Projects

UIUC Student Film Fest 2021
Media & Cinema Studies Project
The UIUC Student Film Festival is an annual celebration of the creativity and diversity of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign filmmaking communities. Each spring, students in MACS 464: Film Festivals learn the history, functions, and value of film festivals, and then gain experience… Read More
MACS 370 "Phillies" project
Media & Cinema Studies Project
In MACS 370: Cinematography and Sound Design, students had to build a strategy, a production plan, and a shooting plan for a movie that they write at the beginning of the semester, which is based on a famous painting.  "They have to imagine a story that could happen, ending in that specific frame… Read More
Video still
Media & Cinema Studies Project
In Spring 2020, seniors in MACS 480: Advanced Filmmaking, taught by Victor Font, lecturer in media and cinema studies, collaborated with a Department of Theatre class (Acting for the Camera). Unfortunately, as the pandemic unfolded, students had to halt filming in their second day of production,… Read More
True False Film Feset
Media & Cinema Studies Project
Each spring, students in MACS 295 gain experiential learning by attending True/False: A Film Festival Experience, held in Columbia, Missouri. Students learn about evolving cinematic approaches, and attend documentary panels, events with filmmakers, and film screenings. In 2020, the class saw a… Read More
MACS 496 op-doc
Media & Cinema Studies Project
In Fall 2019, students in MACS 496: Advanced Media Practicum, taught by Assistant Professor Derek Long in collaboration with Illinois Public Media, worked in teams to create three 10-minute opinionated documentaries (op-docs), which you can watch below. The students created a production collective… Read More
MACS 323 view clip
Media & Cinema Studies Project
Students in MACS 323: Cinematography & Sound Design, taught by media and cinema studies lecturer Victor Font, created this video for Thanksgiving. In it, they imagine what series of events led up to the famous Normal Rockwell painting Freedom from Want (see below).  Through making this video,… Read More
Illinifest
Media & Cinema Studies Project
Submissions are now being accepted for the 2019 Illinifest student film festival, which is produced, programmed, and curated by University of Illinois students. The fest welcomes student productions in any form: Short narratives, documentary, experimental films, video essays, and animation are all… Read More
Roma poster
Media & Cinema Studies Project
The College of Media's 2019 Ebert Fellows (announced here)—Eunice Alpasan (journalism), Pari Apostolakos (journalism), and Curtis Cook (media and cinema studies major)—convened at Chicago Public Radio and WBEZ-FM in January to record a podcast review of Alfonso Cuaron's film Roma. They worked with … Read More
student directing
Media & Cinema Studies Project
We present the College of Media's year-end video, created by students in our media and cinema studies class "Media Production I," taught by Victor Font.  To create this video, we enlisted the help of about 300 students, faculty, staff, and friends to join us for #MediaOnTheQuad as extras in the… Read More