It used to be the case for filmmakers that the primary means of connecting with other members of the industry was through attending meet-ups and cold-calling agents and studios. With the advent of large web platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, aspiring filmmakers have more options than ever to connect with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Continue reading Networking in the Age of Social Media
Last Wednesday the JPCatholic Class of 2018 celebrated their upcoming graduation at Dr. Connolly’s home with current faculty and staff at the annual Senior Dinner. They shared light Hors D’Oeuvres, drinks, and fond words and quips about their three years at school. Continue reading Class of 2018 Celebrates Graduation Early
A group from the Project Management class has successfully attracted performers for the upcoming Battle of the Bands this Saturday, June 2nd, at 7:00pm in the school Soundstage, and contestants look promising. Continue reading Battle of the Bands
This Sunday, the 23rd, the Ultimate Club is hosting an event at Coronado beach at 1:30pm, where students will play Ultimate Frisbee and have an outside fire and barbecue with burgers, roasted potatoes, watermelon, and more. Continue reading Beach Ultimate in Coronado
Senior Lexi Lovetere has worked with teachers and independently to cultivate her talents in production design, despite JPCatholic not offering a major or emphasis in that area. She has worked hard to cultivate her artistic talents on numerous films including Playing Ourselves, My Names Are, Dead of Night, and Choice. Continue reading Designing Her Own Education
As principle photography for senior thesis projects Dead and Playing Ourselves wraps, cast and crew reflect on the teamwork which allowed inconveniences of the shoots to be overcome.
Continue reading Overcoming Obstacles on Senior Projects
Rap Collective, Bregma, works with freshman film student Gabriel Zanoff to film music videos for the up-and-coming group.
Continue reading Rap Group Works with JPCatholic Freshman
Last Fall, senior Production student Nicolas Alayo submitted a script to be considered for this year’s senior thesis films. “I was only aware of the types of projects that had been greenlit in the past, but I didn’t really use that as a guideline, I wanted to write something that was more ‘me’ – something I’d be proud and enthusiastic to put hours and hours of my time into.” A follow-up email two weeks later informed him that the project was a “go.” What made his script a good candidate for senior projects? Nicolas conceded, “I have no idea.” Continue reading Approved or Rejected? Criteria for Senior Film Projects
Shooting in Los Angeles during spring break, JPCatholic students joined crew members and a creator of the CBS show Criminal Minds to work on a director’s reel for the shows post production supervisor. Continue reading JPCatholic Meets Criminal Minds
JPCatholic senior Julius Medrano is developing a series of talks for his Senior Practicum in New Evangelization providing insights on a number of topics through different media outlets. Continue reading Real Talk with Julius Medrano
The Academy Awards crowned The Shape of Water Best Picture earlier this month. While Hollywood has praised this film, it has received mixed reviews around campus. Continue reading The Shape of Water—Best Picture?
This past weekend, Men of the Fiat, with the help of SOUL, hosted a “Binaural Passion Play”, the first of its kind at JPCatholic. Proposed by Men of the Fiat member Patrick Lynch, the household decided it was a perfect event for the lenten season. Continue reading Experiencing the Passion Through Sound
JPCatholic household Theta Chi Rho paid homage to The Passion of Christ over the past week with a talk from Father John Bartunek, a priest who was on set for the movie. Continue reading On Set of ‘The Passion of the Christ’
JPCatholic students and almuni attended Sundance Film Festival and the annual American Society of Cinematographers Open House Event to network with those who work in the media world.
Four students from JP Catholic’s MBA Film program, Gabe Moore, JJ Schindler, Vince Salerno, and Mary Pelchat, attended the Sundance Film Festival. They were provided tickets through the Windrider Institute, a Christian group which supports Christians in the film industry, particularly students. Professor Tom Dunn, Chair of the Communication Media program at JP Catholic University, was particular about which students would attend. “Since this was JP Catholic’s first year attending, we weren’t sure what to expect. We wanted to make sure the students got the most out of the workshop, but could also contribute strongly to the event. With this parameter in mind, we chose 4 students who had completed their undergraduate degrees here at JP Catholic.” Because these students have been fully immersed in JP Catholic’s curriculum and mission, Professor Dunn knew “they [the students chosen] already had a strong background in story and in discussions.” Dunn expressed interest in expanding the number of students attending the festival next year. Continue reading Students Network at Sundance and ASC Open House
Maria Andres is a recent graduate of John Paul the Great Catholic University with a double emphasis of Film Production and Acting. Through hard work, networking, and dedication, she became the Marketing and Production Coordinator at DML Film. Continue reading Working Hard or Hardly Working
Andrew Ascough, Sophomore and Communications Media major at JPCatholic, will spend the rest of this winter quarter interning and working for the Pro-life movement back at his home in Ireland. Continue reading Impacting Ireland for Christ
by Renee Montalvo A few weeks ago, about 160 people gathered at JPCatholic to watch the school’s annual theatrical production. This winter’s show was Our Town by Thornton Wilder. The play took place the weekend of November 30th – December 3rd with four showings in the school’s soundstage. The audience included family members of the cast, faculty, students, and several members of the local community. Our … Continue reading Life in Grover’s Corners
Professor George Simon, full-time faculty member and production manager at JPCatholic, founded the school’s first filmmaking club. He launched the club in the hopes of allowing “students to create awesome films [and]…to create an environment for them to do that”. Continue reading First Rule of Film Club is: You Do Not Talk About Film Club
On October 29th, JPCatholic students and alumni came together to support the school’s filmmakers at the Annual Halloween Film Festival. Students behind the films gave insight into their experience on set. Continue reading Behind The Screams: Halloween Film Festival
JPCatholic alumni J.J. Schindler and Vince Salerno knew they had walked into the right place at the right time when they were unexpectedly approached on the street and invited to star in a public service announcement created by an Emmy-award winning director from San Diego. Continue reading JPCatholic Students Star in Emmy Award-Winning PSA