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UW-Oshkosh professor talks film essentials

By Allyssa Novak

Filmmaker Troy Perkins lectures for Scholars Series in Perry Hall Oct. 15.

photo by Tommy Yang
Filmmaker Troy Perkins lectures for Scholars Series
in Perry Hall Oct. 15.

Filmmaker Troy Perkins presented Film Essentials in the Communication Arts Center's Perry Hall Oct. 15.

The presentation included a slideshow of important movie titles and actors that have greatly influenced Perkins' career, as well as ideas that are important when stepping into the film industry.

"Learning about the behind the scenes and how a film was made was very interesting. It was very informative and laid back. I am currently studying film, so I felt like I learned quite a bit of useful information," sophomore Mariah Tralongo said.

During the event, Perkins showed and explained many video clips.

Each audience member was given a list of movies dating back to the 1900s.

One of the main actresses Perkins focused on was Lillian Gish, expressing that she was the ultimate star of her time and a role model for all other films.

"There are a lot of films I need to see. I already knew a lot of what he went over from my own research, but I didn't know about Lillian Gish. I was glad he went to greater lengths to talk about those subjects after showing the video clip," freshman and film major Luke School said.

In addition to being a filmmaker, Perkins is also an associate professor of TV, radio and film at UW-Oshkosh.

"I attended this Scholars Series because I knew that Troy is a film teacher at UW-Oshkosh and I will be transferring to Oshkosh to study film," Tralongo said.

"It seemed in my best interest to go."

For Perkins, having a theatre minor and a film major created many career opportunities for him.

He attended UW-Oshkosh as an undergrad before declaring film as his future profession.

"Troy is a very knowledgeable, intelligent person who is enthusiastic about film. I initially learned of him and his work when I toured UW-Oshkosh for their Radio/TV/Film major," School said.

During the summer months, Perkins gave this presentation at the UW-Oshkosh for one of their summer programs.

His wife Frances Perkins introduced him as a speaker.

Frances Perkins is an associate professor of communications and theatre arts at UW-Fox, as well as a filmmaker herself.

"I had suggested my husband and colleague as a speaker because of he had already given this presentation previously and the audience's reactions were very positive," Perkins said.

Although they are married, Frances explained that she had no hand in creating and organizing the presentation.

She was impressed with what her husband displayed, and even mentioned learning some material she wasn't familiar with.

"I like the way he handled it. All in all, it was a success. My hope is that those who attended learn from the experience," Perkins said.

Scholars Series events are designed to educate about what life after college has to offer, along with insight to different issues and opinions present in our society.

"I decided that it would be a good idea to learn about more about film from an expert, so I took advantage of the opportunity. My time was very well spent," School said.

Most attendees agreed the presentation was a valuable learning experience.

"I think it's really nice that students can go to these Scholar Series events. Hearing Troy Perkins speak and seeing how much he loves film really gives me the confidence to further my education in what I love too," Tralongo said.

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