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Content Marked with: Department of Theatre, Film, and Digital Production

Personal reflection, self-discovery and the therapeutic nature of performance

In March 2020, life suddenly stood still on the UCR campus and overnight we had to adapt to online learning. As it became clear that a possible two-week hiatus was quickly turning into a year-long water treading, the driving forces in the Theatre, Film and Digital Production Department (TFDP) became resourcefulness and flexibility. I was...
By Dr. Bella Merlin, Director of 20:20 Vision and Professor of Acting and Directing Theatre, Film and Digital Production |

Performing Arts faces unique COVID-19 challenges

As COVID-19 continues to impact UCR, students are facing unique challenges within the CHASS performing arts departments which include Dance, Music, and Theatre, Film, and Digital Production (TFDP). Acting classes conducted via Zoom begin with a wellness check-in for the students and professors to keep in touch with their own feelings. Talking through emotions during...
By Mina Shiratsuchi, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing and Communications |

‘I want students to know that we’re all invested in seeing them succeed’

Beginning with campus closure in March 2020, UCR departments and programs have been challenged to find different ways to support students and faculty. For Bryan Bradford, it's also meant taking on more responsibilities. “We’ve had to make departmental adjustments due to the pandemic, and Bryan has always been willing to lend a helping hand,” said...
By Karen Gudino-Flores, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing & Communications  |

'Hats' off to UCR alumnus

In 2016, Christopher Watkins III created Hats, a short film about a baseball player from South Central Los Angeles. It was the culmination of all that he’d learned during his time as an undergraduate student at UC Riverside and a graduate student at the University of Southern California. At UCR, Watkins started on his academic...
By Chris Fleming, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing & Communications |

No Money, No Problem

For most, awkward silence is something to be avoided. For the UCR student film club, R’Shorts, awkward silence is what wins awards. In spring 2019, R’Shorts submitted their short film Awkward Silence to the Film Festival run by UCR’s Associated Students Program Board (ASPB), as well as the Riverside International Film Festival (RIFF). R’Shorts won...
By Hannah Croft, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing & Communications |

Illuminating the future

“It’s not thinking about light. It’s thinking about what’s not lit,” said Ben Tusher, Production Manager and Resident Lighting Designer for UC Riverside’s Department of Theatre, Film, and Digital Production. Tusher was hired in July 2019, and has spent most of his life thinking about lighting and production. Before UCR, Tusher worked on the theme...
By Ian Peltz, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing & Communications |

New CHASS collaboration will expand student resources for film making

The department of Media and Cultural Studies (MCS) has partnered with the Theatre, Film and Digital Production (TFDP) department to create a multi-use space for undergraduate and graduate students. Located in INTS 2117, the room will double as both a laboratory and classroom, providing computers, editing software and other equipment for students while simultaneously allowing...
By Hannah Croft, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing and Communications |

A Princess Comes to UCR

To many children, stories of magic, princesses and faraway lands are an important part of childhood. Thanks to an interdepartmental collaboration between three UC Riverside CHASS Departments, the Gluck Fellows Program and the Esther Hays Family Concerts, these stories of magic, princesses and faraway lands will be brought to the stage in a one-hour special...
By Hannah Croft, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing and Communications |

From Fake Houses to Fake Forests: UCR’s Arts Scene Shop Makes Magic

Behind every UCR performance is an unseen team of people helping the show live up to its full potential, including set and prop designers found in the Scene Shop of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. The Scene Shop constructs elaborate scenery and props for performances and film productions, and handles all of...
By Hannah Croft, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing and Communications |