Screen Writing Non Majors Cat Dale


SCREENWRITING (for Non-Majors) Online with Cat Dale

FILM 381-804 05/18/20 - 06/26/20
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After Effects Bootcamp

AFTER EFFECTS BOOTCAMP - Online, 6/29 - 8/07 Summer 2020, Theo Lipfert

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Non Traditional Landscape David Shannon Lier

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Film 381 Summer 2020

Jarmusch, Anderson, Campion & Aronofsky
Summer Session 2020 (May 18 – June 26)
Professor Lucia Ricciardelli - ONLINE COURSE  

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Alexis Pike, Christina Z. Anderson

Please welcome our Interim Co-Directors of the School of Film & Photography, Alexis Pike and Christina Z. Anderson!!  Photographs by alumnus Kelly Gorham.

C Z AndersonCoverage of Christina Z. Anderson giving an art seminar about the many different methods of printing and forms of art at Minot State University by the Minot Daily News!

A glacial erratic, or a rock transported by a glacier and then left behind, balances near the Allan Hills of Antarctica. Van Coller has traveled across most of the Earth photographing paleoclimatology, which was the basis for a 2018 Guggenheim Award.  Ian van Coller

"Photography professor Ian van Coller, a Guggenheim Award winner, recently traveled from the North Pole to an NSF-funded project at the South Pole to document the work of paleoclimatologists studying polar ice." Ian van Coller featured in the Billings Gazette.


Chris Z Anderson

Christina Z. Anderson is off to China and the Lishui Photography Festival! Her work focuses on family snapshots, gender identity, changing landscapes, and contemporary emptiness paintings (Vanitas, a still life painting of symbolic art). It is produced and presented in the classical imagery of the 19th century, mainly in the process of gum dichromate, cheese, salt paper, blue sun and gelatin etching.


Karl Swingle receiving the Khumbu Climbing Center Filmmaker Award from Nepal’s Minister of Tourism KP Sharma Oli at the Grand Opening Ceremony for the Khumbu Climbing Center on June 12, 2019. Karl was a member of the original group of instructors who started the center in 2003 and worked with the program for the first four years. Mr. Swingle was honored at the ceremony for his documentary film and instructional video contributions to the KCC from 2003 to 2019. Bozeman Chronicle article about the trip.  Coverage in of the KCC the Himalayan Times.

Congratulations to Cat Dale (BEASTS UNDISCOVERED) on becoming a Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting quarter-finalists!!

Tenzin Phuntsog and Joy Dietrich continue their festival run at the 42nd AAIFF in New York. "Rituals of Resistance" screens Sunday July 28th, 12:30 PM at the Asia Society NYC.
Charles Burt and Omar Parker, current undergraduate students in the School of Film and Photography and executive producers, have their film Anna (2019) premiering in the 72nd Cannes Film Festival in competition for the Short Film Palme d’Or!
Jake Whittenberg, alumnus and End Newscaster for King 5 in Seattle was nominated in the Evening News category.

Shawn Newton, a former SFP undergraduate student, and Director of Creative Content at MTN Montana Television Network, was nominated for nine Northwest Regional EMMYs for his work in Under the Big Sky series.

Undergraduate alumni Phillip Baribeau (2004) and William Lake Springstead (2013) and MFA alumnus George Potter (2006) were nominated along with SFP Professor and MFA Program Director Dennis Aig for a Northwest Regional EMMY for their work on the Montana State University commercial “Think Outside Expectations: MSU’s women in Engineering. ”  MSU President Waded Cruzado and MSU Director of Marketing and Creative Services Julie Kipfer and Marketing Strategist and Writer Hillary-Anne Crosby were also nominated for their contributions to the production.

MSU alumnus Matt Wheat  (2014) was nominated for his work on an episode of UNDER THE BIG SKY.

Johnny Holder, currently a student in the school of Film and Photography’s MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking Program, won first place in the Student Category at the Bigfork International  Film Festival for his film “Beyond Bars.” MFA student Jess Portuondo won second place in the student category for her film “The Battered Wife.” MFA student Cynthia Matty-Huber’s film “I Am Still Here” was screened at both Bigfork and the Poppy Jasper film Festival in San Jose, California.

Alumni of the MFA in the Science and Natural History Filmmaking Program are strongly represented at the International Wildlife Film Festival taking place in Missoula this week through Friday, April 19. The Festival Schedule may be found at

The alumni and their films are the following:

Former MFA Visiting Professor Rick Rosenthal is also represented at IWFF by Whale Wisdom.

Color Me Lucky, by Alexis Pike "Risk, reward: Photos explores daredevil mentaility at Evel Knievel" by Cory Walsh is an article in the Missoulian about Alexis Pike and her work.

Simon Dixon, who taught film studies,  was a good friend of the School of Film and Photography passed away. Simon was one of the kindest, funniest people to cross our paths. Recently, Simon was teaching in the Honors College. His wife Jan is a professor at the MSU Library.

There will be a campus-wide memorial service for Simon Dixon who taught in Honors, Film, and English at MSU, on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at 2:15 pm in Inspiration Hall, at the Norm Asbjornson Building with a reception afterwards. This memorial is being sponsored by Honors and organized in concert with Jan’s family, and other campus friends.

Alexis Pike's book Color Me Lucky by Aint-Bad is released. Color Me Lucky examines the allure of risk with Evel Knievel acting as the metaphor. The book addresses the female perspective of a daredevil in her own right. Congratulations Alexis!!

Congratulations to David Shannon-Lier on being featured in the article "CAPTURING TERRESTRIAL TRACINGS OF THE COSMIC MACHINE" of!!

Cate DaleAssistant Professor Cat Dale recently signed a screenwriting assignment with ELEVEN ARTS Studios for a feature film project. Congrats Cat!!

The Adobe Creative Cloud collection of software is available to all MSU undergraduate students at no additional cost through MSU's Adobe Enterprise agreement. 

Alexis Pike is featured in AINT—BAD, An Independent Publisher of New Photographic Art.

Tenzin Phuntsog and Joy Dietrich's feature documentary "Rituals of Resistance" gets its US Premiere on Oct 21st, NYC at the Margaret Mead Film Festival.

MSU professors Christine Stanton, Lucia Ricciardelli and Jioanna Carjuzaa, along with MSU students collaborating in Digital Storywork Partnership that offers a series of filmmaking and research workshops to members of tribal communities. More from MSU News Service.

MSU students Omar Parker and Charlie Burt's film production company Egerton Crescent Productions offering financing help, management, organization, and accounting goes international! More from KBZK.... and MSU News Service.

Former MSU theatre instructor and current actor Bill Pullman will be awarded an MSU honorary doctorate!

Ian Van Coller - "MSU photography professor wins Guggenheim Fellowship for project that melds science and art" ---Coverage by KBZK 04/10/18

Milestones in 2017/2018

  • Christina Sauer was awarded a Jackson Hole Film Festival Fellowship.
  • Jason Roehrig's (MFA student) film for Western Landowners won a Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in New York City. 
  • Alumnus Kyle Eaton, now a Portland Oregon based filmmaker is on the festival circuit with his first feature  file "Shut Up Anthony".
  • Unbranded and Charged produced by Dennis Aig and directed by alumnus Phillip Baribeau wins numerous awards.
  • Christina Anderson's book Salted Paper Printing is published and available on Amazon and bookstores.
  • Ian van Coller's artist books including The Last Glaciers have been acquired by Yale, Kruizenga Art Museum, University of Wisconsin Madison, and Stanford.
  • Alexis Pike was a featured speaker at the Society for Photographic Education at Oregon State University.
  • Faculty members Tenzin Phuntsog, Andrew Nelson, and Lucia Ricciardelli were awarded Scholarship and Creative Grants.
  • Tenzin Phuntsog was awarded a Montana Film Grant.
  • Tenzin Phuntsog was invited to speak at the National Gallery in Singapore and the University of Netherlands.
  • Joy Dietrich directed and produced ten videos for the Center of Mental Health Research & Recovery for a pilot program to aid rural Americans.
  • Karl Swingle is working on a film funded from a grant from the Montana Humanities.
  • Jim Joyce won a Mary Edsel McClaughlin grant and traveled to Macedonia to film.

MSU professor Ian Van Coller focuses camera on vanishing glaciers!

Alexis Pike and her wonderful photography students in Pro Practices!! Fast forward to 7:48 minute mark to see the KBZK coverage!! 

HFV ProjectIn May 2017, Architecture graduate students, Reverend Campbell-Pearson and community volunteers began the construction of a prototype tiny house  for the homeless under the supervision of Professors Ralph Johnson and Bill Clinton of MSU's School of Architecture. The building process was documented by graduate students MFA film graduate students Jessica Portuondo, Evangeline Koonce and Dan Larson under the guidance of MSU Film Professor Lucia Ricciardelli. This cross-disciplinary collaboration demonstrates the potential of faculty and students to share both their professional skills and responsibility to serve outreach to our community. Portuondo, Koonce, and Ricciardelli are producing a documentary film following this HFV Project.

Clip: Building the HFV Tiny House Prototype by Jessica Portuondo (August 2017) 

MFA students Annie White, Caitlin Bailey, and Emily Narrow interviewed onboard the NOAA ship, Okeanos Explorer.

Emmy Award winning filmmaker and SNHF alumna Jaime Jacobsen and MontanaPBS has been awarded $499,988 from the National Institute of Standards and Technology to produce the film, “The Last Artifact,” about the international race to redefine the standard for the kilogram. She will be collaborating with several award winning MSU alumni filmmakers.  Ed Watkins of Abbey Gateway Productions, will serve as the co-producer and co-director of the film; Rick Smith will be the director of photography; Parker Brown, sound; and Stefanie Watkins, also of Abbey Gateway Productions, will serve as the film's editor. Scott Sterling, senior producer at MontanaPBS, will serve as the film's colorist and online editor; and Aaron Pruitt is the associate general manager and director of content at MontanaPBS. Congratulations to all associated with this project! We look forward to screening the film.

Tippet Rise's recently launched YouTube channel! Kathy Kasic directed, shot films, and supervised student interns. Much of the concert performance footage was taken by our SNHF grad students interns Billy Collins, Katie Mullen, and two audio interns - one from the MSU School of Music - Jake Pickett.

The Last GlacierThe limited edition art book, The Last Glacier (2015), by Ian van Coller, Todd Anderson (Clemson University) and Bruce Crownover (Tandem Press), has been acquired by  the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Library of Congress,  the New York Public Library, UW-Madison Special Collections, Clemson University in South Carolina, the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, and by other private collectors.  The book is an edition of 15 and contains 23 woodcuts and photographs of the receding glaciers in Glacier National Park, MT.