual Peoria Chamber of Commerce Banquet

• August 2016 – First day of classes for AZ DMA students!

Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming October Events!

October 6, 2016 Events Comments Off on Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming October Events!

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

Here at Huntington we look forward to a time of fellowship with our students! Each week we have an event, which ranges from movies to games and even cookouts, which helps give our students a break from their projects and homework.

This past month we got to tour Theater Works and watch their most recent performance of ‘Les Miserables’, which was wonderful!

This October we look forward to attending an event hosted by the City of Peoria, ‘Halloween Monster Bash’ at the Peoria Sports
Complex, which is conveniently located across from our building. We haven’t picked out our costumes yet, but look forward to connecting with the community for this family-friendly event! If you haven’t marked your calendars yet for October 29th, I encourage you to visit peoriasportscomplex.com for more information.

If any of our students or someone in the community has an idea for an event, we’d love to hear it! Please contact, Jamie Sanfilippo, Coordinator of Student Services at jsanfilippo@ huntington.edu.

Latest Graphic Design Student Projects Strike an Emotional Chord

October 6, 2016 Student Exhibit Comments Off on Latest Graphic Design Student Projects Strike an Emotional Chord 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!
The purpose of the assignment was to study how line quality affects the emotion the viewer perceives when viewing a piece of artwork. In Josiah Duka’s micron pen drawing, delicate lines form the illusion of speed and suggests a feeling of exhilaration. In Sarah Wickenhauser’s piece, the thickening of lines toward the bottom of the drawing represents the feeling of dropping off to sleep. Conor Crow’s pencil drawing of an exhausted young soldier suggests the hardened soul of the character.
As they continue working on amazing projects this semester, the graphic design students look forward to creating more amazing art that inspires others!

Cookout in the Park

October 5, 2016 Events Comments Off on Cookout in the Park Posted By: Sarah Wickenhauser

We will be having a cookout at Rio Vista Park at 5:15 on Wednesday, October 5. Bring your family members for a time of food, fun, and fellowship!

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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 …