Projects

CORNIs MACS 150 screening
Media & Cinema Studies Project
Students in MACS 150: Introduction to Digital Media Production, taught by Derek Long, assistant professor of media and cinema studies, celebrated their final work of the spring semester at an in-class awards ceremony called the "CORNIs," where students received Camera Operators' Registry of Note… Read More
Popcorn at UIUC Student Film Fest
Media & Cinema Studies Project
Students in MACS 464: Film Festivals organized the first in-person festival since the pandemic caused the class to move the annual event online two years ago. The UIUC Student Film Festival, held April 30 in the Knight Auditorium at Spurlock Museum, drew 200+ attendees in person and 200+ views on… Read More
Students on set at IPM
Media & Cinema Studies Project
This spring, students in MACS 480: Advanced Filmmaking are producing a live action short film called “The Goji Project,” written and directed by advertising senior Lincoln Rogers. Watch the final video. The class, led by Victor Font, lecturer in media and cinema studies, built a dorm room set… Read More
UIUC Student Film Fest 2021
Media & Cinema Studies Project
The UIUC Student Film Festival is an annual celebration of the creativity and diversity of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign filmmaking communities. Each spring, students in MACS 464: Film Festivals learn the history, functions, and value of film festivals, and then gain experience… Read More
MACS 370 "Phillies" project
Media & Cinema Studies Project
In MACS 370: Cinematography and Sound Design, students had to build a strategy, a production plan, and a shooting plan for a movie that they write at the beginning of the semester, which is based on a famous painting.  "They have to imagine a story that could happen, ending in that specific frame… Read More
Video still
Media & Cinema Studies Project
In Spring 2020, seniors in MACS 480: Advanced Filmmaking, taught by Victor Font, lecturer in media and cinema studies, collaborated with a Department of Theatre class (Acting for the Camera). Unfortunately, as the pandemic unfolded, students had to halt filming in their second day of production,… Read More
True False Film Feset
Media & Cinema Studies Project
Each spring, students in MACS 295 gain experiential learning by attending True/False: A Film Festival Experience, held in Columbia, Missouri. Students learn about evolving cinematic approaches, and attend documentary panels, events with filmmakers, and film screenings. In 2020, the class saw a… Read More
MACS 496 op-doc
Media & Cinema Studies Project
In Fall 2019, students in MACS 496: Advanced Media Practicum, taught by Assistant Professor Derek Long in collaboration with Illinois Public Media, worked in teams to create three 10-minute opinionated documentaries (op-docs), which you can watch below. The students created a production collective… Read More
MACS 323 view clip
Media & Cinema Studies Project
Students in MACS 323: Cinematography & Sound Design, taught by media and cinema studies lecturer Victor Font, created this video for Thanksgiving. In it, they imagine what series of events led up to the famous Normal Rockwell painting Freedom from Want (see below).  Through making this video,… Read More
Illinifest
Media & Cinema Studies Project
Submissions are now being accepted for the 2019 Illinifest student film festival, which is produced, programmed, and curated by University of Illinois students. The fest welcomes student productions in any form: Short narratives, documentary, experimental films, video essays, and animation are all… Read More