The Carson Film Series "Digs"
The Johnny Carson film series second short film "Digs" was recently filmed in and around the UNL campus. The series is the only one of its kind in the nation, pairing working film professionals with current students.
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[00:00:06.962]Woman: Roll sound.
[00:00:08.269]Man 1: Speed.
[00:00:09.852]Man 2: Scene 8 kelvin, take one, marker.
[00:00:13.655]Man 3: And... action!
[00:00:15.983]Paul Steger: The Carson School Film Series is the only one like it in the United States;
[00:00:19.901]blending curricular projects with creative products, that are submitted to film competitions and festivals around the country.
[00:00:27.436]These unique projects involve a select number of film industry professionals teaming with students and faculty from the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film,
[00:00:35.938]... the School of Music, the Department of Art and Art History, College of Journalism and Mass Communications, the Nebraska Film Commission,
[00:00:43.417]... and Nebraska Educational Telecommunications to create a 25 to 30 minute short film.
[00:00:50.795]The project uses the creative resources of all the units in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts,
[00:00:55.818]and supplements these resources with industry professionals and technology currently used in professional, digital cinema production.
[00:01:02.885]The Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film's objective has been to provide students with an opportunity to work directly with faculty and outside
[00:01:11.271]...professionals to create a professional quality film that is larger and broader in scope than can reasonably be expected of students working independently.
[00:01:20.819]The industry professionals work closely with faculty and students in a mentoring environment that provide the students with a hands on learning experience...
[00:01:29.218]...from teacher-mentors over the course of 3 years to create a professional product.
[00:01:34.405]Woman: Someone say "It's a wrap."
Off-screen: It's a wrap!
All: (excited yelling)
[00:01:37.868]Paul Steger: The Carson Film Series is a logical extension of the school's mission - to provide students with unique educational experiences that prepare them for the professional world.
[00:01:46.651]There is no substitute for the actual experience of making a movie, and it is unprecedented for students to work with professionals on a real set the way they do on a Carson School film.
[00:01:57.353]These projects blur the line between student and pro.
[00:02:02.269]The Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film extends its sincere thanks to the Hixson-Lied Board for the past support of this unique program,
[00:02:09.636]...which is setting new standards for instruction at the premier film-training programs in the country.
[00:02:16.449]Richard Endacott: Our end goal, first and foremost, is to provide an opportunity for the students to see what it's like to work in a professional environment.
[00:02:24.735]I think the number of professionals working hand-in-glove, teaching the students, is unusual.
[00:02:30.652]Pretty much every key department is represented. And then of course, having a BIG-time director like Donald Petrie working with us is almost unheard of.
[00:02:40.219]Donald Petrie: I came here and just taught some classes. And it kind of grew to this escalated full production of "Digs."
[00:02:48.852]Neil Larson: I don't know if you guys know this guy. This is Donald Petrie - the man himself. But I just wanted to thank him, very much, for coming out here,
[00:02:55.684]...teaching all of us, putting up with us, and just directing this amazing short film, that I'm sure is going to be spectacular.
[00:03:04.318]Donald Petrie: Thank you, thank you. Just remember that and hire me someday.
Neil Larson: (laughs) Ok!
[00:03:08.358]Paul Steger: In the future, we look forward to once again welcoming professionals to campus for these one of a kind projects,
[00:03:14.774]...showcasing not only the talent of the college, but also our fair state.
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