Students showcase creative skills in new science fiction web series
Students from the media, journalism and film department at Missouri State University recently launched their first online web series, “Epilogue.” Approximately 100 students were involved in the development and production of this unique show.
The series was conceived and executed primarily under the faculty guidance of Assistant Professors Diana Botsford, Dr. Deborah Larson and Colby Jennings. Showcasing the many talents of students in the College of Arts and Letters, the six episodes were written by students in media, journalism and film’s screenwriting program, produced by students in the media and multimedia production programs, and directed by an electronic arts major and a graduate student in communication.
“Epilogue” also stars theatre and dance students and alumni, uses costumes created by students studying fashion design, and uses original music by a music composition major.
“This is a wonderful testimony to the power of creative collaboration at Missouri State University. It took students and faculty from multiple departments and disciplines three semesters to produce this science fiction series about time travel and a worldwide plague,” said Mark Biggs, head of the media, journalism and film department.
Two of the six episodes are available to view online, with the remaining four scheduled to debut in July and August.
“Epilogue” synopsis: When a modern worldwide plague becomes resistant to all cures, time-travelers must seek answers in a legendary 14th century rural French village known for its immunity to the original Bubonic Plague. The team gets more than they’ve bargained for when the inevitable twists of time travel force them into discovering the modern plague’s origins – ending in an unexpected confrontation to prevent humanity’s extinction.
College of Arts and Letters
The College of Arts and Letters supports more than 45 undergraduate and 10 graduate programs. The college incorporates seven academic departments, including art and design; communication; English; media, journalism and film; modern and classical languages; music; and theatre and dance, and five interdisciplinary programs: antiquities; electronic arts; global studies; linguistics; and musical theatre. The College of Arts and Letters promotes learning, scholarship and service to the broader community in all aspects of human communication — spoken, written, visual, musical, dramatic and electronic.
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