If you have an interest in film and video production, and you want to surround yourself with students just as passionate about learning the ins and outs of the industry, then consider becoming a member of the MxCC Film Club!
“Students can get involved by simply showing up with a positive attitude ready to learn,” said Mason Rice, President of the MxCC Film Club, which is in the late stages of being made an official part of the College’s extracurricular activities. “Whether you are a cinema major, an aspiring actor, a creative writer, or you’ve had ideas floating around in your head for years that you want to get made, we offer a comfortable, relaxed, and welcoming environment.”
The club’s advisor, Professor John Shafer, was thrilled to hear student interest from Rice about getting the club off the ground. While MxCC had a video club back in the late 80s/early 90s, it had been many years since there had been enough interest to restart such an endeavor. Shafer equates the new awareness to the exciting additions to MxCC with the Center for New Media.
“We in the [Communications] department are supportive of them doing this,” said Shafer, about the club’s members. “The great thing about our department is that students have to collaborate and form connections with each other in class, and the club is a further reflection of that — where the students get to call the shots.”
Film and media production is a competitive business, and one of the club’s goals is to function like a collaborative production-like meeting. This format allows students to connect with fellow peers and industry professionals to better prepare them to enter the job field. The club gives students the freedom to mentor one another, provide hands-on workshops, discuss ongoing projects, and review and watch old and new movies or short films.
There are also plans to propose a budget to the Student Senate for the club to purchase their own supplies to be used during meetings. Currently equipment goes to students in classes as a first priority, but with their own cameras the club wouldn’t have to work around course schedules.
Rice urges students to stop by for a meeting, and while he can’t predict the future of the club, he is optimistic about growing members. “…The hope [is] for more aspiring filmmakers to come up the pike and carry this club and themselves beyond what we have simply laid the foundation for,” he said.
The MxCC Film Club meets Fridays from 12-4 p.m., Chapman Hall, Room 629 (Lower Level), in the Center for New Media. For additional information students can contact John Shafer, Coordinator of Communications/Broadcast Cinema, and advisor to the club at email@example.com.