Master Schedule

*Indicates simultaneous events
Saturday, October 21

Student Arrivals
12-5pm: Dewey Hall

Faculty Meeting
3:30-5:15pm: Crowley Center

Graduating Students: Thesis files drop-off
4pm: College Hall 306

Dinner
5-6:30pm: Dewey Hall

New Student Presentation Tech Check
6-7pm: Noble Lounge

7-9pm: Noble Lounge

Welcome Reception
9-11pm: Café Anna

Sunday, October 22

Submit sign-up form for Dan Schrecker's Group Session 
by 5pm: Film Commons
^Only required if you would like to show a clip (up to 3 min.) or share script pages (up to 3). Space is limited and assigned first-come, first-served. All are welcome to attend otherwise.

Yoga (optional)
7-7:40am: Geezum Crow Studio

Breakfast
7-8:30am: Dewey Hall

*Orientation for New Students 
9-10am: College Hall Chapel

*Thesis Reviews - Faculty Only
9-10:30am: College Hall 205, 206, 208

*General Welcome - All
10-10:45am: College Hall Chapel

11-11:45am: College Hall 204, 205, 206, 208

*Graduating Students: Tech Check
11am-12pm: Savoy Theater

*Lunch
12-1pm: Dewey Hall

*Faculty Lunch
12-1pm: Crowley Center

1:10-5pm: College Hall 204, 205, 206, 208

Dinner
5:30-6:30pm: Dewey Hall

Thesis Screening: Kathy Bruner
7pm: Savoy Theater

Monday, October 23

by 5pm: Film Commons

Yoga (optional)
7-7:40am: Geezum Crow Studio

Breakfast
7-8:30am: Dewey Hall

9:15-10:50am: College Hall 204, 205, 206, 208

Lunch
12-1:15pm: Dewey Hall

*Students meet with President & VP
1:30-2:30pm: College Hall Chapel

*Faculty: Presentation on FY18 Budget
1:30-2:30pm: College Hall 208

*Faculty meet with President & VP
2:30-3:30pm: College Hall 208

*New Students: Photo IDs
2:30-3pm: College Hall 205

*4th Sem Students: Bursar meeting
2:45-3pm: College Hall 103

*4th Sem Students: Commencement Planning
3-3:30pm: College Hall 103

*New Students: IT Meeting
3-3:30pm: Noble Lounge

*New Students: Library Orientation 
3:45-4:15pm: Library

*Thesis Feedback Sessions: Faculty Reviewers & Graduating Students
3:45-5:15pm: College Hall 205, 206, 208

*Small Group Sessions (for all students when free):

* Session 1 with Annie Howell 
3:45-5:15pm: Chapel Hall 204
In this session, writers developing a fiction project (short or feature) are introduced to how time affects narrative. How can the writer craft a sense of time on screen, and how does that affect structure and the way in which an audience engages? We look at several examples from recent and classic films.

* Session 2 with Dan Schrecker 
3:45-5:15pm: Noble Lounge
Have you been working with VFX or animation, or wondering what role they may play in a non-fiction or fiction project you are working on? Dan will address questions specific to students’ projects. All students are welcome to attend even if not signed up to share work.

Dinner
5:30-6:30pm: Dewey Hall

7-10pm: Savoy Theater



Tuesday, October 24

Yoga (optional)
7-7:40am: Geezum Crow Studio

Breakfast
7-8:30am: Dewey Hall

Round Table Assignments Posted
9am: by email

Lecture: Julia Solomonoff, "Script to Screen: Defining Theme, Plot Clarity, and Rhythm in NOBODY'S WATCHING"
9:15-10:45am: Noble Lounge
Julia will discuss selected scenes from Nobody's Watching - some that work and some that could be improved upon - and how the film was redefined in the editing room.

*Round Table Session I
11am-12pm: College Hall Chapel

*Graduating Students: New Alumni Meeting
11am-12pm
: Café Anna

Lunch
12:15-1:15pm: Dewey Hall

*Round Table Session II
1:30-3pm: College Hall Chapel

*Graduating Students: 2nd Tech Check, if needed
1:30-2:30pm: Savoy Theater

*Lecture: Nina Davenport, "Listen Carefully: The Documentary Interview"
3:30-5:15pm: Noble Lounge
Nina will discuss strategies and techniques for capturing the most compelling footage possible of your documentary film subjects, citing examples from a variety of filmmakers and documentary styles. How can you use your location to your advantage? What is the best camera angle and lighting? How do you create a sense of trust and intimacy with a total stranger? When should you talk and when is it best to just listen?

*Workshop: Marya Cohn, "Creating Memorable Characters"
3:30-5:15pm: College Hall 208
What makes memorable characters memorable and how do you create them? Students will explore some of the tools screenwriters use to develop rounded and compelling characters, character biographies and more.

3:30-5:15pm: College Hall 204, 205, 206

Dinner
5:30-6:30pm: Dewey Hall

7-10pm: Savoy Theater

Wednesday, October 25

by 6pm: Film Commons

Yoga (optional)
7-7:40am: Geezum Crow Studio

Breakfast
7-8:30am: Dewey Hall

Lecture: Josephine Decker, "Immersive Storytelling" 
9:15am-12pm: College Hall Chapel
Josephine will offer students a chance to explore immersive storytelling in this creation-oriented workshop. How can the camera become alive? Preluded by VR viewing experiences, the workshop will explore first-person experience in both virtual reality and 2-D cinema.

Please view VR media 
(located in the Gary Library Sat.-Thurs.) before the lecture and bring ear buds. 

Lunch
12:15-1:15pm: Dewey Hall

Nature Walk
1:30-3pm: Morse Farm

Lecture: Dan Schrecker, "The VFX of mother!" 
3:15-5:15pm: Noble Lounge
Visual Effects Supervisor Dan Schrecker will present a case study of his work on Darren Aronofsky’s mother!, tracing the development and execution of different ideas from the start of prep through the end of post. Looking at specific shots and sequences from the film, the presentation will shine a light on both the creative and technical aspects of what went into creating visual effects on this unique film. The talk will begin with a brief primer on VFX in general.

Dinner
5:30-6:30pm: Dewey Hall

7-10pm: Savoy Theater

Thursday, October 26

Yoga (optional)
7-7:40am: Geezum Crow Studio

Breakfast
7-8:30am: Dewey 
Hall

Advisor Assignments Posted
9am: via email

Academic Meetings
9-10a
m: Chapel, then Faculty offices

Lecture: Damon Davis, "Coming From Where I'm From" 
10:15-11:45am: Noble Lounge
Damon shares his work and philosophy on DIY storytelling from a non-coastal city.

*Lunch
12-1pm: Dewey 
Hall

*Faculty Lunch
12-1pm
: Crowley Center

Thesis Screening: Dan McGuire
1:15-3pm: Savoy Theater

Lecture: Alan Berliner, "The Living Laboratory" 
3:15-5:15pm: Noble Lounge
Alan Berliner will take us on a guided tour through some of the sounds, images, themes, and storytelling strategies that have helped define his filmmaking career for more than three decades. Berliner will show examples from his films that help us understand both the risks and rewards of using one’s own life as a “living laboratory,” and how and why he’s devoted his life to exploring the personal, familial, and cultural dimensions of identity, memory, aging, love, family relationships, and the fragility of the human condition.

Friday, October 27

Yoga (optional)
7-7:40am: Geezum Crow Studio

Breakfast
7-8:30am: Dewey Hall

*Academic Meetings
9am-12pm: Faculty offices
*Grad Panel for VCFA Writing & Publishing Students: "Page to Screen" (others welcome if available)
10am-12pm
: Library
Moderator: Miciah Gault, Program Director, MFA in Writing and Publishing Graduating Film students will discuss their scripts, films and writing process: where ideas come from; thoughts about audience and structure; creating characters, setting, and mood; and the revision process.

Lunch
12:15-1pm: Dewey Hall

Thesis Screenings: John Bruner, Michael Staffieri & David Alonzo
1:30-3pm: Savoy Theater

*Commencement Rehearsal
3:30-4:15pm: College Hall Chapel

*Academic Meetings
3:30-5:15pm: Faculty offices

*Dinner
5:30-6:30pm: Dewey Hall

*Faculty Dinner with Board of Directors
6-8pm: Alumni Hall

Wrap Party - byo playlist - Dancing in the Café
7:30-11:30pm: Café Anna/Gallery
Food and beverage in the Gallery.

Saturday, October 28

Yoga (optional)
7-7:40am: Geezum Crow Studio

Breakfast
7-8:30am: Dewey Hall

Academic Meetings
9
-11
am: Faculty offices

Commencement
11am-12pm: College Hall Chapel

Reception
12-1:30pm: Café Anna/Gallery

Semester Study Plans Finalized and Uploaded
by 3pm: Film Commons

Departures Begin
3pm

Dinner
5:30-6:30pm: Dewey Hall