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Trip to PC&E!

Posted: March 2, 2012 in FU News

Last Saturday the Filmmaking Union made a trip to PC&E (Production Consultants and Equipment) in Atlanta!

The trip was a HUGE success; our members were able to learn tons of helpful information about different types of cameras and lens, and also tour one of the most renown film rental/stage facilities in Georgia! We couldn’t take as many pictures as we might have liked, but here is just a few… don’t be jealous of the ridiculously expensive camera equipment we got to play with 🙂

President of FU, Meredith Mckay, cheeses it up for one of the industry's newest cameras!

beautiful... *tear*

Professional cinematographer Jason, came all the way out to PC&E just to talk to us about cameras and what its like to work in the ATL film industry!


A Fighting Chance

Posted: February 14, 2012 in FU News, Student Films

A Fighting Chance

Be sure to try to watch ‘A Fighting Chance’ on Hulu before FU’s meeting this Thursday at 6:30 in MLC room 267! Director of the film, Takashi Doscher, will be coming to speak to us about his experiences producing a documentary that was picked up by ESPN!

Come with questions to ask! This is your opportunity to get some great insider tips on what you can do to get YOUR work out there in the industry!

Here is a look of some of the great trailers and shorts shown at the Cinematic Showdown, student film festival this past Wednesday, November 9th.

Fakin’ It Trailer, Alina Yudkevich


Knightmare, Dustin Hitzing and Andrea Skellie


Tortura de la Muerta, David Goehring and Darien LaBeach


Detour, David Trocivia

Compared to feature Hollywood films, documentaries have a smaller, more specialized audience.  Let’s be honest, a documentary isn’t the typical date-night movie; you have to be in the right mood and setting to watch a documentary.  Unfortunately, once a documentary leaves the movie theaters, it is often forgotten about (unless, of course, it gets an Academy Award nomination).

With all that being said, and an upcoming workshop about documentary filmmaking on October 19th, we thought we’d post some great documentary picks that you might have missed.

Life in a Day (directed by Kevin Macdonald, 2011) – A documentary shot by filmmakers all over the world that serves as a time capsule to show future generations what it was like to be alive on the 24th of July, 2010

Inside Job (directed by Charles Ferguson, 2010) – Takes a closer look at what brought about the financial meltdown. Don’t watch this film if you have anger-management issues; it can make the most apathetic viewer care about the state of the US economy

Super Size Me (directed by Morgan Spurlock, 2004) – While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald’s food for one month

30 Days series, “Living on Minimum Wage” (directed by Morgan Spurlock, 2005) – An unscripted, documentary-style program where an individual is inserted into a lifestyle that is completely different from his or her upbringing, beliefs, religion or profession for 30 days. The first episode, Minimum Wage, is especially eye-opening as Spulock and his wife struggle to survive on minimal income; a reality for an alarming amount of Americans

Waiting for “Superman” (directed by Davis Guggenheim, 2010) – Guggenheim follows a handful of promising kids through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth

Trouble the Water (directed by Carl Deal, Tia Lessin) – A redemptive tale of an aspiring rap artist surviving failed levees of Hurricane Katrina and her own troubled past and seizing a chance for a new beginning

An Inconvenient Truth (directed by Davis Guggenheim, 2006) – A documentary on Al Gore’s campaign to make the issue of global warming a recognized problem worldwide. Regardless of what you believe, this film is a must-see

Man on Wire (directed by James Marsh, 2008) – A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit’s daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City’s World Trade Center’s twin towers in 1974, what some consider, “the artistic crime of the century.” This film is a bit slow, but has an incredible story

March of the Penguins (directed by Luc Jacquet, 2005) – A look at the annual journey of Emperor penguins as they march — single file — to their traditional breeding ground.

Planet Earth (series) – narrated by Sigourney Weaver, 2006)(This breathtaking series won 4 Emmy Awards and features rare footage of life and organisms from all over the globe

Documentaries aren’t the most popular movies to see on a Friday night with friends, but they have a powerful effect on audiences and are usually well-crafted and well-researched.  All of the films listed above are great to check out whether you are a film enthusiast or if you are looking for something new and interesting to watch.  What are your favorite documentaries? Tweet your favorite at UGAFilmmaking. 

*Don’t forget to come out for Cinematic Showdown on Wednesday, November 9th at 8pm, Tate Theater. Film submissions excepted until November 2nd!

This Week…

Posted: September 11, 2011 in Career Resources, FU News

FU’s Scriptwriting Workshop!

Learn about writing for the short, targeting a film competition’s audience, and pitching your idea while meeting other student filmmakers! All levels of experience welcome.

Thursday, September 15th at 7pmMLC, Room 275 

The annual Grady College Student Film Festival held Thursday May 12th displayed the vast array of talent from the Telecommunication department at the University of Georgia. The festival showed a variety of films from introductory to advanced production courses. Students praised professors Jennifer Smith and James Biddle for their filmmaking success. Dennis Adamovich from Turner Entertainment Network was among the many distinguished guests. Congratulations to all GradyFest entries and the Telecommunication/Mass Media Arts graduates!


The Orkids – “What is it with Me”

Produced by David Oster, Directed by Matt Beaty



Produced by Tim Barrett, Directed by Morgan Pelligrino


“Interior Design”

Produced by Richard Simpson, Directed by Mathew Mitchell


“Go Play: Adventures at Sea”

Produced by Brandon Smith, Directed by Rachel Foley



Produced by Matt Beaty, Directed by Becky Silva


“Going Pro”

Produced by Amy Ishii & Chris Hoehner

BEST OF 3210


Produced by Gillian Furqueron, Directed by Luke Galloway


“Madam Matilda”

Produced By Ali Hurley, Directed by Jonna Capehart

“DTR in the Dino Zombie Apocalypse”

Produced by James Biddle, Directed by Taylor Finley

“A Ghost Story”

Produced by Davis Griffin, Directed by David Oster

“Library Crooks”

Produced by Colleen Terry & Michael Waldron

Reptar – “Cannabis Canyon”

Produced by Marty Simpson, Directed by Katie Gasner


Produced by Stephanie Richards, Directed by Kristen Gillies