Dr. Scahill's "From Literature to Film" Maymester course was honored to welcome comic book author Sean Benner (West of Oz) and artist Jorge Corona (Middlewest) to class for a Q&A. This year's course is centered around adaptations of L. Frank Baum's book The Wizard of Oz, and both Benner and Corona's comics offer original and inspiring takes on the Ozified narrative. Jorge Corona was previously nominated for an Eisner Award (comic book's version of the Oscars) for his work on
Dr. Scahill's Intro to Film class held a Skype Q&A with Sam Stewart, Senior Digital Paint Artist at Industrial Light and Magic. A division of LucasFilm, ILM was responsible for a revolution in special effects with the release of Star Wars in 1977, and continues to be a major driving force in the world of VFX. Prof. Scahill's Intro to Film students, many of whom are in the animation program here at CU Denver, were excited to gain insight from an industry leader. Stewart took a
Students in Dr. Scahill's "Studies in Censorship" class presented their original research on the very timely topic of art censorship on Wednesday, May 2 in the Auraria Library. By presenting their works-in-progress in a public forum, students considering graduate study were able to experience a conference format in a supportive environment.
The topics included literature as well as film, and the issues concerning political dissent, sexuality, public space, and free speech p
Director Anna Rose Holmer answered questions via Skype for Prof. Andrew Scahill's Intro to Film class as they considered the role of art cinema and subjective narrative in filmmaking. Her award-winning film The Fits offers a dreamy, lyrical portrait of young Toni navigating the space between childhood and adolescence as members of her dance troupe are struck by mysterious seizures and fits. In this clip, Holmer discusses the film's unique visual style and the wide range of in
On Wednesday, November 2, the composer of Mad Max: Fury Road, Junkie XL (Tom Holkenberg), talked via Skype with Dr. Andrew Scahill's Introduction to Film class from his production studio in Los Angeles. Holkenberg is an award-winning and prolific film artist who began his career as a trance DJ and transitioned into film scoring for blockbuster films such as Divergent, Amazing Spiderman 2, Deadpool, and Batman vs. Superman. His background as a classically-trained pianist and a