Friday, November 11, 2011

Interested in studying Film Studies at UNCW?

Do you have students who are interested in Film Studies? Wilmington, NC has a growing film industry, and is currently listed as the third largest film production center in the country, following closely behind Hollywood and then New York City. This is thanks to EUE Screen Gems Studios, which has its headquarters in Wilmington and has produced many films in our city over the last 60 years, including A Walk to Remember, The Exorcist III, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Blue Velvet, and televisions series such as One Tree Hill, Dawson's Creek, and the HBO series Eastbound and Down.

The city of Wilmington, however, is about to host perhaps the most well-known and biggest-budget film in state history. In a very competitive bidding process with areas like Los Angeles, Michigan, New Mexico and Canada, EUE Screen Gems Studios and the NC Film office were selected to host Marvel Studios and their latest installment of the Iron Man Franchise- Iron Man 3!

Iron Man 3 is slated to begin production in 2012, using all of Screen Gems stages and facilities and taking residence in Wilmington from January through October of 2012. According to the governor's office, the film will create 550 new jobs and more than 1,000 talent opportunities, as well as $80 million for the local economy.

To learn more about this exciting new production, please visit this article in the Greater Wilmington Business Journal- 'Iron Man 3' to storm Wilmington next year.

As well, you can learn more about our Film Studies degree and some exciting internship opportunities with EUE Screen Gems Studios by visiting the UNCW Film Studies Department.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wilmington’s Cucalorus Film Festival is back!


November 10th - November 13th

Wilmington’s Cucalorus Film Festival is back! The festival is a showcase of independent and international film drawing artists from around the world and film fans from all over the country. Film, art, and community collide at the Cucalorus Film Festival each year drawing over 10,000 attendees and screening over 150 films from around the world. Cucalorus is the region’s premier cultural event, receiving international praise for high quality programming and Southern hospitality. The Brooks Institute named Cucalorus as one of the top ten film festivals in the United States and MovieMaker Magazine dubbed Cucalorus as one of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals.

Kenneth Price, UNCW graduate from 2003 will have his documentary “The Wonder Year” featured at this year’s festival. Kenneth Price holds a BA degree in Film Studies from UNCW and an MFA in Film and Video Production from UNCG. Price had early success as an editor on a handful of films like Ben Fancy's The Calming (Cucalorus 2006), Sadie's Waltz (Cucalorus 2007), and Deconfliction (Cucalorus 2007). As a director, Price's short films The Late Mr. Mokun Williams and First Sunrise both screened at Cucalorus. But Price is probably best known as the buttoned down partner with Jonathan Guggenheim and Cory Howard on the feature films Lightning Salad Moving Picture and Americatown, two crafty DIY comedies based on the comedic stylings of the supercomedy, superduo the Superkiiids. More recently, Price has been directing music videos for a variety of hip hop artists including 9th Wonder, Actual Proof, Skyzoo, Rapsody, and The Away Team. The Wonder Year is Price's first documentary feature.

To get details of this year’s festival please visit their website at

College Planning Timeline ... Senior Year


• Meet with your school counselor to finalize your list of colleges. Be sure your list includes “safety”, “reach” and “target” schools.

• Start a checklist of all application requirements and deadlines.

• If you can demonstrate financial hardship, contact the colleges and your guidance counselor about possible application fee waivers.


• Register for the SAT and/or ACT if you want to take them in November or December.

• If you are going to apply Early Action or Early Decision, be very mindful of the deadline.

• Identify who you would like to write you a letter of recommendation and ask them early. Give your recommender a resume as well.

• Write first drafts of your college essays and ask your parents, teachers and peers to review them for you.


• Make sure your SAT and/or ACT scores will be sent by the testing agency to each one of your colleges.

• Contact your guidance counselor and provide them with the necessary information so they can send out a high school transcript to the schools you are to applying to.

• Get PIN’s for the FAFSA for both yourself and for your parents


• Try to complete all college applications before the winter break.

• Apply for scholarships in time to meet scholarship application deadlines.

• Start gathering documents that you will need to complete the FAFSA.


• Submit your FAFSA as soon as you can. The FAFSA form becomes available January 1st of every year.

• If your grades have improved or you have new accomplishments that were not on your original college application, be sure to inform the schools that you have applied to.


• Register for AP exams

• Plan your last rounds of college visits and Spring Open House

March/ April

• Admission decisions start arriving. Read everything you receive carefully, as some of the information may be time sensitive.

• Revisit colleges that accepted you if it is hard for your to make a choice.

• Do not get senioritis! Colleges want to see strong grades in the second half of your senior year.


• May 1st is the national deadline for high school students to inform colleges on whether or not they plan to attend. If you already know well before this date, let the colleges you do not plan on attending know. You help create space for students that are on the waiting list.

Keep in mind that you do not have to do these steps in the order they are listed. The important thing is that you do them in a timely manner.