10 Holiday Gift Ideas Any Film Major Will Love

10 Holiday Gift Ideas Any Film Major Will Love

Affordable gifts every film major will love.


It's that time of year where you are looking for the perfect gifts your loved ones. If you are having trouble shopping for the film major or film lover in your life, then look no further. These gifts are perfect for any aspiring film majors that are super hard to shop for.

1. Gourmet Popcorn 


Popcorn is a staple for movie watching, and it's personally my favorite food. Gourmet popcorn may be hard to find in your city, but Garrett Popcorn in Chicago delivers right to your door. Each bucket of popcorn varies depending on size and flavor, but a classic bucket of buttery popcorn goes for $28.

2. DVDs


If they still collect DVDs then this is a great gift. Just make sure you check their collection so you don't get them any duplicates.

3. iTunes/Amazon/Google Play Gift Cards


This is a perfect way your movie lover can still get movies if they don't like collecting physical DVDs.

4. The Wes Anderson Collection

This book is an overview of every Wes Anderson film. It features previously unpublished behind-the-scenes photos, artwork, and ephemera.

You can buy it on Amazon for $38.99

5. A Lens Mug

This mug is perfect for drinking coffee during late night writing/editing sessions. Plus, it creates the illusion that you are drinking from a camera lens which will freak some people out if you are into that.

You can get it on Amazon for $22.95

6. Funko Pop Vinyl Figures


Funko Pops are the perfect decoration if you are wanting to add some character for your desk or bookshelf. You can buy them for around $22 at various retail stores or on Amazon.

7. External Hard Drive


This is a must-have for anyone who has large files on their computer. This Allows you to take more photos and video while still having plenty of memory on your computer.

Get a 2T external hard drive from Amazon for $59.99.

8. 100 Movie Scratch Off Poster


This Poster is A way to challenge your movie lover to get out of their comfort zone and watch more films. You can make a bet with them and see how many films on this list they can watch in 2019.

Get it here for $15.00.

9. Bluetooth Headphones

Bluetooth headphones are perfect for anyone who spends long hours on their computer writing or editing. You can use them to block out the noise or give people the illusion that they are super focused so they won't be bothered while they are working.

Get a pair of JBL T450 Headphones on Amazon for $34.99

10. A Memory Card


You can never have enough memory cards, especially when you are working in film.

You can get a 64 GB SD card on Amazon for $23.

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What Where You Study Says About You, As A College Student AND A Person

Are you more of a quad studier or a hipster coffee joint kinda gal?

Coming into college, you were probably given the advice "make sure you find a good place to study early on." So what does where you study say about your personality?

1. The Library

You're either boring, traditional or you get unfocused super easily and you need dead silence to study. Do what you gotta do.

2. Starbucks

If you study at Starbucks you probably like to study in a social environment. Maybe you're in a major that has a ton of group projects or maybe you'd rather just be surrounded by your friends and sipping on a vanilla chai latte while you make note cards.

3. The Local Coffee Shop

If you study at a local coffee shop, it's because your entire lifestyle is fueled by caffeine and caffeine alone. Oh, and maybe because you like high-waters and wide-brimmed hats, you hipster.

4. The Quad

If you study on the Quad, you're probably not very easily distracted by cute dogs or cute boys. You're probably also pretty outdoorsy and you hate it to be locked up in the library with such beautiful weather.

5. Your Church Student Center

You study here for one of two reasons. 1) all of your friends from church study here and you want to talk to them while you study 2) you want to be able to easily slip off into the church to pray for your GPA when you're feeling stressed.

6. Your Room

Major kudos to people who study in their room. I don't see how you aren't distracted by your bed that isn't made, or your closet that needs to be organized, or your photo album from high school or literally anything in your room but if you can manage to study in your room without getting distracted then you keep doing you.

7. Your Sorority/Fraternity House

If you study in your sorority or fraternity house it's more than likely because you either need study hours every week and can only log them in the house, or because you're feeling homesick and studying on the couch, in your pajamas while talking to your house mom feels reminiscent of high school.

8. A Combination

If you're anything like me you've studied in all seven of these places and it really just depends on the day of the week, the class you're studying for and your mood. I can shut myself away in the library for hours and get everything done that I need to accomplish, but sometimes I would rather sunbathe on the quad, or get a shot of espresso and coffee cake at Monarch while I'm grinding away at my textbook.

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13 Thoughts Broadcast Journalism Majors Have When Piecing Together Their First News Story

Quiet on the set.


So you've decided that you want to be a Broadcast Journalist?

Many different thoughts go through you're while trying to first off figure out what story you want to pursue. After that, it's just a matter of getting everything that is needed for it and then putting it together.

For all clarity and purposes, I have already turned in my first news story, however as I was completing it, some (if not all) of these thoughts (or a variation of them) came across my mind at some point during the process.

1. Ok, so what are the important parts to my story?


And how do I convey those things to my viewers?

2. What b-roll should I get?

B-roll is supplemental or alternative footage intercut with the main shot.

3. Do I have all the interviews I need?


Who are the essential figures in this story?

4. What's my angle? How do I stick to it?

camera angle

Who do I need to interview for it?

5. What questions should I ask in my interview?


And more importantly, What type of questions will get me the answers I want?

6. What are the important facts?


Should they all be included?

7. Do my voice overs cover everything that my interviews don't?


What else is needed for this story?

8. Agh, my video is over the 1 minute and 30 seconds allowed time.


Do I reduce it or do I leave it as is? I guess it depends on how much its over.

9. How should I say my tageline at the end of the video?

tag line

The tagline is when the reporter says their name and their station affiliation at the end of their story.

10. Should I include a standup? Where should it be?


What do I want to say?

11. Should I include a graphic?

news graphics

Is there something that can be said in a list form that the viewers need to see? Is it symptoms of a disease? Event details?

12. How do I make my interviews connect with my voice overs?


Does what I am saying make sense?

13. What does my script need to look like?


Should I add a NAT pop here? What SOT (Sound on Tape) do I want to use?

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