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Columbia reevaluates film production strategy amid new state guidelines

Columbia reevaluates film production strategy amid new state guidelines

July 2, 2020

As Illinois moves into phase four of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s five-phase reopening plan, film production has resumed following a new set of required coronavirus safety guidelines published by the Illin...

Central Camera, 230 S. Wabash Ave., remains boarded up until owner Don Flesch has the means to rebuild. As of Friday, June 12 Flesch raised $200,095 of a $250,095 goal through GoFundMe.

Columbia community shares memories after fire destroys beloved Loop camera shop

June 12, 2020

Before its destruction, more than 1,000 film and digital cameras lined the walls of Central Camera, offering mere elbow space to walk through. Lenses, filters and tripods could be seen on shelves at...

Student's interactive video challenges waste disposal notions

Student’s interactive video challenges waste disposal notions

March 21, 2020

What do greasy pizza boxes, disposable coffee cups and oily takeout containers all have in common? They are often mistaken to be recyclable. According to an April 2019 survey of 2,000 Americans by Covan...

Miles, played by Daniel Radcliffe, desperately calls for help from two police officers in a still from the film.

Review: ‘Guns Akimbo,’ a neon-drenched nightmare

March 8, 2020

The camera has just spun 360 degrees around Daniel Radcliffe for what feels like the tenth time in 30 minutes and my mind, too, has been sent spinning—not because of the blazing neon lights, screwb...

Kitty Green's latest film,

‘The Assistant’s’ Kitty Green on cinematography and women in film

February 17, 2020

"The Assistant," a new drama from writer and director Kitty Green, functions as a social commentary on toxic work environments and the #MeToo movement. The film follows Jane, played by Julia Garner, thro...

Miguel Garcia (left) gives directions to Brian Healy and Rachel Kim during the commercial shoot.

Student finalists ‘pop’ in Coca-Cola commercial

February 11, 2020

On Mia Elliott’s last day producing for the film “Discontent” for her practicum course at Columbia in Fall 2019, things were finally winding down and she was looking forward to taking a break....

Review: The splendiferous ‘Birds of Prey and Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn’

February 10, 2020

While DC Comics movies have struggled in the past, they have found their footing in "Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn," a seemingly hopeful leap forward into a prom...

Orlando Pinder (left), director  for the 2019 practicum production of “Pegasus,” reviews footage on-set alongside student collaborators for the project. Practicum productions allow Cinema and Television Arts Department students to experience film sets similar to the industry before graduation, from production meetings to location scouting and set design.

Practicum film projects mimic showbiz, so don’t ‘expect a cakewalk’

January 31, 2020

The set of a practicum film at the college is fairly standard—under hot lights mounted six feet off the ground, production assistants zip through a jungle of cables, as production designers, occasio...

Columbia student veteran premieres short action film

Columbia student veteran premieres short action film

December 27, 2019

Jacob Bell was not always the film buff he is today. But that all changed after constantly watching movies in his free time during three Marine Corps deployments beginning in 2012. It was during his...

Guest Column: It’s showtime, folks—Oscar 2020 Best Picture predictions

Guest Column: It’s showtime, folks—Oscar 2020 Best Picture predictions

October 28, 2019

It’s that glitzy time of year again when actors and directors are traveling the globe, doing junket after junket for their press tours to promote their latest films, all while trying to keep their na...

REVIEW: 'Joker,' the comedy of life's tragedy

REVIEW: ‘Joker,’ the comedy of life’s tragedy

October 9, 2019

What do you get when you cross an actor committed to bringing his interpretation of arguably the most iconic comic book villain to life with a society that's grown anxious of real-world events being...

Jazmin Bryant, a cinema art and science major, produced the Hollywood-bound film “A Wolf Comes at Night” in a Columbia practicum course.

‘A Wolf Comes at Night’ goes to Hollywood

September 29, 2019

One night, on a small ranch in 1980s Illinois, two children and their grandfather are forced to defend their livelihood as a wolf wreaks havoc on the family farm. Directed by 2018 cinema art and science a...

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