An update from Dr. Mark Kerins, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Morrison-McGinnis Residential Community:

As the academic year winds down, we’re still as busy as ever prepping for next year – lots to do before we head into the summer!

Big news this week (as usual, news first posted via Twitter @MoMacRC) is that we now have a full complement of four Faculty Affiliates (FAs) on board for the fall, which was the last piece of our team to come together. I’m really pumped about the people we have: not only are they great faculty whom I think our students will love having involved with MoMac, but they come from disciplines all across the university, so hopefully all our residents can find some common interests with at least one of them.

Joining us as FAs this fall will be (in alphabetical order by first name, just to change things up since our Twitter post was ordered by last name – next time I’ll have to go by department…):

  • Darryl Dickson-Carr, English
  • Jodi Cooley, Physics
  • Joe Kobylka, Political Science
  • Scott Norris, Mathematics
FA Carr

Darryl Dickson-Carr, English

FA Cooley

Jodi Cooley, Physics

FA Kobylka

Joe Kobylka, Political Science

FA Norris

Scott Norris, Mathematics

Excited to work with all of them.

As for the rest of the leadership team, including our student leaders, Liz, and me, the bulk of our work recently has been working on our “welcome” video for new residents, which we’ve spent the past two Fridays shooting for and are now editing.

I love the concept we have for our vid, and though it’s imperfect for a number of reasons (most obviously, we don’t even LIVE in our RC yet so don’t have any footage of past events or the residence to draw from – I have to admit I’m a bit jealous of those RCs who already have a FiR in them in terms of the media they already have for a project like this), I think it’ll give a good sense of who we are and what we’re about.

As a professor who teaches film production, though, I have to admit the whole process of how these came about irked me a bit: basically the RCLC group was told “we need each RC to have a video for our website, and we need them quickly.” Right. Because anyone can knock out an awesome video quickly, with no experience – it’s not like we have students who spend their four years here (and many more post-graduation) learning the art and craft of filmmaking and honing their skills. Sure, even films from my experienced junior/senior students still have aspects that should have been done differently artistically and technically, but that’s no reason a bunch of non-film students shouldn’t be able to conceive, shoot, and edit some great videos in a couple weeks!

OK, maybe it irked me more than a bit: awesome though the RCLC members are – and at least the MoMac ones are FANTASTIC! (shout out to Olivia, Alexis, and Michael) – this is a lot to put on them, even if it wasn’t the end of the semester (which it is) and they didn’t have a ton of projects, papers, etc. already to do (which they do).

Anyhow, it’s a truism in film that everyone wants their movies to happen fast, be inexpensive, and come out well, but at best you can achieve two of these at a time. So given that it was a no-brainer that we wanted our video to be good, and we didn’t have a budget, Liz and I made the executive decision that the video would be finished when it was finished, whatever arbitrary deadlines had been established. Feeling better about the project after that, we buckled down and came up with an idea, started shooting the next week, and after about 6 or 7 hours of shooting I think we have the footage we need to make the video we want (or at least a first draft of it, with some clips to be replaced once we have footage of actual MoMac events in the fall). Keep your eyes on our FB page for our video, coming soon (but not as soon as they’d like)…

…And as we head into finals I think that’s my last post for the semester. Excited to be in MoMac and see all our work from this year start to come to fruition. Ready to throw up my M’s….