UNH Cinema Studies Program Plans on Remaining Minor Only

The Cinema Studies Minor at UNH has no plans to grow into a Major at any point in the near future.

The program, directed by Cinema Studies Coordinator Matthias Konzett, is a small Minor based out of the English department, which focuses providing students with the basic understanding of film, and is often viewed as a compliment to other majors such as English and political science.

“It’s meant as a program that gives you competence in the visual media,” Matthias Konzett said.

In order to receive the minor you need to take five courses, only two of which (Introduction to Film Analysis and Film Theory) are required. Cinema Studies offers a wide array of courses, from foreign language film classes to studies of genre-specific courses such as Sci-fi, War Films, and Horror. They are currently four courses being offered next semester: Authorship/Hitchcock, Traditions in World Cinema, Film Genre, and Gender and Race in American Cinema and Popular Culture.

The minor, however successful it may be, has little possibility of ever becoming a full blown major anytime soon. The price of creating such a program would be too expensive and require too much work to be worth it.

“[Making a Cinema Studies major] is just not seen as productive,” Matthias Konzett said. “It would have to be combined with a production program, so it’s almost like we’d have a little film school on campus.”

Making films is expensive, and adding that burden to an already money deprived university is too much to ask from a small program like Cinema Studies.

There is also the issue of the UNH brand name not being associated with Cinema Studies and Production already. It can make it difficult for students who major in film at UNH to find jobs elsewhere when they graduate.

“When a school just has a major that is not known, it makes it tougher on the job market.” Associate Professor of English Cinema Studies Delia Konzett said.

There is, however a workaround to the lack of a formal major. The University system has a Student Designed Major program, where you can petition a committee to allow you to create your own major.

“you can do the self-designed major, we’ve actually had about 5 students, maybe even ten who have self-designed,” Delia Konzett said.

“[Self-designed] is actually what we advocate, if somebody says “I’d like to have a major” then lets make sure you have a basic discipline and then combine it with film,” said Matthias Konzett.

This is often used as a duel major in conjunction with the communications major, a program which is similar enough to allow overlap but already is an established “unh brand” major.

Several students have already taken this path through to reach success past graduation. Tim Daniels was a film minor at UNH, and upon graduation, after some graduate courses in film production, found a job working for ESPN on football related video production.

Thomas Parisi, who double majored in film and law, became an FCC lawyer who works specifically in FCC and entertainment law.

Other students have successfully taken the film studies minor and applied it to working on film crews.

“We have students who are working on film crews, both locally or across the country. They usually just start off on the set helping out, then maybe specializing in lighting and electricity, we have a couple of those. But that’s not what we promise, the students come up with these things on their own,” Matthias Konzett said.

Cinema Studies: A Look Inside

I sat down the other day with Matthias and Delia Konzett, Department head of the Cinema Studies Program and Associate Professor of English Cinema Studies respectively, to talk about the nature of the Cinema Studies program at UNH.

What is the Cinema Studies Minor?

Why is there no Cinema Studies Major?

What classes are required for a Cinema Studies Minor, and what classes are offered through the minor?

UNH Red Sox Celebration on Main Street Broken up with Pepper spray

Late last night, after the Red Sox won won the World Series, students took to the streets in celebration. Students on Main Street began to jump on cars, climb light posts, and set set off fireworks at which point police in riot gear broke up the crowd with pepper spray and pepper paintballs.

Video of the Riot

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Students gather downtown, causing damages to parked cars and throwing bottles and rocks at police officers.

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Police broke up the students downtown with riot gear, pepper spray, and pepper paint balls.

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State Police were also at the scene to assist Durham officers.

 

The Disaster Artist: Greg Sestero Preview

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Tommy Wiseau (left), Greg Sestero (right), and UNH student Patty Levesque (middle), at the MUSO screening of The Room last semester.

Photo credit: Cameron Johnson

On Friday, October 25, Greg Sestero of The Room will be coming to UNH on the behalf of MUSO to talk about his time making the famously horrible movie. Sestero played Mark, the films antagonist, and is well known for his distaste for The Room as a whole. The Room has been called the best worst movie ever made, and has accrued a cult following in the genre of bad movies.

Shema Rubdi, the Promotional Director of MUSO, talked about The Room in detail.

Rubdi also talked about the famed director/actor/producer Tommy Wiseau

What to expect going to watch The Room for the first time.

New Hampshire Film Festival

New Hampshire Film Festival

The NHFF, which lasted from Thursday until Sunday last weekend, attracted sold out attendance levels from the casual film watcher to the big movie buffs.

  1. THURSDAY

  2. On Thursday, the Film “Only Daughter” was shown at the Music Hall with great reception.
  3. “There were people who came in who looked hungover and were reading it for the first time,” Dylan Alen, on the casting of Epilogue.
  4. Only Daughter was fantastic, and was miraculously only shot it about 10 days! #nhff #onlydaughter #unh631
  5. FRIDAY

  6. SATURDAY

  7. The Seacost Rep at #NHFF vine.co/v/hdbMOpPDFij
  8. Faborite part of today: Frodo and Maeby as a couple in #SetupPunch. #NHFF
  9. Wondering how hard it was to get into the screening of @DBmovie at #NHFF? Here’s a quick panorama of the full house:  http://twitter.com/melisstan/status/391792277678751744/photo/1 
  10. SUNDAY

  11. Film Festival Favorites: Short- Palimpsest. Documentary- If You Build It. Feature- Sanatorium. Thanks #NHFF for a great weekend!
  12. The Granny for Best Documentary goes to THE CRASH REEL. #NHFF

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Only Daughter Takes New Hampshire Film of the Year at NHFF

Only Daughter is about the journey of Dawn Cowly, played by Emily Seymour, as she tries to discover who her father is, and by extension discover herself. The Film took the New Hampshire Film of the Year after a well received screening at the New Hampshire Film Festival Thursday Night.
Aaron Wiederspahn is both the director and one of the actors (playing Dawn’s father, Ed) in this now award winning and New Hampshire film. This dual role he played in the movie sometimes caused issues during production, especially during the climactic scene.
“During the climactic scene… Emily asked me ‘I know you’re in character right now, but I need my director for a moment,'” Wiederspahn said.
Only Daughter went into the darker parts of human nature, exploring sexuality, prostitution, and other heavy topics.
“Sexuality is such an interesting meter for a culture” said Wiederspahn. The exploration of sexuality allowed for an “opening of a window” to Dawn’s life and family dynamic.

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Nicole Galovksi, the Programming director of NHFF, introduces the cast and crew of Only Daughter after the credits roll.

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Morganna Ekkens (left) and Aaron Wiederspahn (right) answer questions after the screening. Ekkens played a stripper named Pam, a surprisingly strong character. “[Pam] was an unlikely conduit for love,” Wiederspahn said.

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Laina Barakat, a producer and actor in Only Daughter, talks about the roles people played in creating the movie.