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Films nominated for Student Production Awards from the Upper Midwest Emmy® Foundation

Crystal Pillar Award for College-Fiction
Upper Midwest Student Production Award from the Upper Midwest Emmy Foundation for “Monday Train” Photo: Sarah Van Sickle

Written by: Sarah Van Sickle

Congratulations to all of the Augsburg students that were nominated for a Student Production Award from the Upper Midwest Emmy® Foundation! Nominations were announced today and Augsburg has six nominations in five categories. The Upper Midwest Chapter of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences recognizes outstanding achievement in student filmmaking. While Augsburg has been nominated before and won twice, this is the most nominations the University has ever received. The 2019 Student Awards Ceremony takes place on April 12th.

For a complete list of nominations visit midwestemmys.org.  Augsburg nominations are as follows:

Short Form: Fiction

“Cycle,” directed by Winston Heckt; editing/sound by Lukas Olson; written by Lauren Tabor; and advised by Robert Cowgill.

“Fairy of the Night,” directed by Joel Myers and advised by Jila Nikpay.

Long Form: Fiction

“Take Me Home,” written/directed by Rebecca Lynn Schroeder; editing/sound by Lukas Olson; camera/editing by Winston Heckt; produced by Francesca Chiari; assistant director Meredith Carstens; production design by Olivia Drury; and advised by Jenny Hanson.


“Lets Talk,” directed/produced by Adrianna Foreman and advised by Jenny Hanson.

Animation/Graphics/Special Effects

“Rodney and Jimmy and the Campfire,” directed by Joel Myers and advised by Jenny Hanson.


“Amusement,” edited by Joel Myers.



Join the Speech Team

If you’ve ever wanted to perfect your speaking skills, travel to different schools and meet students from other schools, and have a lot of fun in the process, then Augsburg Forensics is for you!  We encourage you to check out what being on the “speech team” has to offer.  And–new for incoming students–we have forensics scholarships, from $3000 to $5000!

Augsburg’s Speech Team participates in 8-10 interscholastic speech tournaments each year in eleven different events, which include:

Interpretation Events

  • Dramatic Interpretation –  Students interpret a piece of dramatic literature performed by one individual utilizing two or more characters.
  • Duo Interpretation –  Two students interpret a cutting from a play.
  • Poetry –  Students interpret a poem or a selection of poems.
  • Program Oral Interpretation –  Students interpret a themed program containing two of the three interpretive genres (prose, poetry, drama).
  • Prose –  Students interpret a piece of prose literature using a manuscript.

Limited-Preparation Events

  • Extemporaneous Speaking –  Students give a five- to seven-minute speech on a domestic, international or economic topic, delivered after a half-hour preparation period.
  • Impromptu Speaking – Students have seven minutes to prepare and deliver an impromptu speech, usually on a familiar saying or significant quotation; may also be an object or cartoon.

Public Address Events

  • After-Dinner Speaking –  Students deliver a humorous speech designed to entertain the audience while persuading or informing.
  • Communication Analysis –  Students deliver a speech in which the speaker describes, interprets, and evaluates a speech or other rhetorical artifact.
  • Informative – Students deliver a speech that heightens the audience’s awareness of some subject.
  • Persuasive – Students deliver a speech designed to persuade the audience.

At Augsburg, you are welcome to set your own level of participation in the activity.  If you only want to attend one or two speech meets per year, that’s fine, and if you want to go to 7 or 8, that’s good too!  We are here to serve your needs and make being on the speech team a manageable and worthwhile experience.

If you’re interested in being involved with contest speech activities, contact David Lapakko, Director of Forensics, at lapakko@augsburg.edu

Intercollegiate Film Festival

Film Festival LogoAugsburg University welcomes undergraduate students from around Minnesota to the annual Intercollegiate Film Festival.

The festival recognizes the work of student filmmakers and writers as part of an interconnected statewide film community. The festival provides networking opportunities and juried merit awards of distinction. The festival is organized by Augsburg University film scholars and juried by professors and industry professionals.

Entry Fee: $5.00 (free for Augsburg students with waiver code)
Submission Deadline: April 1st.

Submit to the festival on Film Freeway

Intercollegiate Film Festival proudly accepts entries on FilmFreeway, the world’s #1 way to enter film festivals and creative contests.

5 Important Things Every Film Student Should Know

by Prof. Wesley Ellenwood

  1. Know the difference between film and video and digital media.  At Augsburg University we teach filmmaking with film.  If you hold a frame of film up to a light you’ll see an image.  If you hold any videocassette up to a light all you’ll see is plastic.  And if you try to hold a computer up to a light, may I suggest you use a laptop.
  2. Know that film doesn’t have a R-E-C button.  With film, you load a roll into the camera, calculate the f/stop with a light meter, focus, shoot, then unload the film and take it to a laboratory for developing.  Once it’s exposed and developed, that’s it.  With video and digital media you can press that red R-E-C button again and again to record and reuse it time after time.  For those who didn’t know, R-E-C stands for record.  Knowing that film can’t be re-recorded forces the novice filmmaker to plan out the project, rehearse the scene, and carefully consider the shot before pressing that shutter button.  Oh by the way, film cameras have shutter buttons, not R-E-C buttons.
  3. Know a favorite film inside and out.  If you don’t have a favorite film, pick one.  Once you have a favorite film watch it until you can quote lines or accurately describe sequences.  Study the credits.  Get to know who did what.  Perhaps even do some research on all those technical jobs?  Like what is a key grip anyway?  Or what does a best boy do?  Not only will this familiarity with a favorite film prepare you for studying film, you’ll have a ready-made answer for all those social gatherings where the typical question is:  What’s your major?
  4. Know the importance of sound recording and sound design in filmmaking.  After you’ve watched your favorite film often enough that you can easily quote lines, watch it again but turn your back to the picture and just listen.  If you can ignore the dialogue, that would be best.  When you do this you’ll be amazed by what you’ll hear.  A typical film has multiple layers of sounds, elements, and effects that normally go by unnoticed by casual audiences.
  5. Know the three basic camera shots (wide, medium, and close up) and know the four basic camera moves (pan, tilt, truck, and dolly).  Get a camera, any camera; still, digital, super 8, anything.  You don’t need to shoot anything (though it would help) to practice framing shots and moving the camera.  If you can locate a tripod, use it.  Too many novice filmmakers don’t have the patience to properly set up their shots.  They shoot their stories with a ‘quick and dirty’ hand-held camera and the end result looks it.