During her talk last week hosted by Northwestern’s MSLCE Program, Illinois Film Office Deputy Director Christine Dudley joked that each morning she and her staff light a candle to Dick Wolf.
The reason? Wolf, the producer behind the “Law and Order” franchise, has made Chicago home to the NBC productions of “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago P.D.,” “Chicago Med,” and the in-development “Chicago Law.”
For an office focused on bringing film and television productions to Illinois , these are all positive developments.
“They have laid down such a strong footprint,” Dudley said of Wolf’s Chicago franchise, “and because of that it generates more opportunity.” (more…)
In one of his undergraduate courses, Dan Li was asked to create a Twitter account and live tweet a guest speaker. He hadn’t used Twitter before, and the experience left Li with the realization that “the world of media is really fascinating.”
Originally from China, Li has only been in the U.S. for about four years, first to get his degree from the University of Washington, and now as an MSLCE student.
“It was really important for me to submerge myself into the great American culture,” he said of his time when he had first arrived here. (more…)
In the final installment of Professor A.J. Christian’s Digital Television speaker series, MSLCE students got up-close and personal with Julie Keck and Jessica King, the couple behind King is a Fink Productions. The writer/director/producer duo travelled a long road to their most recent webseries, OpenTV’s Full Out. (more…)
Bryan Pardo, an associate professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science here at Northwestern, wanted to tackle a fascinating question, ‘Why have designers digitally replicated technological interfaces exactly as they are in the real world and can we make them more intuitive for novice users?’
Why would he ask such a question? Well, it turns out that Pardo is a classically trained jazz musician who was perplexed by the complex interfaces in audio production tools, as he explained during faculty talk for MSLCE students on Feb. 11.
He couldn’t quite understand why the rigid forms of the analog production world had to be transferred to the digital realm. Too him, wholly a musician at heart, it made more sense if the knobs, dials, and industry lexicon of old were abandoned for a more interactive and user friendly interface buttressed by a folksonomy of descriptors. (more…)
As part of Prof. Christian’s Digital Television speaker series, MSLCE students met two of OpenTV’s Lipstick City creators this past Monday. The short film focuses on drag culture and stars drag queen Shea Couleé, who also serves as the film’s writer and director. Shea – biological name Jaren Merrell – and producer Kelly Schmader had a lot to say about putting a spotlight on a “interesting and important subculture.” (more…)
The hunt for summer internships is in full swing, and those March 1st application deadlines are swiftly approaching.
The MSLCE cohort recently spent a Saturday in an interviewing workshop led by Amanda Schonfeld, a talent acquisition leader at VSA Partners, a design-based branding agency in Chicago. Students learned the ins and outs of the interview process, including how to prepare for an interview and how to appropriately follow-up with an employer. (more…)
A couple weeks ago my peers and I were given the wonderful opportunity to visit VSA Partners, a design firm in downtown Chicago. We were lucky to be given an extensive tour by partner David Ritter who reinforced the notion that VSA Partners believes in “the beauty and art of good design.” (more…)
Gerry Garbulsky, senior TEDx ambassador for South America, is excited to be a guest host at TED2016: Dream. He is in charge of curating a TED2016 session on February 18 titled “The dreams that define us” featuring a selection of previous TEDx speakers from around the world.
The panel will include dreamers such as neuroscientist, Mariano Sigman; writer and satirist, Siyanda Mohutsiwa; musician, instrument maker, and composer, Linsey Pollak; artist and photographer, Angelica Dass; and chess player Judit Polgar. (more…)
Sam Bailey and Sam Lee, the two minds behind OpenTV’s webseries You’re So Talented, came this past week to speak with Prof. Christian’s Digital Television class. Bailey and Lee frequently work together as the creative production duo Our Names Are Sam and they had a lot to teach us about the challenges of making indie content in Chicago. (more…)
“Fail faster to succeed sooner,” said David Schonthal, a professor of innovation and entrepreneurship at the Kellogg School of Management, on a chilly winter Saturday as he quoted David Kelley, the founder of the award-winning design firm IDEO where Schonthal is also a business designer.
For a group of graduate students in need of caffeine, this notion of accepting failure as a means to advance themselves and their ideas’ was and remains truly terrifying and exciting. Why so? (more…)