San Diego Christian College (SDC) is pleased to announce the hire of Marc Hutchins, Executive Director of Alexander Films, as the head of film and media studies in the Department of Communication. Beginning fall 2017, Professor Hutchins will oversee film courses as well as the production of an annual feature film at the College.

After serving with the Marines in Desert Storm, Hutchins taught for several years in Virginia before launching Alexander Films, a full-service production company specializing in narrative storytelling. Through his role at AF, Hutchins became an award-winning director: He currently has two feature films streaming and two in international distribution. His recent releases include Crossing Streets, a police drama, and Where Are You, Bobby Browning? a romantic comedy.

Hutchins brings a fully equipped mobile film studio to SDC, including full production gear and post-production resources such as 4K cameras, lighting and grip gear, sound equipment, and iMac workstations. Students will train in a laboratory model with the intention of earning IMDB film credit prior to graduation.

Hutchins’ goal is to create a practitioner approach to filmmaking at the undergraduate level, and he says this modern approach to film and media will offer varied options for unique student callings and interests: “This program will teach students the incredible power of visual media and how they can use their talents for missions outreach, for influencing the Hollywood engine, and for creating life-changing entertainment.”

SDC film students will take courses in screenwriting, directing, producing, lighting, cinematography, marketing, distribution, and advanced storytelling techniques. They will then put their knowledge to work through the production of an annual feature film. “SDC students will gain practical skills in supporting ministries, ushering in social change, and using media to positively impact the world,” Hutchins said. In addition to his directing fieldwork, Professor Hutchins brings classroom experience from his MFA degree work at Full Sail University.

The Department of Communication at San Diego Christian College offers emphases in film and media, broadcast journalism and interpersonal communication. Prospective students interested in learning more about the program should contact the Department Chair, Dr. Lisa Dunne, at ldunne@sdcc.edu.

 

Photo by Suzannah Hutchins via imdb.com