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Yesterday, the 9 Stevenson FMI students attending the annual SXSW Film Festival with their instructor, FMI Chair Christopher Llewellyn Reed, went to see a screening of Stevenson Class of 2006 alumnus Nick Kovacic's latest film, Agave: Spirit of a Nation. It was a great event.

[Pictured above, left to right: Ariel Loewenthal, Matt Patti, Laura Boellner, Max Iacovelli, Adam Vaughn, Ethan Ehrhart, co-director Matthew Riggieri, Nick Kovacic, Max Collins, Ryan Neitzey, Jonathan Kuchinskas. Pictured below, left to right: Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Nick Kovacic]

Yesterday, a group of 9 Stevenson FMI students + their instructor, FMI Chair Christopher Llewellyn Reed, arrived in Austin, TX, to spend a week at the annual SXSW Film Festival. This is the third such trip the FMI Department has made over the past four years. Students get to see films, network with industry professionals, attend seminars and panels, and have a great time.

[above, left to right: Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Matt Patti, Max Collins, Jonathan Kuchinskas, Ariel Loewenthal, Ethan Ehrhart, Laura Boellner, Ryan Neitzey, Max Iacovelli, Adam Vaughn.]

Northeast Regional Account Manager at Canon USA Lisa Gualtieri came back to Stevenson on Tuesday, February 6, to demo some cameras we are considering buying, including the C200, XC15 and XF400, all of which shoot in 4K. We already have a number of 4K cameras, but any of these would add to our arsenal, at different levels of the curriculum. As always, Lisa was not only a great spokesperson for her company, but a great hands-on teacher, as well. A good, educational time was had by all!

Spring 2018 FMI Artist-in-Residence Craig Huston was on campus for three days, Jan. 29-31, delivering a lecture on his life and work (pictured, above) on Tuesday, January 30. His visit was a success, with Craig attending classes and devoting much of his time here teaching our students the ins and outs of production management and the life and duties of a professional Assistant Director.

Longtime Hollywood Assistant Director Craig Huston is the Department of Film & Moving Image's Artist-in-Residence for the Spring 2018 semester. He will be on campus from Monday, January 29, through Wednesday, January 31. On Tuesday, January 30, at 7pm, in the Soundstage (SD101) of the School of Design building on our Owings Mills North Campus, Mr. Huston will deliver a lecture on his life and career. There will be a light reception in the lobby of the building at 6pm. All are welcome. The event is free of charge. In addition to the lecture, Mr. Huston will attend many classes while here, during which he will offer shorter versions of his popular "Pro Ad Seminar."

Assistant Directors, or ADs, are vital and integral parts of the filmmaking process. Their role, among other things, is to organize and run film sets, working in consultation with the director, producer(s), and others to allow the creative process to flow as smoothly as possible. Mr. Huston explains it best, on his website:

Every professional film, whether major studio or independent, has a team of Assistant Directors. They are the movie's coordinators, communicators and problem-solvers; the most visible and vocal leaders during both pre-production and filming. They create the shooting schedule; they lead location scouts and production meetings; they run the film set and supervise the crew; they direct background action (extras); they create call sheets, production reports and other required documentation; they ensure adherence to union & guild regulations; they are responsible for cast & crew safety.

Indeed, without ADs, the movies and TV shows you know and love could never have been made. We therefore welcome Mr. Huston back to Stevenson (he came once before, in the Fall of 2011, for a different kind of presentation), knowing that he will impart a lifetime's worth of essential knowledge to the next generation of filmmakers.

Craig Huston has an extremely impressive biography, selections of which are below (quoted, again, from his website):

Craig Huston has been a Los Angeles-based First Assistant Director for over thirty years and has more than sixty screen credits as First AD on feature films, television movies, mini-series and episodic TV series. He has served as First AD to Academy Award-winning directors Stanley Kramer, Tony Richardson and Ron Howard, Emmy-winning directors Roger Young, Daniel Petrie and Joseph Sargent, and dozens of others. Early on, he served as Second AD to actor/directors Warren Beatty, Sidney Poitier and Clint Eastwood, among many others.

His work has included Hollywood studio films and TV shows but his specialty has been distant-location shoots. His projects have included filming in twenty-one states plus twelve foreign countries, including challenging assignments in Russia, Morocco, Croatia, Thailand and Malaysia.

Craig is a graduate of the Directors Guild of America's prestigious Assistant Directors Training Program and is an active member of the Directors Guild and Screen Actors Guild.

Movies on which he has worked include The Eiger Sanction (1975), Heaven Can Wait (1978), First Blood (1982), Uncommon Valor (1983), The Package (1989), Mr. Destiny (1990), The Beautician and the Beast (1997) and Kiss the Sky (1998). He also worked on the second season of the TV show Charmed (1999-2000). You can read a complete list of his credits on his page at

We look forward to an exciting visit!

Poster, above, designed by Stevenson Art and Visual Communication Design student Krystal Carpintieri.

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