Each Spring, Ball State hosts the Cinema Entertainment Immersion showcase, which features short films written, starring, produced and directed by Ball State students spanning several departments, including the English department. Below, English professor Dr. Matt Mullins provides a brief explanation of this exciting event as well as his involvement with it. This year, CEI will present five short films on Wed., April 25th at 7 PM in Pruis Hall. Be sure to check out this exciting event.
Here Comes the Cinema Entertainment Immersion
The Cinema Entertainment Immersion (CEI) is an annual collaborative immersion program involving Ball State students from English, TCOM and Theater. What’s it all about? In a nutshell: Short films written, produced and starring Ball State students.
The CEI begins during the Fall Semester in the classroom of Professor Matt Mullins as his screenwriting students learn the ins and outs of cinematic storytelling and develop original, short scripts suitable for production here at Ball State. At the end of the semester Dr. Mullins selects the top fifteen or twenty “CEI appropriate” scripts written by his students over the course of the semester. Of these, five are chosen for production.
These five scripts go into production at the beginning of the Spring Semester. The Theater Department auditions and casts student actors for the principal roles, and Telecommunications students work in teams to direct and produce the films. The finished films, which are entirely the product of Ball State students, are then screened at the annual CEI Showcase.
This year’s Cinema Entertainment Immersion Showcase will be held on April, 25th at 7:00 PM in Pruis Hall. Hope to see you there for this screening of compelling, original student work.