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Moving Pictures: The [new] Project DU F.I.L.M. Podcast

By Nicole Barker, Senior Film Studies & Production and Environmental Science Major

Ryan Rose and Abby Scanden sit at the podcasting table om the background. Camera equipment is being set up in the foreground.With the third year of Project DU F.I.L.M. getting off to a great start, there is an exciting new addition to be recognized: Moving Pictures: The Project DU F.I.L.M. Podcast. Professor Sheila Schroeder, founder of Project DU F.I.L.M., decided to create the podcast as a way to connect with other universities and industry professionals across the country who are working on initiatives similar to Project DU F.I.L.M.

The podcast's topics of discussion include representation in film, producing a short, the importance of experiential learning, women in film, and how Project DU F.I.L.M. is trying to change the face of the filmmaking industry. The producers aim to use Moving Pictures to discuss these broad ideas with other universities and industry professionals, making connections that can be used to create change in the film industry.

Sheila Schroeder, Ryan Rose, and Abby Scadden interview Jeremy Dehn and Marteene Diaz for an episode of the podcast.Moving Pictures is managed by a team of DU students, most of whom have no experience in podcasting, making it a great educational opportunity. Students are able to learn all of the pieces of podcasting production, from the research and scriptwriting process, to hosting the live show, to editing and post-production. Are you interested in learning how to use Adobe Audition, an important skill to have in the media and film industry? Learn it with us!

The team is led by host and producer, Ryan Rose, a University of Denver graduate student in the master's in Media and Public Communication program, with concentrations in strategic communications and entertainment media. The rest of the team includes five undergraduate students – co-host Abby Scadden, editor Evan Desmond, co-writers and photographers Jack Amato and Nicole Barker, music composer Alex Niederberger – and one graduate student, marketing and development director, Charlie Metz.

Experiential learning is an integral part of Project DU F.I.L.M. Getting to spend time on a real movie set, or in a podcasting studio, with a mentor in the industry who is an alum of DU is invaluable. If you or anyone you know is interested in contributing to Moving Pictures: The Project DU F.I.L.M. Podcast, please reach out to us at [email protected]. Be sure to follow us on social media via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @projectdufilm. We cannot wait to see where this podcast takes us and would love to have you along for the journey.

Episodes of Moving Pictures are recorded and produced biweekly. You can find the episodes at, as well as on Spotify and iTunes by searching for Moving Pictures: The Project DU F.I.L.M. Podcast. In the first episode, we will be talking to the previous directors of the first two Project DU F.I.L.M. shorts, Happy F-ing Valentine's Day and Scary Lucy: Jeremy Dehn and Marteene Le Diaz, respectively.