Students at Bethany College at MindFire experienced first-hand what it is like to work on a film set recently in Wichita’s Old Cowtown. Current and former students, under the supervision of faculty members, Shane Wallace and Shawn Rhodes, ran cameras and recorded audio for the short film, “Midnight Shanghai.”
Bethany College Board Member Jason Opat is working as the cinematographer on the film and introduced the students to established Native American actor and the film’s director, Ricky Lee. Students worked all day on the film, capturing footage and editing audio.
“This gives our students a hands-on experience working with real professionals in the industry. Not only in Wichita, but they are making connections in other states as well,” Ed Pogue, director of MindFire. Bethany College at MindFire is in the old Wichita Mall on East Harry Street in Wichita and houses the Department of Digital and Media Arts for the college.
“Midnight Shanghai” is also being filmed in Lamy, New Mexico, just outside Santa Fe. Students will be traveling as time permits to New Mexico to participate in the productions there. MindFire supplied equipment for the shoot and also offers its students use of professional film equipment. Fall 2016 semester starts August 24.