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2018 Film & Digital Media Symposium & Exhibition

Welcome to the 2018 Film and Digital Media Symposium and Gallery Exhibition, held in conjunction and partnership with the Beaufort International Film Festival (BIFF), on the Beaufort USCB campus. Free and open to the public, join us for art, media, and scholarly talks by USCB faculty and BIFF filmmakers!

Exhibition Gallery Reception

When: Friday February 23rd, 5:00pm-7:00pm (FREE)

Where: Gallery reception showing artwork and digital media research by USCB faculty and students at Sea Island Center Gallery (1106 Carteret St Beaufort, SC 29902) on the Beaufort campus at the corner of Carteret and Boundary.

Symposium Talks

When: Saturday February 24th, 11:00am-3:00pm, (FREE)

Where: Live talks at USCB Beaufort Center for the Arts (801 Carteret St Beaufort, SC 29902) in Classroom 101, and interactive simulcast to Library 243, USCB Bluffton campus. Limited seating, so arrive early.

  • 11AM | Lightning Round Talks | Ten-minute presentations by USCB faculty and film & media professionals in the Lowcountry (please arrive at 10:55am, see details below)

     

     

  • Noon | Break for lunch with speakers (food and drinks provided to attendees of the Lightning Round talks, while supplies last).
  • 1PM | Keynote Speaker | "A visit with Mark Kirkland, Filmmaker & Director for the Simpsons". 
  • 2PM | BIFF Director's Panel | Q & A with three award-winning directors.

Keynote Speaker

Mark Kirkland

  • Mark Kirkland is a fine artist and a three-time Emmy award-winning director (The Simpsons), an award-winning filmmaker, and writer/director. He studied drawing, animation, filmmaking, and received a BFA degree from The California Institute of The Arts (CalArts). Kirkland is an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) and a former Governor for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He began working on The Simpsons from season two onwards and has directed 82 episodes, more than any other director. Kirkland has won three Primetime Emmy Awards, two Environmental Media Awards and a Pioneer in Television Animation Award from the Burbank International Film Festival for his work on The Simpsons. As an independent filmmaker, Kirkland has written, directed and produced award-winning short films which have been shown at film festivals around the world and screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. During a 5 year period, he participated in 25 festivals screening of his films: "A Letter from Home," "The Moving Picture Co. 1914," "The Audition," and "Bud's Odyssey”, screening on Friday at BIFF 2018.  

 

 

Mark Kirkland 

 

Lightning Round Talks

  • Chris Robinson | NanoArt and the MoonArk
  • Candace Brasseur | Animation for Instructional Purposes that's FUN!
  • Topher Maraffi | Gullah Roots of Swing Dance Documentary
  • VW Scheich and Uyen Le | Documentary Do's and Don'ts
  • Holly Bounds-Jackson | What’s Old is New

Speaker Bios

Chris Robinson

  • Chris Robinson is a visual artist, professor of art, and chair of the University of South Carolina Beaufort Department of Fine Arts, as well as a past professor and member of the nanoCenter at the University of South Carolina Columbia. His interests and artwork focus on the development, role, and mediation of complex science and technology in contemporary culture and how it assists in and influences decision-making. Throughout his career, his work has involved initiatives such as the early use of computers in the arts to public scale laser and ambient light installations, aviation and space development, scientific exploration, 3D computing and complex drawings of digital spaces, and the rapid emergence of nanoscience/technology. Robinson has been a senior and co-principal investigator on United States National Science Foundation multidisciplinary teams investigating the broader impacts, societal implications, and role of images the development of nanotechnology, and spent the Spring 2009 as a visiting professor at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy working with the Italian National Enterprise for nanoScience and nanoTechnology (NEST). Recently he has been a consultant with Synzyme Technologies in the visualization and development of artificial blood and as a fellow of the Carnegie Mellon University Studio for Creative Enquiry in the design, preparation, and upcoming flight of a very small museum to be placed on the surface of the moon. Robinson crosses the two cultures and exhibits, writes, and presents at national and international venues and conferences in the arts and the sciences throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.

 

 

Chris Robinson 

 

Candace Brasseur

  • An award-winning screenwriter, Candace Brasseur has an M.F.A in Film from Columbia University in NYC and a B.A in Media Arts from the University of South Carolina. While in college she worked at Jim Henson Productions, and later served as Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer for the US Department of State in Argentina managing an English language scholarship program for disadvantaged youth. She has served as both Public Information Officer and Marketing & Communications Director at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Presently, Candace is the Communications Director at Holy Trinity Classical Christian School in Beaufort, SC. She is currently exploring storytelling in videogames as the project manager of a retro game about Lowcountry legends, Bugs N’ Boo Hags developed by USCB Computational Science Associate Professor, Brian Canada. The game was showcased at PAX South 2016. She is presently researching gamification in the classroom and is working towards her doctorate at USC in Curriculum & Instruction with a concentration in Educational Technology. 

 

 

Candace Brasseur 

 

Topher Maraffi

  • Topher Maraffi has an MFA in Digital Arts & New Media and MSc in Computer Science from the University of California Santa Cruz, as well as a BCA in painting from University of North Carolina Charlotte. At USCB, professor Maraffi teaches classes in digital animation, video game design, and graphic design, as well as new classes in broadcast design at SCETV Beaufort. At BIFF he has been a judge of the animation category for the last three years, and is on the Beaufort Film Society advisory board. Also a dance instructor, this year he received a Sea Island Institute grant to start pre-production on a documentary of the South Carolina history of swing dancing. Working as a broadcast designer and animator in New York City throughout the 1990s, he designed shows and motion graphics for NBC, as well as titles and special FX for independent films, such as The First Wives Club and Woody Allen’s Everyone Says I Love You. He is the author of three popular technical animation books that were on Disney’s recommended reading list, and for seven years was the Course Director of technical animation courses at Full Sail University in Orlando. He has given presentations at SIGGRAPH, EVA London, Arts in Society UCLA, Animex UK, and Red Stick LSU animation festival.

 

 

Topher Maraffi 

 

VW Scheich & Uyen Le

  • Director VW Scheich and Uyen Le are the writers/producers behind RareForm Pictures, an independent production company formed in Los Angeles in 2008.  While living in Beaufort, SC in 2015-2017, VW and Uyen spearheaded production for the comedy film "Basement Bob," written by the talented Gary Weeks.  "Basement Bob" is currently in active development. Their first short film "Wallenda" won the Best Short Film Award at the Beaufort International Film Festival (BIFF) in 2013.  The following years VW and Uyen returned to BIFF, winning the Best Screenplay Award for "Pawn" in 2014 and the Audience Choice Award for "Interwoven" in 2016.
  • Combined they have worked on over a hundred Hollywood productions in virtually every department, including pre-visualization, development, legal, physical production, post-production and visual effects.  Some of their credits include "Spider-Man 3," "House of Cards," and "World's Greatest Dad." They are currently in production on a documentary feature film entitled "Carpe Vegan," shooting in Atlanta.  Join them as they share their Top Ten Do's & Don'ts that they have experienced while making a feature documentary film on an independent budget. 

 

 

VW Scheich & Uyen Le 

 

Holly Bounds-Jackson

  • Holly Bounds Jackson is the new Director of Operations at ETV Lowcountry, one of SCETV’s four regional stations.  A former local TV news reporter and anchor, Holly now uses that experience with the USCB broadcast students who conduct classes at the studio twice a week. She also brings new ideas on ways to use the facility more and create content for SCETV.  Holly is a native of Bishopville, SC and a graduate of USC Columbia.  She and her husband have three daughters and two dogs.  They reside in Bluffton.  

 

 

Holly Bounds-Jackson 

 

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