Category: TCF Students

TCF Contributes to Tribute to Alabama Coal Miners

Dr. Rachel Raimist and several TCF students have been working in recent weeks to film and produce videos for the Tribute to Alabama Coal Miners at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. Students were safety trained to film at outside Mine #4 in Brookwood.

The event featured former Alabama and NFL player Siran Stacy, The Lamb Family Violin Ensemble, blues singer Carroline Shines, the Shelton State Singers and Holt’s Second Baptist Church Mass Choir.

Center for Public Television Internships

As the Fall 2011 semester begins, the University of Alabama Center for Public Television is seeking applications from students who are interested in working in television production. Both paid and non-paying internship positions are open for application at this time.

For over 50 years, the Center for Public Television has produced programs for broadcast on Alabama Public Television. In addition, the center has recently made a commitment to produce several weekly series for the University’s TV stations, WVUA and WUOA.

Public television projects under production include the weekly series, Bookmarkand Discovering Alabama as well as individual documentary topics. Projects for WVUA/WUOA include The Iron Bowl Hour, a new weekly series to premiere on Friday, September 2nd and a weekly series with the working title Capstone Magazine which will premiere later this fall.

Available position include:

  • On-Camera Talent
  • Assistant Producer
  • Editor

To apply, download the application and submit it to the Center for Public Television.

For more information about student positions, contact Mike Letcher at 205-348-6210, or e-mail mletcher {at}

TCF TV Pilot Selected by the New York Television Festival

We’re proud to also announce that TCF-student TV pilot Re-Committed has been officially selected to be a part of the New York Television Festival’s Independent Pilot Competition! This festival is the premiere television festival in the country, with many of the major broadcast and cable networks sponsoring the event. From the press release:

With the most submissions in the history of the Independent Pilot Competition – up 40% from last year – the quality of the entries keeps getting better and better, and the TV industry has taken note,” said NYTVF Founder and Executive Director Terence Gray. “We are thrilled to be in a position to offer the Official Selections access to over 50 key players in the industry, and believe that there is arguably no better way for up and coming, independent creatives to connect with key decision makers at networks and studios than by participating in the Festival. In fact, our partners have upped the ante in 2011, guaranteeing 12 development deals via the IPC and our additional contests and competitions, up from three in 2010.

Of the 48 selections, only 3 are student submissions, the other two being a pilot from Chapman University (with budget of $12,000) and a pilot done by USC (Southern Cal) graduate students. It feels good to see the University of Alabama right up there with them, and other non-student produced independent pilots. Re-Committed is now competing on both coasts!

NYTVF IPC selection press release:–93un-gLfx36

NYTVF website:

TCF Student Film to be Shown at ITVfest

The TCF student film, Re-Committed (a comedy pilot) will be show in the ITVfest in Los Angeles on August 5, 2011.

More details and ticket-ordering info:


Jamal Anderson is a delusional teenager. His intensely whimsical daydreams often intrude on reality, disrupting his everyday life. After some time off, his psychiatrist has decided that the best treatment is to re-enroll Jamal in a local high school, but Jamal has to learn to adjust to his new surroundings. With the help of his best (imaginary) friend Bo, Jamal navigates the tricky new world around him.

Tornado Recovery

A powerful tornado struck Tuscaloosa on April 27, 2011. The campus was largely undamaged, but areas just south of campus — especially along 15th Street — were devastated.

All TCF faculty members have been accounted for and are safe. All TCF Master’s graduate students have also been contacted and are okay, but some have had their homes damaged. We do not have information on all of the TCF undergraduates, but we know some have lost their homes and possessions.

There are a number of ways you can assist with the relief effort:

Do you need help?

Are you a UA faculty/staff member or student who suffered a financial hardship due to the tornado? UA’s Acts of Kindness Fund may be able to help you. Information on how to apply is available here.

TCF Student Wins Scholarship for 3D Tornado Film

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – University of Alabama New College/Telecommunication and Film media production student Xavier Burgin, a senior from Columbus, Miss., was awarded a $5,000 scholarship as winner of the inaugural 3D Movie Award at the Campus MovieFest International Grand Finale, held June 23-26 in Hollywood, Calif.

“Portrait of the Storm” provided an up-close look at the tornado that swept through Tuscaloosa on April 27 and included personal accounts from survivors as scenes of the devastation filled the screen.

“I wanted to make this because this is something the media will talk about for a few months and then move on,” Burgin said. “People start forgetting what happened, but this is still going on. It’s sort of what we’ve seen happen in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. And I felt like Alabama and Tuscaloosa especially will at some point have that same problem, so I wanted to bring attention to this plight. Stuff is still happening, we are still rebuilding, and it will be some time before we get back to what we were before.”

Burgin originally won Best Drama for his movie “Bottom of a Glass” at The University of Alabama’s local Campus MovieFest competition in February. His movie competed for awards at the international level, and Burgin, a member of Campus MovieFest’s Distinguished Filmmakers Network (DFN), was offered the opportunity to use a Panasonic 3D camera to enter the first ever student 3D film festival hosted by Campus MovieFest, Panasonic and the International 3D Society (I3DS).

Burgin pitched his original 3D film idea of doing a narrative to the CMF 3D Review Team in early April, but after the tornado hit in Tuscaloosa on April 27, he spoke with the CMF staff and changed his film topic. UA Studio Art student Sumerlin Brandon composed an original score for the film, which will be part of a tornado documentary being prepared by a group of students under the direction of TCF professor Dr. Rachel Raimist.

“The fact that this project was the first-place winner, out of 50 CMF teams selected to compete, is not surprising,” Raimist said. “Xavier told a compelling story with beautifully shot imagery. He merged the strength of 3D (showing dimensionality and depth) with camera movement (achieved using TCF equipment). He borrowed a TCF Glidetrack, a tripod with a tripod head seated atop a sliding rod that you push slowly, to achieve short tracking shots and maximized his ability to take the audience inside the story. Who has ever seen some intimate images of destruction? Who has been so closely and visually inside the aftermath of such a powerful storm? By layering personal narratives through voice-over, with powerful imagery and a beautifully haunting soundtrack, Xavier produced a film that deserved to win.”

“Bottom of a Glass” also competed in the Best Drama category. Other team members were Rene Gromotka, a sophomore from Stuttgart, Germany, majoring in mechanical engineering; and Joe Will Field, a sophomore from Tuscaloosa.

Several other students were awarded top honors at the 2011 Campus MovieFest finale including the teams who created the comedy “Sugarbaby” and the clay animation movie “Blue Barry.”

“Sugarybaby” was honored as a Top 5 Comedy and as one of the Top 28 films out of hundreds at the finale. Students who worked on the film “Sugarbaby” include Andrew Carey, a May 2011 graduate from Mobile who majored in telecommunication and film; Micah Russell, a senior from Huntsville majoring in telecommunications and film; Hamilton Henson, a senior from Toney majoring in telecommunications and film; Kayla Terry, a May 2011 graduate from Tuscaloosa who majored in public relations; and Christopher Dumas, a senior from Mobile majoring in theatre.

“Blue Barry,” was also honored as one of the Top 28 films at the finale. Students who worked on the film “Blue Barry” include Thomas Coiner, a senior from Nixo, Mo., majoring in telecommunication and film; and Sarah Selleck, a senior from Hoover, majoring in nursing.

“I am very proud of all of the TCF media production students who compete in Campus Movie Fest,” Raimist said. “I get excited when TCF students compete in CMF. I see them put the theory and methods that we teach through classroom exercises to the test. I see the students work hard and collaboratively, and I see them make deadlines.”

Campus MovieFest, the world’s largest student film festival, brought together hundreds of students from 75 universities worldwide to compete for Best Picture, Comedy, Drama, Wild Card Audience Choice, Golden Tripod Awards and the first event CMF 3D Award.

The Ferguson Center and Campus MovieFest have partnered together for four years to bring the world-renowned Campus MovieFest student film festival to The University of Alabama campus. The Ferguson Center staff promotes CMF on campus and serves as the location for equipment drop-off and pick up as well as the site for the red carpet finale where the top films on campus are announced.

Money for travel to the International Grand Finale was provided to students by the Ferguson Center, Creative Campus Initiative and the Blount Undergraduate Initiative.