Film Studies Minor Reflects on Summer Internship at HBO’s Righteous Gemstones

By: Peyton Brotzman, senior, Film Studies Minor

Over the summer I had the great opportunity of working as a Production Accounting Intern for HBO’s Righteous Gemstones Season 3, filmed here in Charleston. During this time, I  learned not only about what all goes into producing a film on set, but also how much work is done on the ‘backside’ of production to keep everything running smoothly.

The team I worked under was the production accounting department, and they were trained me for several jobs inthe office. I helped process ‘P cards’ (or payment credit cards) for purchases made by various departments and scanned and filed checks into their new ‘Covid-friendly’ electronic system. I was also in charge of organizing the large and complicated production calendars so that each team member could keep up to date with which episode to code payments to. My bosses were super supportive and eager to teach me what all their individual jobs were. I have a newfound appreciation for the teams that work behind the scenes on TV shows and movies, communicating with every other department (locations, costumes, set design etc.) in order to have a comprehensive collection data to send back to the studio.

By far one of the coolest experiences I had for this job was when my boss was able to land me a few shifts to work on set as a production assistant. I was given lock up positions and had to monitor the flow of the various teams working together on my headset. I was a vital part of filming and got to experience everyone collaborating to perfect and film various scenes. The entire internship was an invaluable experience that has encouraged me to continue on a path where film will be a big component of my life. I can’t thank the Righteous Gemstones team and my film professor Dr. Bruns enough for helping me land this opportunity and experience it to the fullest.

Congratulations to our Film Studies graduates, class of ’22!

We are delighted to offer our congratulations to the following students who have graduated with a Film Studies minor:

Jennifer Ashikari (COMM)

Tayler Bell (ARTM)

Mollie Bowman (ENGL)

Devon Bush (EXSC)

Connor Combs (THTR)

Alice Ohlandt (ENGL)

Camille Orzech (PSYC)

Mary Elizabeth Ray (ENGL)

Lillie Sauls (MKTG)

Caroline Schneider (COMM)

Tally Sessions (INTL)

Edmund Ting (BGST)

Jack Wedge (ENGL)

 

We couldn’t be more proud of all of you, and we wish you all best with your future endeavors!

Netflix series “Outer Banks” seeks extras for its new season

According to a Post & Courier press release, the Casting Director for the Netflix series “Outer Banks” is seeking extras for its new season. The series, which is being shot on location here in Charleston, is going into its 3rd season. Kayln Oyer of the P&C story writes, “The show stars the ‘Pogues’ and the ‘Kooks,’ two rival high school groups, on the hunt for buried treasure with quite some dangerous and exciting twists and turns on their adventure. An actress from Charleston, Madelyn Cline, plays leading character Sarah Cameron, alongside Chase Stokes (John B), Madison Bailey (Kiara), Rudy Pankow (JJ) and Jonathan Daviss (Pope).

Extras Casting Director Kimmie Stewart told The Post and Courier the show is currently looking for extras for the third season.

Stewart said casting calls for “Outer Banks” are posted regularly on the group Facebook page at facebook.com/stewartcasting and Instagram page at instagram.com/stewart_casting.”

 

Congrats to Our Student Filmmakers! News and Images from the 17th Annual Student Film Festival

It was a packed house at Queen St. on Saturday, April 9, celebrating student filmmaking at the College of Charleston’s 17th Annual Student Film Festival. Among the films screened were shorts from both the College of Charleston and Trident Technical College–a collaboration which began in 2019 at the 14th Annual Student Film Festival. In addition to the program of nine short films, there were judge spotlights featuring Rodney Rogers of the Theater Department and Giovanna De Luca of the Italian Program, a musical interlude by James Seezen (who performed the theme to The Godfather), as well two Q&As with filmmakers Bristol Barnes (Weight) and Allyson Suyat (Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day).

The winner of this year’s festival was Shaun Rogers and Dorian Del Valle for their short film You, Me, and the Devil Makes Three. In second place was Bristol Barnes for her film Weight, based on a screenplay by Peyton Brotzman, who won the Annual Screenwriting Competition in Fall 2021. In third place was Ellison Mitchum’s The Tooth Hurts. Congratulations to all who submitted! You’re all awesomely talented!

A Special shout out to May Meyers, Bristol Barnes, and Keller Hollingsworth and other members of the Student Film Club for their hard work and commitment. Thanks, too, to this year’s panel of judges: John Bruns (Professor of English and Director of Film Studies), Giovanna De Luca (Professor of Italian and Film Studies), Rodney Paul Rogers (Department of Theater), Tim Fennell (Instructor, Film & Media Arts, Trident Technical College).

Check out some images from the evening:

Members of the Student Film Club
Bristol Barnes (left) and Max Meyers (right)
From left to right, Tim Fennell, Anna Deason, Cooper McBurney, Suguri Yamaguchi, Peyton Brotzman, Bristol Barnes, Max Meyers, and Charles Nicely.

Film Studies abroad! Images from Florence, Italy, 2022.

This Spring semester, Dr. Colleen Glenn, Associate Professor of English and Film Studies, was among a small group of faculty from Communication and History leading a semester-long program in Florence, Italy. Dr. Glenn taught two film courses: ENGL 212: The Cinema: History and Criticism, and ENGL 390: Studies in Slow Cinema.

On March 24, students attended the Florence premiere of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza at the Cinema Odeon Teatro. The Odeon has a long and interesting history. Built in a large Renaissance-style palace, the Odeon officially opened its doors in December, 1922. Originally intended to be a hotel, the owners decided instead to turn the space into a large movie theatre. It’s a well-preserved dream palace right in the heart of city center. The students got a quick mini-lecture from an expert on cinema in Florence before attending the screening. Below is an image from a walking tour students enrolled in Dr. Glenn’s Slow Cinema course did that included prominent shooting locations for movies made/shot in Florence. Beneath that is an image taken just before showtime.

Announcing the 17th Annual Student Film Festival, April 9 at Queen Street Playhouse

We’re delighted to announce the 17th Annual Student Film Festival will be held, in person, at the Queen Street Playhouse on Saturday, April 9, from 6-9pm. Submissions for the festival have been collected, and a panel of four judges will determine the top winners to be announced at the end of the festival program. Attendance is free for College of Charleston students.

The Queen Street Playhouse is located at 20 Queen St., in downtown Charleston. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. There may or may not be some slapping.

 

Schedule of Fall 2022 Film Courses

Here’s a preliminary list of courses offered Fall 2022 that will count toward FMST credit. Please check back frequently for updates/changes. Click highlighted text for course description (if available).

ENGL 212.05
The Cinema: History & Criticism*
Dr. Bruns
TR 10:50 – 12:05
RSS 251
ENGL 212.03
The Cinema: History & Criticism*
Dr. Bruns
TR 12:15 – 1:30
RSS 251
ENGL 212.01
The Cinema: History & Criticism*
Dr. Glenn
MW 3:25 – 4:40
RSS 251

ENGL 212.02 (LC4)
The Cinema: History & Criticism*
Dr. Glenn
MW 2:00 – 3:15
MYBK 100
ENGL 351
Studies in American Film: Hollywood Genres*
Dr. Bruns
TR 1:40 – 2:55
RSS 251
LTIT 370
Studies in Italian Cinema:
New Italian Cinema**
Dr. De Luca
TR 10:50 – 12:05
LCTR B09

LTPO 270
Studies in Brazilian Film**
Dr. Moreira
TR 1:40 – 2:55
LONG 402A
THTR 350.01
Selected Topics in
Communication Production:
Screenwriting I***
Rodney Rogers
Online
THTR 488.01
Selected Topics in
Theatre II:
Screenwriting II***
Rodney Rogers
Online

* meets the requirement for Cluster 1 of the FMST minor
** meets the requirement for Cluster 2 of the FMST minor
*** meets the requirement for Cluster 3 of the FMST minor

Eli Saliba (CofC ’20) screens his short film at the Beaufort International Film Festival

Eli Saliba (class of 2020), a Film Studies minor and Student Film Club officer, is currently pursuing his MFA at the University of Georgia’s new program in Film and Television. As part of his studies, he produced his own short film, Lavender, which was screened at this year’s Beaufort International Film Festival last Thursday! Eli was interviewed at the Festival, and you can view the interview on the festival Facebook page here. Congratulations, Eli!

Schedule of Summer 2022 film courses available

Here’s a preliminary list of courses offered Summer 2022 that will count toward FMST credit. Click highlighted text for course description (if available). Check back frequently for updates and additions.

ENGL 212
The Cinema: History & Criticism*
Dr. Glenn
Maymester
ONLINE
ARST 240
Studies in Arabic Cinema**
Dr. Davidson
Summer I
ONLINE

CLAS 270.01
Classics in Cinema**
Dr. Zeiner-Carmichael
Maymester
ONLINE
CLAS 270.02
Classics in Cinema**
Dr. Zeiner-Carmichael
Maymester
ONLINE

CITA 120 canceled
Animation and Virtual Worlds***
Dr. Schoemann
Summer I
MTWR 9:30 – 11:15am
HWEA 300
HIST 210
The Horror Film and 20th Century
American History: Terror in the Aisles***
Dr. Poole
Maymester
MBNK 304

LTRS 270
Studies in Russian Film**
Dr. Erman
Maymester
ONLINE

RELS 280
Religion and Film***
TBA
Maymester

* meets the requirement for Cluster 1 of the FMST minor
** meets the requirement for Cluster 2 of the FMST minor
*** meets the requirement for Cluster 3 of the FMST minor

New film starring Bill Murray to be screened at the Terrace Theater, followed by director Q&A

New Worlds: The Cradle of Civilization, a new concert documentary by Andrew Muscato, will be screened twice this week at the Terrace Theater, 1956 Maybank Highway, on Tuesday, February 8, at 1:30 and again at 7:30. The latter screening will be followed a Q&A with the director.

The documentary, which was an official selection at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, captures a live performance at the ancient Odeon of Herodes Atticus near the Acropolis, Athens, Greece in 2018. The concert features poetry recited by Murray, with music provided by cellist Jan Vogler, violinist Mira Wang, and pianist Vanessa Perez.

For more information, click here.