Month: February 2014

TCF Supports The Artcade: March 6

The validity of video games as an art form has long been questioned in our society. The Artcade is a collaborative event that seeks to celebrate the hard work, time, and creativity that goes in to making each aspect of a video game. This one day exhibit will feature the artistic evolution of gaming through four levels of interactive art and gaming. These sections of art you can play will discuss and demonstrate the value in game graphics, narratives, music, and gameplay. Interactions will include speed-runs of award winning games, exemplary games for participants to play, and artistic and musical behind the scenes features.

The Artcade will be free to play on Thursday, March 6, 2014 from 5-9 pm in the UA Rec Student Activity Center.


BEA Awards

All the BEA winners have been posted and, as usual, TCF has an excellent record of achievement. We had 5 papers and 5 festival awards! All peer-reviewed and competitively selected. Of the 5 papers, 3 were TOP papers in their division and one additional paper was selected for the prestigious Research Symposium. At the Festival, 2 were faculty awards and 3 were student awards. Michael received the Best of the Festival Award in Faculty Sports, the top award for the festival and the first time it has been awarded in the Sports Division.

Here is the complete breakdown:

Research Papers

Top paper: BEA Research division (debut): Yonghwan Kim

Like-minded media use and stereotypic perceptions: Exploring the connection between exposure to like-minded media and stereotypical perceptions.

Top paper, Gender Studies (open): Andy Billings

Parallel Lines of Commentary? The NBC Broadcast Network’s Primetime Depiction of Male Gymnasts at the 2012 Olympic Games

Top Paper, International Division (open): Michel Haigh & Michael Bruce

A Comparison of the Visual and Story Frames Al Jazeera English and CNN Employed During the 2011 Egyptian Revolution

Research Symposium: Michael Bruce:

Sensational Pictures: An Analysis of Visual Structure on Five Transnational Arab News Channels

Selected for presentation: Yonghwan Kim:

Selective exposure to podcasts, emotions, and political participation: The mediating role of emotions.

International Festival of Media Arts

Best of Festival, Faculty Sports:

Michael Bruce: Houndstooth: Tradition. Community. Loyalty.

Faculty Video Competition: Promotional Video

Award of Excellence: Scott Hodgson, University of Oklahoma & Chandra Clark, The University of Alabama: Communicating Superstorm Sandy


Student Interactive Multimedia Competition: Small Team, 1st Place Winner:

Miller Coop and Anne Tyler Bushman, The University of Alabama, Miracle League.

Student Documentary/Long Form: 3rd Place Winner

Shelby Hadden, The University of Alabama, Not a Statistic

Student Television Hard News Reporting: Honorable Mention

Tommy Townsend, The University of Alabama, Drownings on the River



Scriptwriting Competition Winners

The TCF/Capstone Communication Scriptwriting Competition had more scripts entered this year than ever before, and the judges (headed by alum Tom Cherones) were quite pleased with the quality. This made their job even harder, and their decision was very difficult.

Here are the Award Winners:

  • First Place: “The Unthinkable” by Brittany E. Walton ($5,000)
  • Second Place: “Wishful Thinking” by Rachael Giles ($2,500)
  • Third Place: “A Day in the Life of Willie” by Thomas C. Kennemer ($1,000)

Additionally, “A Day in the Life of Willie” was selected to be produced by the Cherones Capstone Production class this year.

The winners will be honored on April 17 (time TBA) at the Bama Theater. That evening will feature a screening of past Cherones classes, Q&A from Tom Cherones and Production Designer Tom Azzari, and the presentation to our scriptwriting winners.

TCF Prof. Kristen Warner: Object X – What is a Dollar?

Object X seeks to examine how differing opinions can converge to define an object. The third event in this series will focus on the simple question, “What is a dollar?” Six speakers will come together on February 17 at 7:00pm in ten Hoor room 30 to answer that question. Come hear a variety of voices in the Tuscaloosa and University of Alabama communities shed light on different aspects of the ever-polarizing dollar.

Chip Cooper, Honors College Artist in Residence
Lauren Lock, Panhellenic Community Member
Hannah Rath, Former President of Project Health
Kristen Warner, Assistant Professor of Telecommunication & Film
Phillip Weaver, Owner of Buffalo Phil’s
Craig Wedderspoon, Associate Professor of Art, Sculpture

Tweet at us before the event! Use #whatisadollar and tell us the best way you’ve ever spent a dollar. A bag of chocolate coins will go to whoever has the best story!

What is a dollar? poster

Campus MovieFest Winners

At last night’s Campus MovieFest, TCF students took most of the top honors:

Sean Dave (production major) won best picture.

Alex Beatty (production major) won best drama.

Daniel Barnes (production major) won audience award.

Leah Dunkel (double major in TCF production and psychology) and Cayce Savage (former CC intern) won best comedy.

Congratulations to all who participated!

International Documenting Justice Screening: Bama Theatre, 2/19

Join us for the premiere of two short documentaries filmed by UA students!

The Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at the University of Alabama invites you to join us for the Fourth International Documenting Justice Film Screening, where student films shot in Sierra Leone and China will be screened at the Bama Theatre.

International Documenting Justice is a specialized, interdisciplinary documentary filmmaking course that allows students to tell international stories of justice or injustice. Students devote two on-campus semesters and a study abroad term to learning to document and analyze the many dimensions of international cultures and social experiences through film.

This is a FREE event.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Time: 7:00pm

Documenting Justice poster.

Guest Speaker: Kelley Baker on sound design for independent films

On Monday (2/10/14) at 3pm in Phifer room 180, Kelley Baker aka The Angryfilmmaker will be giving a talk about sound design for independent films.

Kelley was a professional sound designer for many years and did the sound design work on six of Gus Van Sant’s films including “Finding Forrester,” and “Good Will Hunting.” Sound is one of the most overlooked aspects of student films but, if done right, can really add polish and value. If you are able to join us, please do!

poster for Kelley Baker visit.