February 20, 2008
Student recruitment for documentary film
Shaun Huston, associate professor in geography and film studies at Western Oregon University, is beginning pre-production on a documentary film that will explore Portland, Oregon’s attraction to, particularly, creators and publishers of comics. This is a recruitment notice for students interested in working as crew on the film.
For the past two decades, Portland has been known for Dark Horse Comics. More recently, it has become home to a range of artists and writers, including Brian Michael Bendis and Greg Rucka, and other important publishers, including Oni Press and Top Shelf Productions. The largest comics studio in the U.S., Periscope Studio, is also located in the city. Stores such as Reading Frenzy and people such as author and critic Douglas Wolk and librarian and author Sara Ryan also add to Portland’s comics culture.
The purpose of the documentary will be to give audiences a sense of what makes Portland, Oregon a vibrant “comics town.”
Number of positions: There is room for up to five students to intern as production assistants on the documentary.
Compensation: These positions are unpaid, but students may earn course credit through Western Oregon University for their work.
Responsibilities: Tasks will vary, but may include any or all of the following.
- Assisting with background research.
- Sound recording.
- Operating a digital video camera.
- Setting up equipment on location.
- Assisting in securing legal permissions related to the documentary.
- Assisting with interviews.
- Assisting with sound and video editing.
- Taking still photographs.
Requirements: No experience is required, but interested students should be:
- Willing and able to work periodically through September 2008.
- Willing and able to travel to Portland.
- Willing and able to attend meetings in Monmouth.
Application: To apply, provide the following:
- A letter explaining your interest in working on the documentary and why you should be selected for the crew. Where appropriate, include information regarding relevant skills and experience. Such experience may include Film Studies courses taken at Western or another institution.
- Two references who can provide insight into your reliability, and, where appropriate, skills and experience.
Send applications to:
Geography and Film Studies
Western Oregon University
345 N Monmouth Ave
Monmouth, Oregon 97361
If you have questions about the project or the positions, e-mail Dr. Huston, or call at 503.838.8296
Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.
Posted by hustons at 1:55 PM
November 18, 2007
Winter 2008 courses
Posted by hustons at 1:33 PM
September 21, 2007
Fall 2007 courses
Posted by hustons at 2:19 PM
October 10, 2006
WOU faculty and students produce short film
Over the summer, a group of Western Oregon faculty, students, and friends, worked on a short film, 5 Cups of Coffee, written by Maren Bradley Anderson (English and Writing) and directed and edited by Shaun Huston (Geography and Film Studies). Actors included students Katey Bridge and Meghan Flickinger, and former student Nic Forsberg. David Doellinger (History) was the director of photography and William Doug Smith (Anthropology) assisted with sound and will be contributing to the musical soundtrack alongside student Jenn Stamps. Student Ty Brack is a key player in the film's pivotal scene, which was shot at Rick's Place in Monmouth. 5 Cups is currently featured in the "Faculty Showcase" at Hamersly Library (first floor near HL 107). More details, including still photographs at the official film blog.
Posted by hustons at 8:08 AM
November 16, 2005
Faculty in film studies
The film studies minor is an interdisciplinary program that draws on courses and faculty from across the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The following are advising faculty for the minor:
Theater and Creative Arts
Posted by hustons at 7:50 AM