An 8.9-magnitude earthquake set off a tsunami, causing death and destruction in Japan.
The extent of the damage in Japan is not fully known, but thousands, likely tens of thousands, died, countless homes were destroyed and the damage has been estimated in excess of $30 billion, making it one of the worst natural disasters of all time.
In these difficult times we, as Christians, should pray for the suffering people of Japan. We should also seek to be the hands and feet of Christ, doing what we can to help the Japanese people in their time of need.
POSTED: Mar 13, 2011 - Broadcasting  Digital Media  Journalism  Public Relations/Advertising  Theatre  Photojournalism  Film Studies  Advertising  Media Communications  

 [Below is a sample of blog posts from Ellen Kay, senior Film Studies minor, who is finishing a semester in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center. For more of Ellen’s musings from this past semester, go to: ]


POSTED: Dec 10, 2009 - Film Studies  

Be sure to come by and check out the updated High Definition editing suite in Jennings 204. This last semester we have upgraded to Final Cut Studio 2, featuring Final Cut Pro 6, DVD Studio Pro 4, Motion 3, Soundtrack Pro 2, Compressor 3, and the new color correction app, Color. We also upgraded to Creative Suite 3 Design Premium, so you will benefit from Photoshop CS3's new video features, as well as the new Flash CS3 video encoder. Finally, we have added Maya Complete 2008 to the suite! We are excited about this addition to our complement of video and 3D animation tools, and we are thankful to Autodesk for their generous gift. Maya 2008, Final Cut Studio 2, Creative Suite 3

 All of this new software is powered on our MacPro with 2.66GHz quad core processors, 3GB of RAM, and 2TB of storage. And we have added an additional Pa... READ MORE
POSTED: Feb 1, 2008 - Digital Media  Film Studies  

If you get a chance, be sure to go to one of the screenings at the Gillette/Tracy film series, held throughout the year at the homes of Jonathan Gillette, assistant professor of art, and Cam Tracy, web development agent and instructor of digital media studies. The series explores "the strange and unique and extraordinary."

For up to date information about the series, go to their Facebook group.

Recent films include:
Evil (or Ondskan) (2003)
Okie Noodling (2001)
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price (2005)
loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies (2006)
Adaptation (2002)
The Thin Blue Line (1988)
POSTED: Nov 19, 2007 - Digital Media  Film Studies  

 I discovered a great book when I was in LA last year at a CCCU Cinema Studies conference. The book is Behind the Screen: Hollywood Insiders on Faith, Film and Culture, edited by Spencer Lewerenz and Barbara Nicolosi of Act One, Inc., a non-profit training and formation program for Hollywood writers and executives. The book features essays from numerous Christians who are working as writers, directors and producers in Hollywood. If you have an interest in working in Hollywood, or you just want to better understand the challenges Christians face trying to shape our culture, then you must read this book!


 Behind the Screen: Hollywood Insiders on Faith, Film and Culture

 I cannot just pick out one essay that is my favorite. The essays, though written in isolation from one another, combine together to create a unified, holistic argument for Christian involvemen... READ MORE
POSTED: Nov 13, 2007 - Film Studies  


LA Film Studies Center
Do you get thrown out of movie nights because you can't quit analyzing the flick? Do you compare today's moneymaker to the classics? Do you find yourself talking about directors as though you know them personally? Do you think in movie quotes? Have you ever said "pan left" before making a left turn? Perfect. You are the passionate. And the L.A. Film Studies Center (LAFSC) can give you the skills, resources and community to let your passion grow.

Scholarship Banquet with Tony Blair Oct 3, 6:00pm: Carl Perkins Civic Center, Jackson, Tennessee
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will be the keynote speaker for Union University’s 14th annual Scholarship Banquet Oct. 3 at the Carl Perkins Civic Center in Jackson, Tenn. : more event info

Fall Classes Begin Aug 23, 8:00am

Fall Convocation Aug 26, 10:00am: G.M. Savage Memorial Chapel

FOCUS: New Student Orientation Aug 19, 9:00am

Freshmen Registration Jun 20, 9:00am

Communication Arts Awards Banquet May 10, 5:00pm: Grant Events Center
Come out to enjoy a great dinner and celebrate the end of the 2010-2011 school year with all of the Com. Arts faculty and staff. Tickets are $5.00 and will go on sale at the end of April.

UFS Festival Mar 28, 6:00pm: Jackson Campus
March 28 & 29 from 6:00-10:00 pm. Come watch student films and meet the directors. For more information go to

Union Scholarship Symposium May 4, 9:00am: Jackson Campus

Union FIlm Festival: Awards Ceremony Apr 13, 8:00pm: W. D. Powell Memorial Theatre
See the film festival entries and find out who won the awards, including Best Long-form Film, Best Short-form Film, Best Documentary, and the SAC Student Choice Award.: more event info

Union FIlm Festival: Directors Talk Apr 12, 8:00pm: W. D. Powell Memorial Theatre
Come see all the films from this year's Union Film Festival, and hear the directors talk about their projects. All students are eligible to vote on the SAC Student Choice Award. Admission: Free.: more event info