Concordia students in Advanced Television Production screened their final
projects for their parents, friends and colleagues at Loyola last week.
The seven productions included documentaries, dramas, comedies and experimental
films produced by the 13 students in Communications Studies Professor
Nikos Metallinoss class. They covered a range of subjectsheritage,
Star Wars, animal rights and nasty mother-in-laws.
It was great to see them on the big screen, said student Isabelle
Lagacé. Even though Ive seen these productions to the
point of knowing the dialogue, I was seeing them as if it was the first
time. When I saw the credits go up, I thought, Hey, I made this.
The audience reaction was very encouragingit was interesting
to get the first reaction of people who haven't analyzed them over and
Metallinos was proud of his students, who are expected to learn time management
and technical skills, while developing their creativity in the television
medium. He has been teaching the same course for 21 years, but hes
still thrilled by their enthusiasm.
I am biased here, but I say the screening was fantastic.
The hours are long and the work can sometimes be gruelling, but the students
stick with it because of the rewards of completing a project.
You put in more than the average amount of work, far more than other
classes, said Melanie Richards. Ill be editing from
10 in the morning until 10 at night, and I hardly notice because Im
so involved in what Im doing.
Metallinos added that technically, the students are happy to work with
new digital equipment. The digital cameras we use now help a great
deal. They are comparable with digital [computer] editing.
The departments recently acquired Avid editing system is top of
the linevery few universities have them, Metallinos said.
Our productions are a lot more innovative, and the quality is better
because we have new equipment, Richards said.
With digital cameras and editing, we have the best quality you can get,
and it makes it a lot easier to edit.
One documentary profiled the Fauna Foundation, a refuge south of Montreal
for animals that have been used for scientific testing or in circuses.
Another looked at Quebec history by interviewing members of several generations
of a large family.
One drama examined a womans new-found interest in magic as an escape
from her boring husband and wicked mother-in-law, and the evenings
experimental piece led the audience to wonder just what happened in the
fall of 1988.
Students agreed that working as a team presented some of the greatest
challenges, but also some of the greatest rewards, Lagacé said.
It is practically impossible for everyone to have it their way,
so we all had to learn to compromise and trust each other.
Richards explained that a variety of obstacles have to be overcome for
a production to make it to the final screening.
For the Fauna Foundation documentary, the Discovery Channel had
the students sign an exclusive contract that would prevent them from showing
the documentary, she explained.