Category: TCF News & Notes

Professor Nick Corrao and Alabama Art Seen

Nick Corrao and his students.
Nick Corrao and his students.

TCF Professor Nick Corrao and his students are featured in a UA Dialog article about their on-going documentary series on Alabama artists, Alabama Art Seen:

The state of Alabama is home to an ever-expanding community of artisans and performers, and part of Nicholas Corrao’s mission is to shine a spotlight on them.

Corrao, an instructor in the department of telecommunication and film, recently received a grant from the Alabama Council on the Arts to assist with the production of “Alabama Art Seen,” a program Corrao and his students produce for WVUA-TV, focusing on the arts in Alabama.

“The show is valuable in that it profiles artists living and working in Alabama,” Corrao said. “It’s not only a great resource for the public to see what’s happening in their state – and hopefully we’re introducing them to some things they didn’t know are happening – it’s also a great promotional tool, both for the state and the artists themselves.”

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TCF Prof. Matthew Payne on “Critical War Play”

TCF faculty member Matthew Payne’s “Critical War Play” is the lead article in Communication Currents, the newsletter of the National Communication Association. Dr. Payne’s essay is distilled from an article published earlier this year in Critical Studies in Media Communication.

Payne, M. T. (2014, December). Critical war play. Communication Currents, 9(6).

Payne, M. T. (2014). War bytes: The critique of militainment in Spec Ops: The Line. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 31, 265-282.

Two TCF Majors Develop Fight Choreography for Film

TCF majors Kevin and Calvin M. Ross were recently featured in the Crimson White:

About 10 years ago in the gymnasium of Liberty Middle School in Madison, Alabama, Kevin and Calvin M. Ross were doing more pull-ups than most of their classmates, running at two of the quickest speeds for their mile runs and playing on the school’s basketball team.

Now, as college seniors, the Ross twins do flips off the steps of Gorgas Library while finding the best camera angle to complement their martial-arts-inspired fight choreography. The two are pursuing degrees in Telecommunication and Film with the hopes of doing stunt work and eventually producing their own action films.

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Butler analyzes TV shot length trends in new issue of Cinema Journal

Shot Logger screen shot
Shot Logger iIllustration from article.

In an article just published in Cinema Journal, TCF faculty member Jeremy Butler examines what statistical analyses of shot length can tell us about TV editing.

Butler, Jeremy G. “Statistical Analysis of Television Style: What Can Numbers Tell Us About TV Editing?” Cinema Journal 54, no. 1 (Fall 2014), 25-45.

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