When the world watched the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards this past weekend, Providence film students got to see an example of what one of their professors does for his “day job”. Alan Armes is a film and television editor in Los Angeles and an affiliate professor of Film & Video Production at Providence.
Professor Armes is an accomplished film editor in Hollywood with a host of film credits including the most recent “E!’s Live from the Red Carpet,”, “After Show,” and “Fashion Police”, all for the annual Emmys Television awards. He has previously worked on most of the major awards shows including the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, Grammy Awards and the Academy Awards.
His work also includes 50 Years of Star Trek along with documentaries Green Lantern: An Exclusive Look and Welcome to Gattaca. He has recently has been adding game show editing to his repertoire, working on “Idiotest” (2 seasons) and the new “Emogenius”, both for GSN (Game Show Network).
When Alan came to teach at Providence in the fall of 2016, he was happy to get involved with education. “I’m thrilled to bring my film and video production knowledge and experiences to the students of Providence, who are part of the next generation of visual storytellers.”
This semester, Professor Armes is teaching Aesthetics of Film. This course examines the influence of technique on film as an art form and on the audience as viewer and participant. Students also examine the interrelationship of technique and content as it expresses directorial and cultural concerns. Students view and critique films seen inside and outside of class.
Students can also take Advanced Film and Video Production from Professor Armes. This course is a continuation of COM 260 which seeks to further knowledge and skills in camera, digital editing, and filmmaking aesthetics. The biblical foundation for the course states: Film & Video is the dominant medium in the world today by which ideas and thoughts are communicated. Whether you want to sell a product, convince someone to believe a concept, or make someone laugh, the film/video format is the most effective and widely accepted channel.
As Reformed Christians, we need to not only understand how good and bad ideas can influence us through the means of film/video, but we should take up the means of producing and creating within this field to the glory of God. To engage and use this powerful medium is to take up the challenge, and there is nowhere better to learn the industry than in Los Angeles.