Superbowl XLVI Ads Directed by Filmmakers

As it turns out, many of the Superbowl XLVI ads were directed by filmmakers. Slashfilm.com does a great job of highlighting them along with embedded Youtubes of the ads themselves. Here are a few of them, check out Slashfilm.com for the rest. You can also go to NFL’s Superbowl XLVI Commercials page to see them … Continue reading “Superbowl XLVI Ads Directed by Filmmakers”

As it turns out, many of the Superbowl XLVI ads were directed by filmmakers. Slashfilm.com does a great job of highlighting them along with embedded Youtubes of the ads themselves. Here are a few of them, check out Slashfilm.com for the rest. You can also go to NFL’s Superbowl XLVI Commercials page to see them all. Please note that the titles and call numbers in bold are available for check out from the Media Services Home Use Collection.

Craig Gillespie
, director of Lars and the Real Girl – HU DVD 4598 and the 2011 Fright Night remake, directed the Acura “Transactions” spot featuring Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno:

David Gordon Green, director of Pineapple Express – HU DVD 7083, Your Highness, The Sitter, Snow Angels, All the Real Girls, Eastbound & Down – HU DVD 7041 (Season 1), HU DVD 7042 (Season 2) and George Washington, Chrysler’s “Its Halftime in America” spot featuring Clint Eastwood:

Joe Pytka, director of Space Jam – HU DVD 7990, Let it Ride and many famous commercials and music videos, directed Pepsi Max’s “Check-Out” spot:


Lance Acord, cinematographer of films such as Buffalo ’66 – HU DVD 5096, Being John Malkovich – HU DVD 91, Lost in Translation – HU DVD 741 and Where the Wild Things Are – HU DVD 7208, directed Volkswagen’s “The Dog Strikes Back” spot featuring Star Wars:


New Media Center Software Training Sessions this week:

The New Media Center is located on the lower level of the library past the Technology Services desk, next to Media Services. The NMC conducts open workshops on a variety of topics related to multimedia production. These 20 to 30 minute sessions are open to all AU faculty, staff and students with all levels of … Continue reading “New Media Center Software Training Sessions this week:”

The New Media Center is located on the lower level of the library past the Technology Services desk, next to Media Services. The NMC conducts open workshops on a variety of topics related to multimedia production. These 20 to 30 minute sessions are open to all AU faculty, staff and students with all levels of multimedia production experience. There are usually four or five workshops held each week. Check the NMC calendar for the latest schedule. For more information, contact the NMC staff (202) 885-2560.


Sunday, 2/5 at 5pm – Advanced Photoshop
Monday 2/6 at 2pm – Final Cut Pro X: Advanced
Tuesday 2/7 at 12pm –Final Cut Pro X: Advanced
Wednesday 2/8 at 8pm – Advanced Photoshop
Thursday 2/9 at 4pm – Final Cut Pro 7 – Advanced

Friday 2/10 at 12pm – Intermediate Photoshop
Saturday 2/11 at 5:30pm – Get Started with Photoshop

See the complete Spring Training Schedule by date or by topic.

There is a wealth of multimedia training resources available online. AU faculty, staff and students have access to thousands of hours of free training at Lynda.com. Create a personal profile and get started. More information about resources can be found at Multimedia @ AU.

NMC Tip: How to format your hard drive so it is Mac compatible… and why

Hi New Media Center patrons, if you plan to work often in the NMC, strongly consider reformatting your hard drives so they are Mac compatible. Drives that are not Mac-formatted may experience issues reading and writing to and from the drive. Note that reformatting the drive erases it, so patrons are advised to back up … Continue reading “NMC Tip: How to format your hard drive so it is Mac compatible… and why”

Hi New Media Center patrons, if you plan to work often in the NMC, strongly consider reformatting your hard drives so they are Mac compatible. Drives that are not Mac-formatted may experience issues reading and writing to and from the drive. Note that reformatting the drive erases it, so patrons are advised to back up their footage before doing this (or ideally formatting the drive before saving anything to it). Also note that reformatting it for Mac may make it incompatible with a PC. If you need the drive to work on both, consult an NMC staff member.


To reformat the drive:

  1. Plug the drive into any Mac computer. In the upper right corner, click the magnifying glass, then type “disk utility” (note that ‘disk’ has a k).
  2. When the Disk Utility window pops up, you will see your drive in the list in the left hand window. Select the drive.
  3. In the main window on the right, you will see several options across the top. Click on “erase.” Then under “format,” choose “Mac OS (journaled).”
  4. Rename the drive if you wish.
  5. Click “erase.”

First Friday Film Series: The Help – February 3 at 7 & 10pm in the Tavern

First Friday Film Series: The Help Friday, February 3, 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., The TavernJoin us for two special screenings of The Help, based on the #1 New York Times bestseller by Kathryn Stockett. Filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless, universal, and triumphant story about the ability to create … Continue reading “First Friday Film Series: The Help – February 3 at 7 & 10pm in the Tavern”

First Friday Film Series: The Help

Friday, February 3, 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., The Tavern
Join us for two special screenings of The Help, based on the #1 New York Times bestseller by Kathryn Stockett. Filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless, universal, and triumphant story about the ability to create change.
Sponsor: University Center Events and Multicultural Affairs
Contact: Andrew Addison, addison@american.edu

Excerpted from Today@AU

UC Film Series Presents: The Evolution of Zombies Part 1

UC Film Series Presents: The Evolution of Zombies Part 1Night of the Living DeadFriday, February 3, 2012From 6:00pm – 8:30pmMudbox on the Lower Level of the LibrarySponsored by Bender Library and University College

UC Film Series Presents: The Evolution of Zombies Part 1

Night of the Living Dead
Friday, February 3, 2012
From 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Mudbox on the Lower Level of the Library

Sponsored by Bender Library and University College

The 7th Annual Spring 2012 Film Series – Wechsler Theater, 3rd Floor, Mary Graydon Center

AU’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking and Filmmakers for Conservation Present:The 7th Annual Spring 2012 Film Series – February 7 – April 3, 2012Hosted by Chris Palmer and Justine Schmidt Wechsler Theater, 3rd Floor, Mary Graydon CenterAmerican University4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016-8017Directions: http://www.american.edu/maps/Metro: Tenleytown/AU, shuttle bus service to AU Free and Open to the … Continue reading “The 7th Annual Spring 2012 Film Series – Wechsler Theater, 3rd Floor, Mary Graydon Center”





AU’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking and Filmmakers for Conservation Present:
The 7th Annual Spring 2012 Film Series –
February 7 – April 3, 2012
Hosted by Chris Palmer and Justine Schmidt

Wechsler Theater, 3rd Floor, Mary Graydon Center
American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016-8017
Directions: http://www.american.edu/maps/
Metro: Tenleytown/AU, shuttle bus service to AU

Free and Open to the Public
No Reservation Required

For more information, please contact:
Chris Palmer 202-885-3408 or palmer@american.edu

Or visit environmentalfilm.org or filmmakersforconservation.org

Tuesday, February 7 at 7 pm

Shark Week with Executive Producer Brooke Runnette

Brooke Runnette, the key person behind Discovery Channel’s famed Shark Week annual event, will show clips while explaining why Shark Week is so successful, what is does for shark conservation, and the challenges she faces in producing the programs.

Tuesday, February 14 at 7 pm

Defending Eden: Indigenous People, Conservation and Film

How storytelling over multiple media platforms might enable Ecuador’s Waorani people to defend their biologically rich territory from the incursion of industry. Filmmakers Keith Heyward and Jennifer Berglund of Prehensile Productions will discuss their film and their experience as new environmental filmmakers trying to hang on to their values in a competitive industry.

To see the the rest of the schedule go to: environmentalfilm.org