Steven Poster Master Class Photos

18 Feb

On February 12, 2011, Steven Poster ASC gave a master class on cinema lighting for the OU Student Film Production Club (SFPC).

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Patrick McGilligan “Tender Comrades: The Hollywood 19” Wed, February 23rd

18 Feb

Wednesday, February 23 at 7:30pm in the Gaylord Hall Auditorium, film historian Patrick McGilligan will present his lecture, “Tender Comrades: The Hollywood 19”.  The lecture is the first in a series for the OU Presidential Dream Course, “The Hollywood Blacklist” with the Film and Video Studies program. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Presidential Dream Course Program, the Film and Video StudiesProgram, the Department of English, and the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. For more information or accommodations on the basis ofdisability, contact the FVS office at or (405) 325-3020.

FVS Summer 2011

18 Feb

It’s not too early to think about your summer plans.  It seems like only last week that we were buried under two feet of snow but those lazy days of 95° temps, porch sitting and Frisbee tossing are just around the bend.  We are offering a host of courses for your summer learning.  Why not take a course or two and knock out some of those required hours?

The OU summer schedule has been revised and improved.  There are now six different “blocks” of summer semesters. We will be offering courses in four of those blocks — A, B, C and F.

Block A: May 16 – June 10

Single-Camera Video Production with Eric Zeaman, Intro to Film with Al LaValley and Cinema and Architecture with Khosrow Bozorgi

Block B: June 13 – July 8

Structure and Aesthetics of the Short Film with Eric Zeaman

Block C: July 12 – August 5

Acting for the Camera with Darryl Cox and American Independent Film with Al LaValley

Block F: May 16 – July 8

Writing About Film with Betty Robbins (ONLINE)

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OU Film Comedy Conference

11 Feb

“Hollywood and the Blacklist” — Featured Presentations

8 Feb

OU Film Comedy Conference Feb 11 and 12

8 Feb

The University of Oklahoma will host film comedy scholars from around the world at the inaugural Film Comedy Conference, set for 10 am, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 11 and 12.  The conference will be held in the Heritage Room of the Oklahoma Memorial Union, 900 Asp Ave., Norman.  Paper presentations are free and open to the public.

The conference will include scholars and topics:

  • Tamar Jeffers McDonald, University of Kent, England: “hommecom,” or male comedy
  • Celestino Deleyto, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain: romantic comedy from the 1930s to the present
  • Frank Scheide, University of Arkansas: silent film comedy
  • Rob King, University of Toronto: sound and slapstick comedy
  • Lucy Fischer, University of Pittsburgh: the film Flirting With Disaster
  • Victoria Sturtevant, OU: Marjorie Main
  • Kevin Sweeney, University of Tampa: the comedies of Jacques Tati
  • Dan Georgakas, Cineaste: Ethnic Humor: The Greek Americans
  • Catherine John, OU: Black Film Comedy
  • Maria DiBattista: sub-genres and topical comedy
  • Joshua Nelson, OU: Native American comedies
  • Claire Mortimer, Colchester Sixth Form College, England: Alexander Mackendrick’s Ealing Comedies
  • David Shumway, Carnegie Mellon University: Woody Allen, the Chaplin of the New Hollywood

Presenters are part of an anthology being published by Wiley-Blackwell Publishers and edited by Andrew Horton, Jeanne H. Smith Professor of Film and Video, and Joanna Rapf, Professor of English.  The conference is sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences, Jeanne Hoffman Smith and the Office of Student Affairs.  For more information or accommodations on the basis of disability, contact the program at or (405) 325-3020.


Lighting Master Class with Steven Poster, ASC

8 Feb

Please join FVS and the Student Film Production Club this Saturday, February 12th from 1pm to 5pm in Nielson Hall room 170 for a Master Class on lighting with cinematographer Steven Poster.  Mr. Poster is the former President of the American Society of Cinematographers and the current President of the International Cinemagographers Guild.  He was the Director of Photography on OU student favorite, Donnie Darko as well as Rocky V, The Box and Southland Tales.  Mr. Poster will give a hands-on workshop on the techniques of Hollywood lighting and also hold a Q&A session.  For more information on Mr. Poster please visit his website:

If you have any questions regarding this master class, please call the FVS office at 325.3020.