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Annual Screening adds Scholarship Prize for Best Picture award

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A generous contribution from an anoymous donor will lead to a scholarship prize for this year’s top filmmakers at the annual Commotion Pictures Screening. The 2019 Audience Award for Best Picture, a prize voted on at the conclusion of the screening, will come with a $500 scholarship prize for the top film as decided by those in attendance. “We’re really appreciative of …

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3rd Annual Red Carpet Screening Announced

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The UConn Department of Communication has announced the 3rd Annual Commotion Pictures Screening and Red Carpet event, scheduled forThursday, May 9th.  Once again, the event will take place in partnership with UCONN Hartford at the Spotlight Theatre downtown.  Complete details and teaser trailer have been posted on the 2019 Screening Event Page.

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COMM 4940 Relaunches as Narrative Digital Video Production

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The New Year rings in with a new version of an existing course in Multimedia Production. COMM 4940 has been relaunched as Narrative Digital Video Production, focusing entirely on the creation of fictional narrative media. The course will run for the first time in its new form in the Spring, 2019 semester. Previously, COMM 4940 was an overarching advanced course …

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Newest faculty member brings background in merging production, research in the classroom.

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The Department of Communication has added a new faculty member whose teaching focus spans the curriculum. Sara Stifano (Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 2016) joins the department as an Assistant Professor in Residence teaching interpersonal communication and multimedia production. Stifano will begin teaching in the department for the Spring, 2019 semester. A native of Kentucky, Stifano began her academic career at …

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New Web Site Launches for Production Program

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The new web site for the Multimedia Production sequence has launched, helping to bring together the Department of Communication’s creative and curricular work in multimedia. Commproduction.com provides resources for current and prospective students, a space for news and multimedia events, and a home for Commotion Pictures projects (known as The Screening Room.) “We designed the new site to be something …

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Fall, 2018 Student Showcase moves to Arjona

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The Student Showcase returns for the Fall semester, but this time with a new location: The Arjona building, the home of the department of Communication. Each semester, the showcase features student projects and research from a variety of courses in poster and exhibition format. This term, a multimedia gallery of photography projects from COMM 2940 (Fundamentals of Digital Production) will …

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Lectures Further Connect Production, Department’s Basic Course

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The 2018-19 academic year once again saw adjustments to the department’s basic course, COMM 1000, The Process of Communication. This year, one of the focuses in tweaking the course curriculum was to bring multimedia production principles into the classroom. Two new lectures – Visual Communication and Professional Communication – were added to the course, which serves over 600 students per …

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New Course Tackles Documentary in Detail

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As the latest course to roll out of the multimedia production sequence, COMM 4941 hit the ground running this Fall with a lot of ground to cover. Nonfiction Digital Video Production keeps its focus squarely on documentary media and the various techniques and approaches that make such work successful. Taught by Steve Stifano, the course walks students through the creation …