Michael Murphy Spends Spring Semester 2012 in Ireland
Michael Murphy is presently in Ireland, where he has been working on several projects under the auspices of the Fulbright Commission. His grant to work at University College Cork allows him to explore film and performance in live theatre; particularly through the work of Samuel Beckett. During his time Michael has performed Beckett's "Krapp's Last Tape", created the video design for a graduate project, "Hell Is…"(a mash-up of "Waiting for Godot" and "Dante's Inferno" with a bit of Sartre's "No Exit" thrown in) and built a media/performance installation, "Sleepwalker", in collaboration with UCC colleague Roisin O'Gorman and Cork actress Mairin Prendergast. Sleepwalker is the first in a series of installations exploring the potential of film and live performance to access a portal memory and the present. The work presents two women--one present in the space and one on film. Who they are to each other is a creation of the relationship between on-stage and in-film actions and reactions. The spark of the past comes alive in the present moment as each woman tries to resolve a critical point in their life. The project will expand when Michael returns to Missoula as he casts a third woman to enter the narrative. "Sleepwalker" will premiere in Missoula in January of 2013 as part of a series of installations based on the collaborative explorations undertaken by Michael and newly hired Theatre faculty member, Bernadette Sweeney. Murphy and Sweeney have also secured the right to make a full-length film of "Krapp's Last Tape". This is a rare opportunity for UM artists to work on an international level creating a work for which permission is rarely granted.
More production pictures from Murphy's time in Ireland can be found on our facebook here.
Media Arts Minor Now Online!
Students can now get a minor in the Media Arts program completely online! Hooray!
Twigg Goes To Germany!
This March, professor Greg Twigg, was invited by Volkswagen to fly to Germany for 10 days. Twigg was the graphics designer for locally directed film, "The Bus", working on the promotional visual aspects, creating the website, and motion graphics for the film. "The Bus" is a documentary film exploring the history, evolution and cultural significance of the VW Bus. Film director Damon Ristau, Twigg, and one other flew to Germany to be honored by Volkswagen themselves, giving "The Bus" a European press screening to celebrate the most iconic vehicle ever produced.
For more information about The Bus, check out their website
The Missoulian Talks with Greg Twigg and Ben Malouf on the Departments new 3D Printer, "The MakerBot Thing-O-Matic"
The Missoulian payed the Media Arts Department a visit to check out the departments cutting edge 3D printer. Twigg talks about how the 3D printer offers students a chance to discover a whole new world by stepping away from the digital interface and experiment with making their designs in the physical. To get the full story check the article out at http://missoulian.com/news/local/um-media-arts-program-experiments-with-cutting-edge--d/article_1c5be79e-591b-11e1-a4b5-0019bb2963f4.html
Documentary On the Making of Andrew Smith's "Winter in the Blood" Premieres February 25th
As part of a unique Longhouse Media internship program, Visionary Insight follows the adventures of eight Native American interns from across the West as they embark on their first feature filmmaking experience (crewing on Andrew & Alex Smith’s adaptation of James Welch’s WINTER IN THE BLOOD). In their quest, they discover the mystery of the Montana Hi-Line, the strength of the regions people and the hard realities of working on a film set.
Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion/Q & Awith Tracy Rector, Lou Karsen, Alex &
Andrew Smith, and several of the featured interns,as well as UM School of Media Arts students who worked on the film. A trailer of the feature film will also be shown.
Tickets for the screening available at the Wilma Theater, or at: http://www.bigskyfilmfest.org/
Amber Bushnell as Art Director for New YouTube Channel
Adjunct instructor, Amber Busnhell has started an exciting new full-time job in October as the Art Director for a new studio in town called VMPSP. The studio produces graphics for a YouTube Science channel featuring Hank Green (from YouTube's "Vlog Brothers" and creator of "Truth or Fail").
The studio here in town will be making Biology "101" content as well as Science News, and Current Science Events. The SciShow channel released it's channel announcement on December 2nd and will officially start uploading new videos this January. The channel is found here http://www.youtube.com/scishow#p/a/u/0/ZBpOYnP72RU which features the design and logo made by Amber herself.
The SciShow's channel is one among many funded by YouTubes new project to create an alternative to cable television on the Internet. Youtube is creating dozens of channels featuring comedians, sports stars, musicians, to other entertainers of all kinds. Hank Green and the SciShow with Amber's keen eye for artistic excellence make this channel a one of a kind fun experience for learning about science
Jason Gutzmer in Pre-Production Planning for "1,000 Buddahs in Indian Country"
Adjunct instructor, Jason Gutzmer is in pre production for his upcoming Documentary "1,000 Buddha's in Indian Country". The film will tell the story of how the Buddha Garden came to be in Arlee, MT and give both sides to the ironically controversial situation between the locals and those who are drawn to make the pilgrimage the peaceful landmark. The film seeks to discover whether the dream of the garden will bring healing to the land of the people.
For more information on the garden visit, http://www.ewam.org/