Year in Review 2013: Christine’s Three Favorite Stories

Our Year in Review series features the best of life at Full Sail in 2013, highlighting award-winning grads, popular student work, industry guests, and more.

Costuming as a Tool for Storytelling in Film & TV

Costuming_croppedI had a lot of fun learning about costuming as a storytelling device in film and television. In fact, writing this entire series about film storytelling (lighting, color) was fascinating. I first came up with the idea after watching A Royal Affair, a Danish film nominated for an Academy Award (Best Foreign Film), which uses lighting and color grading as foreshadowing. Through interviews, Course Directors from our Digital Cinematography, Film, and Creative Writing for Entertainment programs explained how different aspects of production contribute to storytelling in film and TV, offering examples from some of their favorites. For example, costume choices in Breaking Bad and The Hunger Games helped define characters and symbolize their emotional journeys, such as Skylar White’s gradual shift from wearing sky blues to more somber, dark colors.

Full Sail Student, Grad Invited to U.N. Foundation’s Social Good Summit

SGSI am always interested in innovators who come up with ways to help people in disadvantaged areas help themselves. The Solar Games, produced by goodXgames and designed in part by Full Sail graduates and students, is a great example. The kart-racing game has a dual mission of being fun to play and helping to bring affordable solar energy projects to Haitian schools and hospitals. The project – still in development – is the brainchild of Bradley Bulifant, a solar energy developer who is part of the Energy Access Practitioner Network, and Full Sail Game Design master’s grad Steve Brown, the game’s producer. The freemium game will offer in-game purchases, such as music, comedic back seat driver commentary, and kart upgrades. goodXgames will contribute 50 percent of the game’s profits to a no-interest microfinance fund to help rural Haitian communities afford solar energy. How cool is that?

Grad’s Social Media Savvy Helps Put Sleepy Hollow on Top for Fall

EmilyMurray_croppedInterviewing Full Sail graduate Emily Murray gave me a fascinating glimpse into the job of a TV Social Media Producer. Emily works for Fox Broadcasting, and is responsible for the social media strategy for Sleepy Hollow, along with several other Fox TV shows. Competition for viewers is increasingly taking place in the social sphere – on Twitter, Facebook, and the entertainment-focused GetGlue – and Emily’s job is to help start as much social conversation as possible about Fox’s shows. It’s amazing to find out how much work goes into this job. Emily is an important factor in the success of Sleepy Hollow and other programs.