On Wednesday, February 20, 2013, at 2:00 p.m., Chuck Gloman, director of the TV/film program, and a crew of TV/film majors, helped set up a 34-foot jib for a film shoot behind and on top of the roof of the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts.
A jib is a remote controlled camera crane that helps get clear and smooth shots from high in the air. A camera is mounted at the top of the crane and the camera operator uses a monitor to control the movement from the ground. Gloman rented the jib and hired two jib operators to help with a scene of his movie You’re an Angel.
“The movie is about an angel watching over a woman who owes a loan shark some money,” said Gloman. “An actress is going to be filmed standing on a green box, but in the film it is going to look like she is hovering because we are going to make the green box disappear.”
Gloman invited all the TV/film majors to come so that they could experience parts of a real-world movie set. “With the help of the jib, the scene will be flawless,” he said. “As an extra bonus, the TV/film students watching will learn a lot about the process.”
Dimitris Fessas ’15 came out in the cold to watch the excitement. “Chuck asked me to come out today,” said Fessas. “He said it would be a once in a decade opportunity and I couldn’t imagine passing that up.”
TV/film major Victoria Barndt ’16 was excited to come out and see what Chuck had prepared for the students. “This is the first time I have ever seen a jib this big,” said Barndt. “I am very grateful for this opportunity.”
“This shoot isn’t about my film,” said Gloman. “This is just one of the many benefits that TV/film students at DeSales have access to.”
Senior TV/film major Abby Margiotta was picked to be the student producer for You’re an Angel and is grateful for the experience before she graduates.
“This is the first time I have seen one of these. and we are fortunate enough to have this equipment available to us before we get out on real movie sets,” said Margiotta. “Plus when we do get to a real movie set we will already have knowledge about how to use it.”
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