Hello! I wanted to share with you all a snippet of what it’s like to be in the cinema and media arts program here at Biola.

As a film student, one of my introductory classes is called Visual Aesthetics, which is one of the coolest classes I’ve ever taken. The class is designed to teach us how to utilize light, shadow, and color in photos and film. For homework, we submit photo projects demonstrating our understanding of the concept we learned that week in class. Our first assignment was to recreate a painting by a famous artist. Naturally, your girl chose to recreate one of Frida Kahlo’s iconic self portraits with my lovely roommate as my model. It was so exciting to get to exercise my creativity and receive units towards my degree for it! That assignment left me even more pumped for the next. Our second assignment was to create a series of sixteen photos, applying newly learned lighting techniques.

During my photo shoot, I kept forgetting that the project was homework. My friends and I got so wrapped up our concepts that midnight came and went, but we continued snapping photos on the top level of one of the parking structures. I love collaborating and building relationship with people in my field. As far as our personalities and styles go, we all vary, but we were still able to offer constructive criticism and encouragement to each other.

Since I’m emphasizing in screenwriting and not the visual aspect of film, I was quite nervous about having my photo critiqued. Fortunately, one thing my professor stressed at the beginning of the semester was that our class was a place to make mistakes and learn from them. The people in the program have been more focused on collaboration than competition. In my experience, this really sets Biola apart. I was accustomed to protecting my creative space out of fear that my ideas would be put down or even stolen. In the short amount of time I’ve been at Biola, I’ve been welcomed into a community that wants to build others up in their field. Since our professors model those kinds of relationships, it trickles down to the students.

Below I’ve added some of my favorite pictures from the second assignment! If you are interested in Biola’s film program or just like taking pictures, feel free to email me with questions or comments!

Praying for you always!

Chantel

15. Silhouette Lighting.jpg

The concept demonstrated in this photo is the silhouette. I actually took this photo on my iPhone, because the camera we checked out from the Equipment Room (aka the ER) was catching too much light. Three cheers for low quality phone camera!


9. Side Light with Kicker.jpg

For this photo I had to used a side light with a kicker (light from the side and below). My classmate who modeled for me was such a great sport! She held uncomfortable poses for me to ensure my photos came out nice.