[Frameworks] film vs digital

From: Joan Hawkins (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Dec 15 2010 - 17:00:29 PST

Dear Frameworkers, I have spent two months trying to get approval for a
concentration in film production in our
dept. Another dept that's invested in digital production has been raising
objections, seeing this as an encroachment on their territory.
Now, we already teach the film (16 mm) classes; we're just trying to get an
actual notation on the students' transcripts saying they've completed a
cycle of 4 production courses.

 I just came home from the most exhausting meeting with two deans and the
other dept's chair trying to explain why"film" really means film and is not
just some catch-all term for all modes of production. I kept explaining
that the students work in 16 mm , they have to send their film to a lab for
processing, that their projects sometimes are ruined, that the Digital
group's students always mess up their first projects because we AREN'T using
the same cameras etc etc until I felt as though my head were going to

And then my digital counterpart told me that no matter what medium the
students were working in, it all came down to lengthy projects that tell a
story and follow a narrative arc.
Ye Gods! Sorry, but I had to rant and the poor cat has already gone into
hiding for the night.

Joan Hawkins
Associate Professor and Director of Film and Media Studies
Indiana University
Dept of Communication and Culture
800 E. Third St
Bloomington, IN 47405
office phone 812-855-1548

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