(Ashland, Ore.) — A group of Southern Oregon University students is getting the opportunity to take a unique look at a local issue that recently made headlines in Ashland: what should be done about the growing population of aggressive deer in the city?
Senior instructor Howard Schreiber, who teaches Advanced Production: Narrative Film in the University’s Communication Department is serving as executive producer for a mockumentary-style film designed to spoof the issue.
The Deer Whisperer is scheduled to begin filming at various locations in Ashland in late May and students in Schreiber’s class will have the opportunity to experience filmmaking far beyond the classroom environment.
“One of the main reasons I wanted to launch this project was to provide learning opportunities for my students,” Schreiber said. “The students have been involved in pre-production work, including obtaining the proper permits, location scouting, actor auditions, and more, and now they will get to actually work on an active film shoot.”
The students will assist professionals in the field to make the film. “These professionals will also be presenting and guest lecturing in class, so this really is an immersive experience for the students,” Schreiber said.
Schreiber plans to screen the film locally and enter it into film festivals in the region.
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