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Student Profiles: Timmerie Millington

October 26, 2009

Name: Timmerie MillingtonTimmerie Millington

Age: 17

Year: Freshman

From: Lake Arrowhead, California

Major: Entertainment Media

What’s your favorite class? Poetics and Grammer with Professor Riley because I really enjoy writing. The class gives me a whole new perspective on how speak to my audience in a much more clear and concise way.  Right now we are reading, “The Great Divorce” by C.S. Lewis.

Do you have any hobbies? I absolutely love to dance! I’ve been dancing for about 16 years and enjoy many different kinds of dance –ballet, tap, dance , hip hop, modern, ballroom, and west coast swing. I’m actually going to be starting a hip hop club for any of the students who are interested.

Do you participate in any Student Life? Definitely! I began a pro-life club for students who really want to take action weekly and participate in local pro-life events such as praying at abortion clinics and participating in the  March for life in San Fransisco.

What is your favorite thing about JP Catholic? The spiritual life! I really enjoy being around other people who have a great passion to be closer to God, whether that may be through daily Mass, Adoration, or  praying the Rosary together. We all hold each other accountable and push each other forward in developing a stronger spiritual life. Also, I love the hands on aspect of the school.  Right now, I’m on the marketing team for a webisode series and have been learning all the ways you can utilize Twitter for your business. I also have been involved on quite a few student film projects.

Plans after graduation? Well, I’m still bouncing around some ideas…I may potentially stay here an extra year to do the Masters in Theology Program. One thing I do know for sure, when I graduate I want to do pro-life work by promoting the culture of life through the media.

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Safeguard your story…

September 22, 2009

Your creativity is a gift, and can easily be stolen. As we have completed finalizing our stories with beet sheets and treatments, we’ve learned its absolutely pivotal to safeguard your story ideas with the Writers Guild of America (WGA). Therefore, all of us 30+  media sophomores will be registering our stories with WGA this week before finals. Ahhh, with a sigh of relief, we can all enjoy break more soundly with our ideas safely guarded. Now, the fun part of writing begins next quarter as we breathe life and personality into our characters during the development of our first draft screenplays…

Sophomores prepare to write their first feature film!

September 3, 2009

This quarter with Professor Chris Riley, myself and another 30+ media sophomores have been preparing to write our very own feature script. We started with brainstorming for story ideas and writing down log lines. Second, we sectioned into writing groups, each week giving and receiving input on ideas. Lots of writing, thinking, reworking, and more writing. The creativity process is never more dynamic then in the beginning stages while the story unfolds on computer screens, post-it-notes, on the margins of notebooks, in Adoration, and even in in dreams while dozing during 5 min class breaks. We’ve now come close to the finish line of this quarter, and many of us have an entire feature-length story written up as a beat sheet and completed treatments. Our characters become more and more alive with each new week, as we place conflict in their way and watch them grow, either for better or for worse. Next quarter the actual writing of the feature script begins…but for now, the most important part of script writing, the pre-planning process, is creatively working its course.

What’s happening with the Senior Film Majors?

August 21, 2009

So…graduation is just a few months away, and the senior film students are buckeling down on their final thesis film projects. This is a huge undertaking –Some are full-feature length projects and still others are bringing on professional SAG actors who have been on major budget films. I’ve been fortunate to have the great experience of producing one of the senior film project’s and am looking forward to our first day of shooting this weekend. Now, 3 months later since undertaking this task, it’s been a lot of work, from making phone calls to caterers, to scheduling actors, scouting out locations, and filling out paper work with SAG. Pre-production is certainly key for a smooth shoot–but, whew, exhausting! Stay posted to hear how this weekend turns out…I’ll be posting pictures on our facebook page. Lights, Camera, Action!

A New Era of Journalism..

July 13, 2009

It's Time for a New Journalism

It's Time for a New Journalism

It’s interesting how two very recognizable people can meet death in the same week. Take Mother Teresa and Princess Diana, for example, both were very influential people, and yet Mother Teresa’s story took the back seat in the mainstream news channels. A courageous and self-giving women, Mother Teresa certainly broke the glass ceiling, though she was no princess, rock star, politician, or fashion icon, and she definitely didn’t invent the moonwalk. She continues, however, to have enduring influence and live on in the hearts of millions of people, Christians and non-Christians alike, and her plethora of quotes will always remain popular and inspiring year after year.

How did she manage this phenomena? How did this tiny, weathered, Albanian women win the Noble Peace Prize and the respect and hearts of world diplomats, American presidents, Popes, Kings, Queens, and many other heads of state? No books about her fashionable clothes lie on Barnes and Nobles book shelves and no shocking news articles about her lovers and scandals grab eyes in the grocery line. Clearly, Mother Teresa is not a “money-making” product that can be milked by the news. Some may call Princess Diana classic and always fresh, or Michael Jackson a “King of Pop,” and Obama the “change” we need.

Her words delivered hope for those undergoing trial and despair; her daily example of caring for the dying were fraught with transcendent truths. She was a women of integrity, a women of courage, and a women fighting for human rights. She had neither long legs, diamonds, or Louis Vuitton purses, but her life, wisdom, and service will continue through history and serve as an example to millions. A news channel which could communicate the classic life of Mother Teresa and the change she brought to humanity would have truly been a remarkable channel. Isn’t it time that Americans started taking charge of the stories they want to hear and tell? Last week, 60% of the news channels covered Michael Jackson’s death and revered him as a king and idol — a child molester!? Yes, he was talented, but that is no reason to cover up his perverted lifestyle. In fact, when Jackson died, the major news stations practically forgot about the nuclear missiles in Korea, unrest in Iran, and the outlandish Cap and Trade policy introduced by Obama. We are being manipulated like puppets by a few in the mainstream news, and it’s time that we shed our strings and stop putting up with what they have deemed as “important” and “newsworthy.”

Well, good news! John Paul the Great Catholic University is starting an Video Journalism program this fall. The time has come for the truly amazing stories to be told, like Mother Teresa’s. Journalism and news has radically changed with the internet, and John Paul the Great Catholic University is at the cutting-edge, telling stories that will impact the culture for Christ through new media. If you feel compelled to launch into the news industry, journalism, or the political arena then consider this new and exciting program beginning this October!

Climax in Directing Class

June 20, 2009

As some of you may or may not know, our line up for classes last quarter was quite the doozy. We had Advance Production, Writing for Stage and Screen Two, AND our first, full fledged Directing class! The Seniors had all three classes but each were in separate quarters. We were assigned to film four shorts each week, write ten to twenty pages of our script, and keep up with the occasional field trip. These are three pretty heavy duty classes.

In the last three weeks of the class, each student had to direct his or her final for the quarter. Each film had to be approximately five minutes long. With only five cameras and seventeen students, the weeks quickly became quite frantic. Some of us got ahead of the game, some of us fell short. People were writing scripts, freshman were auditioning, and everyone was trying to juggle the cameras.

I’ve always been more interested in writing, so I was quick to crank out a script that was worthy of Prof. Scoggins greenlight. Unfortunately for me, since writing takes such a higher spot than other aspects of film making, I spent most of my time working on the script. My time for filming was quickly eaten away. So much to the point where I filmed my last scene the night before the final was due!

Overall, directing the short (which ended up being around eight minutes) was one of the best experiences I’ve had thus far at JP Catholic. Writing, producing, DP, cinematographer, and directing the entire thing certainly sent me through the ringer. But thankfully, one of my most favorite people in the world, freshman, Laura Lopez, was able to edit the whole thing for me! There’s no way I would have made it out alive if it weren’t for her incredible tech-skills! Here’s a shout to you, Laura!

The class was, needless to say, the single most amazing class thus far in my JP Catholic career. Not necessarily the Directing class, but that final “class” on Monday morning. Each student really stepped up their game and turned in a finished product that was well worth the wait and effort. The entire class was obviously motivated to turn in a film with a story that was in someway worth while. I am very proud to be in a group of people who harbor such effort and motivation. Here’s to Directing Two next quarter!

Summer break!

June 16, 2009

Bags are packed, gas tanks are filled, and flights are taking off to all parts of the country as JP Catholic students break from classes for a relaxing summer vacation to spend with family and friends!

For those of us sticking around sunny San Diego, Professor Dunn has recruited a handful of students to produce a project for Careerbuilder.com — who is hosting a 25 sec commercial competition for this upcoming Superbowl. Grand prize: $100,000! If all comes together with our talented team and God’s grace, we just may have a shot at juicing up our media supply with new filming equipment.

Will definitely keep you updated on how our project comes together…

Godspeed to all our students as they hit the sand, swim, read, refresh, BBQ, and chillax…Time will surely fly too fast and before we know it July 5th will be here and classes will begin again. But, enough about school, let the summer festivities begin!