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Artists use old caravan to put film into motion

September 16, 2014
A local couple has turned a automobile into a piece of working art. “Caravan: Double Feature” is an upcoming, one-night only cinema event produced by collaboration between Evan Dawson and Paige Phillips, both graduates of Ohio State. The couple took Dawson’s family’s 2001 Dodge Caravan and replaced the headlights with 16-mm projectors. Hosted by the small art gallery Mote 078 Gallery, a film will project from the new headlights Friday onto the side of a building near the Ohio Exterminating Co.’s location at 1347 N. High St. “In the film, you will see us walking in front of a car driving down the road,” Dawson said. “It is a fairly… Read more

Alumnus goes from scarlet and gray to silver screen

September 11, 2014
The movie starts, and the audience sees a black screen. White text draws your eyes to the words “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” and then eerie music begins to bombard your ears. The opening scene begins, and the camera is perfectly lined up with the lights focusing on exactly what you are meant to see. Months of hard work went into making sure you see just that, exactly what the director wanted you. Cinematographers, such as Scott Spears, are the ones behind it. Spears, a 52-year-old Ohio State instructor and cinematographer, has worked on more than 30 films throughout his career. He not only works as a screenwriter and… Read more

Ohio State film studies on stepping stones to expanded programs

August 28, 2014
For the film studies program at Ohio State, the events scheduled for fall semester aim the spotlight towards the future. The eight-year-old program is in the planning stages of what John Davidson, the director of film studies at OSU and a professor in Germanic language and literatures, calls a “moving image production unit” on campus — a stepping stone to what Davidson ultimately says he hopes leads to a new major option for OSU students interested in production. “We’re really pretty convinced that our people who are really successful at (production) would use a place like OSU because of what it has to offer in terms of critical and historical… Read more

Opinion: Robin Williams a decorated actor, celebrated funnyman

August 13, 2014
Legendary actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead in his Tiburon, Calif. home early this evening. He was 63 years old. His death is speculated to be self-inflicted. Williams was born in Chicago in 1951 and rose to fame as Mork in the television series “Mork and Mindy.” He would go on to star in such films as “Good Morning, Vietnam,” “Dead Poets Society” and “Good Will Hunting,” for which he won an Oscar. He also appeared on Broadway and was a celebrated stand-up comedian. Williams had well-documented struggles with drugs and alcohol throughout his life. He fought cocaine addiction in the ’70s and ’80s, and in 2006, he… Read more

Columbus’ ‘Get Out Project’ seeks to encourage, inspire young talent

June 18, 2014
Featuring professional athletes and globetrotting DJs, a local video project seeks to inspire viewers to search out their niche and pursue their passions. “The Get Out Project” is a multimedia effort created and managed by a team of young professionals specializing in the areas of project management and film. “(‘The Get Out Project’) is an aspiring nonprofit based on purpose,” said project coordinator Jerry Valentine. “(The project features) people who are between the ages of 18 and 25 and who are doing pretty good things with their lives …  pretty big things.” Through the production of content ranging from videos, articles and photos, it is designed to showcase young adults… Read more

Ohio State campus provides as backdrop for thriller ‘The Tank’

April 30, 2014
Ohio State’s campus might seem a bit more thrilling this week. Since Tuesday, film crews have been on campus shooting a thriller titled “The Tank.” Various locations across OSU’s campus have been selected as the backdrop for scenes, including the RPAC, Physical Activities & Education Services, Fisher College, McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, Don Scott airport, the Adventure Recreation Center, Archie Griffin Ballroom and WOSU@COSI. On Friday, a casting call for extras surfaced on social media, including Facebook and Reddit. Included in the casting call was a synopsis of the feature: “On April 26, 2012, six people entered into an isolated confined environment with the mission to simulate a trip to Mars.”… Read more

Opinion: Necessity of a ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ sequel doubtful

April 17, 2014
As if Hollywood couldn’t shell out anymore sequels from the past — your favorite Scottish nanny is set to return to the big screen. “Mrs. Doubtfire,” the 1993 film starring Robin Williams in the title role, is set for a sequel from “Elf” writer David Berenbaum, according to “The Hollywood Reporter.” Directed by “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” director Christopher Columbus, the original film earned more than $400 million worldwide and an Oscar award for best make-up. The dramedy follows the story of Daniel Hillard (Williams), an actor who disguises himself as Mrs. Doubtfire, his female Scottish nanny alter ego, in order to see his children held under custody… Read more

Opinion: Jay-Z, Beyonce tour, new Magic Mike movie make pop headlines

April 17, 2014
This is part of a weekly series called “Pop Opinions” where The Lantern offers its take on the week’s pop culture news. Power Couple Does a Power Tour Sources told the New York Post Wednesday that Jay-Z and Beyoncé will be touring together this summer. Cue worldwide applause and bowing. Few details are known so far besides that it will be a stadium tour (duh, the Newport can’t handle that) and will start in late June. I am assuming that ticket prices will be queen-sized. I am hoping with crossed fingers that Blue Ivy is the opener. Coachella The only musical festival I’ve enjoyed going to is Warped Tour (moment… Read more

George Takei to lead Columbus Pride parade

April 15, 2014
Since coming out in 2005, “Star Trek’s” George Takei has been an example to the LGBT community on how to “live long and prosper.” Now the actor, author, activist and “Star Trek” alumnus is set to serve as the grand marshal of the 2014 Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival and Parade, which is to have the theme of “created equal.” The festival, which is set to take place June 20-21 at Goodale Park, is sponsored by Stonewall Columbus, a local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender support organization. Takei is set to lead the parade June 21 and attend the closing brunch June 22. How Takei spends the rest of the festival… Read more

Opinion: 2014 MTV Movie Awards demonstrates ridiculousness

April 15, 2014
“The Biggest One You’ll Ever See” was the tagline for this year’s MTV Movie Awards — but even after I had to search my television guide for the channel number for MTV, I still wasn’t convinced. The 22nd annual award show, hosted by late-night talk show host Conan O’Brien, aired Sunday on MTV. The awards were located in Los Angeles, and as done in years past, all nominees were voted for by the general public through online surveys done on MTV’s website. As if categories like Best Kiss and Best Shirtless Performance weren’t enough to demonstrate the ridiculousness of the award show, O’Brien pointed out a special audience member in… Read more