Month: February 2010

TCF Media Production OPEN HOUSE

The Department of Telecommunication and Film  at the University of Alabama
would like to invite you to the
Monday, March 8, 2010
2:30 – 4 pm
TV Studio A in the Center for Public Television Phifer Hall, The University of Alabama
Come enjoy FREE PIZZA!
Check out our new TCF production courses, find out how to major in media production,meet the new production faculty,  and demo our new equipment!

Our brand new, ever-growing line of high-end video production equipment includes:

Redrock 35mm adaptor
Kit of Zeiss Prime Lenses
Director’s Viewfinder
Sekonic L-758DR Pro Light Meter
JVC HM700U HD camera
A fleet of JVC HM100U HD cameras
Arri light kit
Flex-track dolly
Grip gear and lots more!
For more information, please email Dr. Rachel Raimist   at or call 205-348-6350.

UA Film Festival

From the Kinoscrastinate Website:

In the last year it has become very easy for a student to be involved in film production. However, the University of Alabama lacks an official venue to showcase the incredible work being done by students on campus. We have discovered that there is a great interest in starting a university-wide annual film festival to fill that need. It would have the benefit of showcasing student work, drawing attention to the film scene on campus, and fostering a truly inter-disciplinary art form.

We envision such a film festival to be an annual event held on campus, organized collaboratively by Kinocrastinate Productions, Nimpire Pictures, Sprankle Pictures, and the University of Alabama. We envision this to be our versions of the Oscars. To generate interest, we would like an extensive publicity campaign on campus and online. The film pieces would be judged in a variety of categories by a panel of judges from each school, with small cash prizes available to the winners in each category.

UA Film Festival Rules and Dates

  • Films can be up to two years old.
  • Entrants must be current UA students. This includes graduate students.
  • Gives us your films by the 26th of March, 2010.
  • Films will be shown and awards presented on the 2nd of April, 2010.
  • Format: You can turn in your movie either on mini-DV tape or as a .mov file on a data DVD or CD. If you choose to turn in a file, please encode it as DV-NTSC. For audio, use 48 kHz AIFF, if possible.
  • Include a slate before the beginning of your film with your name, the film’s title, whether it’s framed 4:3 or 16:9, and the total running time. We also recommend including some credits that list everyone who helped in the making of your film.
More information:
This festival is not sponsored by the TCF Department.

MOVED: Hollywood Lecture Series

Thanks to your show of support, we have had to change the rooms & times for the Hollywood Lecture Series next week (February 24 & 25).

The lectures will now be from 4 until 5:30 each day & will be in Ten Hoor.  Wednesday will be in room 30 Ten Hoor and Thursday will be in room 125 ten Hoor.

While we regret having to make the change (& taking it out of our building) we’re excited at the responses we’ve been getting from students — and even people calling from off campus who saw it on the website.

Thanks for announcing this to your students.  Hope to see you next week!


Campus MovieFest

The TCF production faculty would like to recognize and congratulate the many TCF students who participated in this year’s Campus MovieFest.  Nearly 40 TCF majors participated and many TCF student films were selected to screen in the top 16!

Winners included:

Best Picture – “Head in the Clouds” – Team Houndsteeth (directed by Carly Palmour, starring Marcus Tortorici)

Best Drama – “Multiverse – Part I: The Endless Wake” – Sprankle Studios (directed by Chris West, produced by Heath Williamson)

Other great UA films can be viewed on the Campus MovieFest YouTube page:

We’re very proud of all of our TCF filmmakers who participated in the event!

Hollywood Lecture Series

Update, 2/16/2010:

The lectures will now be from 4 until 5:30 each day & will be in ten Hoor.  Wednesday will be in room 30 Ten Hoor and Thursday will be in room 125 ten Hoor.

Original announcement:

We are kicking off the “Hollywood Series,” a professional entertainment lecture series, this month.

Eve Light Honthaner and Daniel Wheatcroft will be on campus Wednesday, February 24 and Thursday, February 25.  The lectures are scheduled for 5:00-6:30 each day in Reese Phifer Hall, room 180.

On Wednesday, the topic will be Careers in the Industry, with a focus on production management and producing.  This will help kick off our new production management sequence.

Thursday, they will talk about “Breaking & Entering,” or how to survive in the Entertainment Industry.

Eve is the author of “The Complete Film Production Handbook” as well as “Hollywood Drive.”  Her credits include “Titanic,” “Just Married,” and “Tropic Thunder” among many others.  Her work can be found on

Daniel has worked for several major studios, and currently runs his own production company.  His credits include “Schindler’s List,” “Jurassic Park,” “Field of Dreams,” “Do the Right Thing” and many more.  His website is