Unfortunately, Precedented Times

Unfortunately, this virtual learning environment is no longer new or unprecedented. However, after spending the spring, summer, and fall back in my hometown in Ohio, I am adapting to living on campus while learning online. The shifting risk postures and vaccine rollout plans are certainly keeping me on my toes. This class is more engaging…

Professional Professor

Pitt in LA is taught by Senior Lecturer and writer/filmmaker Carl Kurlander whose credits include “St. Elmo’s Fire”, NBC’s “Saved by the Bell”, and award-winning documentaries. This program is ideal for students looking to gain a meaningful industry experience and is usually taught in-person out in LA on the Lionsgate property. Professor Kurlander and his…

To move, or not to move

The theme of our program is the American film industry and there is a strong emphasis on connecting aspiring filmmakers from non-LA locations like Pittsburgh. This course impacted my perception of the film industry and its connection to the city of Los Angeles. Learning about the other popular places to produce films like New Mexico,…

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts

My name is Sophie and I am a junior pursuing a double-major in the Rehabilitation Sciences and Public & Professional Writing programs. I plan on applying to medical school, so I obtained a minor in Chemistry while pursuing certificates in Transatlantic Studies and Global Studies. My overall career goals include practicing medicine, most likely focusing…

Concluding Thoughts: The Duality of a Student-Teacher

“More than mere consumers of technology, we are makers, adapting technology to our needs and integrating it into our lives. Some of us are born makers and others, like me, become makers almost without realizing it.” – Dale Dougherty, MAKE Magazine, 2005 This quote is from MAKE magazine, one of the many readings in Dr….

Ancient Disciplines

As I mentioned in an earlier post, Dr. Horton’s Critical Making course fundamentally shaped my approach to college. When I first arrived, I tried to anticipate everything and plan my four years out by day two. However, I quickly learned that doors open and close in exciting ways, so I should keep an open mind….

Distant and Critical

“Critical making refers to the hands-on productive activities that link digital technologies to society. It was invented to bridge the gap between creative physical and conceptual exploration.” -Wikepedia. Tucked away on the 4th floor of the Cathedral of Learning lies Virtual Media Lab where Dr. Zach Horton hosts his Critical Making course in the fall….

My Summer Creative Experience

When I began this experience I thought I would be creating a film clip I could share. Due to COVID-19 and the shear volume of work, I was unable to come even close. I thought I would feel disappointed, but I’m inspired. In completing my storyboard and script draft, I understood new ways to process…

My Aspirations

In an era of uncertainty, this project has been symbolic in how I embrace change. I started out writing a script and planning to film on campus. Due to the unique conditions of COVID-19, my project morphed into a story board and script. Through this process new ideas emerge and embed in my project. The…

Mentorship and Collaboration

There is a huge learning curve with all the equipment and even Dr. Horton did not have all the answers. We would often ask each other and collaborate with different people for different aspects of our projects. Dr. Horton facilitated an environment where we felt comfortable taking risks and collaborating with the unknown. Walking through…