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Film Students Travel to ‘Endor’ to Shoot ‘Star Wars’ Fan Film

–By Denis Grasska — (Originally published in The Southern Cross) SAN DIEGO — During the first day of production on his most recent film, Preston Yarger was concerned for the well-being of his cast and crew. “It was 40 degrees and raining all day long, and everyone was soaked to the bone and just completely shivering,” the 21-year-old recalled. But as it turned …

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What do Rap & Country Music Have in Common?

This clip was part of a larger discussion, in which Dr. Peterson expressed his views on the similarities between country and rap music. He explained that while traditionally both genres shared their experiences of hardships, now many current artists in rap and country are faced with the pressure to prove they are still authentic despite having money. To see Dr. Peterson’s full …

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An Inside Look at Film Production: Advice from Alcon Executives

(Pictured: Alcon Entertainment is set to release Blade Runner 2049 in October, 2017.  Blade Runner 2049 is a sequel to the 1982 Blade Runner Film.) The following article is part of a reflection from the “Hollywood Mentor Series.” Through the Hollywood Mentor Series students in JPCatholic’s MBA in Film Producing program get the opportunity to meet and network with a variety of top executives …

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Christians in Hollywood: Advice from a Film Company CEO

(Pictured: Origin Entertainment is set to release a film on Mother Teresa titled I Thirst, that focuses on her early days in Calcutta and her struggle to create a worldwide movement to help the poorest of the poor. Other projects for Origin Entertainment include the films Fatima and Mary.) The following article is part of a reflection from the “Hollywood Mentor Series.” Through the …

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The Work-Life Balance in Filmmaking

In this bonus clip from our Faculty Insights Interview, filmmaker Nathan Scoggins discusses keeping a work life balance in the film industry. To see our entire interview with Professor Scoggins click here. Click here for a bonus clip on “Evoking Emotions through Film” Click here for a bonus clip on “The Power of Super Hero Stories”

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Family and Heartbreak: ‘This Is Us’ Review

— By Carly Twehous — Randall is a moderately successful lawyer, with a wife, two daughters, and an estranged, terminally ill biological father who’s now living in the guest bedroom. Kevin is the dreamer of improbable dreams, whose face is plastered on every billboard across America, but loses a piece of his soul every time he steps in front of …

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Evoking Emotions Through Film

In this bonus clip, Professor Nathan Scoggins discusses the filmmaking techniques he uses as a director to leave his audience with a sense of hope. To watch the entire Faculty Insights Interview with Professor Scoggins click here.

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An Open Discussion on Fan-Fiction

(This is the first in a series of articles, in which JPCatholic student Carly Twehous discusses erotic written pornography, specifically fan-fiction. Through these articles Carly will explore the dangers, addiction, history, and statistics related to this type of fan-fiction and its harmful effects on our culture. Carly is also working on a documentary on this subject.) Part One: A Brief and …

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The Power of Super Hero Stories

In this bonus clip from our Faculty Insights Interview, filmmaker Nathan Scoggins discusses the role that stories play in bringing good news to audiences, specifically super-hero movies. To watch the entire Faculty Insights Interview with Professor Nathan Scoggins click here. If you like super hero movies, click here to read our review of the new superhero movie Logan.

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The Challenges of Parenthood: ‘Gifted’ Review

(2017—Director: Marc Webb) ★★★ (out of 5 stars)   Parenthood is difficult, especially on where a parent should steer their young children, given the talents they have begun to show. Do parents raise their children in a conventional way or do they throttle them towards the first talent they recognize or one that runs in the family? Is the correct …