Doug MacHugh

BA, New England College. MFA, Sarah Lawrence College. Peace Corps, El Salvador. Writer of PSAs, commercials, industrials, and documentaries. Script writer and talent director at Gates Productions for 80 hours of local and regional live television in Los Angeles; one of two conceptual designers for Mitsubishi’s Waterfront Project, creating 32 amusement park attractions; creative producer of Red Monsoon, a feature film shot in Nepal. Film acting credits include Clean and Sober, Alien Nation, Come See the Paradise, and Weird Science; television acting credits include Guiding Light, Law and Order, Cheers, Quantum Leap, LA Law, and Night Court; stage credits include Holy Ghost, End Game, Zoo Story, Fishing, and Wat Tyler; directing credits include Platypus Rex, Mafia on Prozac, The 17th of June, North of Providence, Only You, To Kill A Mockingbird, and The Weir. Co-director and co-producer of SLC Web Series, “Socially Active,” Web feature film Elusive, and television pilot “Providers.” Recipient of two [Los Angeles] Drama-Logue Critics’ Awards for acting. SLC, 2000–

Course Information

Current undergraduate courses

Close Up and Personal

Year

Great camera work demands intimacy, emotional adaptability, risk, and connection. Students will learn how to maintain an organic experience in spite of the rigid technical restrictions and requirements. During the fall semester, we will work on cold-reading techniques, emotional expansion exercises, and scenes from published works. In the second semester, we will put original monologues and scenes on camera. We will use a monitor playback system for reviewing work to help identify specific problems.

Faculty

The Webisodics Project/Web Series Asylum

Year

During the fall semester, we will develop—through the theatrical exercises, extensive improvisations, and intensive character creation—an original concept that, during the spring semester, will be shot and edited over the following year.

The final concept will be determined by class input and the outcome of the creative process. Some characters will expand, some compress, some will go the way of the Tasmanian Tiger. The object is not to have the biggest role, the most dialogue, or the most scenes but to create the best collaborative ensemble work possible within the timeframe and academic constraints. The past three Web series ensembles have proudly created the Web series Socially Active, which can be viewed online at http://vimeo.com/channels/sociallyactive); the Web feature Elusive, which will be submitted to various film festivals this spring; and the one-hour dramatic pilot Providers, which is in its final postproduction stage and will be festival- or Web-released later this year.

Faculty

Current graduate courses

Close Up and Personal

Year

Great camera work demands intimacy, emotional adaptability, risk, and connection. Students will learn how to maintain an organic experience in spite of the rigid technical restrictions and requirements. During the fall semester, we will work on cold-reading techniques, emotional expansion exercises, and scenes from published works. In the second semester, we will put original monologues and scenes on camera. We will use a monitor playback system for reviewing work to help identify specific problems.

Faculty

The Webisodics Project/Web Series Asylum

Year

During the fall semester, we will develop—through the theatrical exercises, extensive improvisations, and intensive character creation—an original concept that, during the spring semester, will be shot and edited over the following year.

The final concept will be determined by class input and the outcome of the creative process. Some characters will expand, some compress, some will go the way of the Tasmanian Tiger. The object is not to have the biggest role, the most dialogue, or the most scenes but to create the best collaborative ensemble work possible within the timeframe and academic constraints. The past three Web series ensembles have proudly created the Web series Socially Active, which can be viewed online at http://vimeo.com/channels/sociallyactive); the Web feature Elusive, which will be submitted to various film festivals this spring; and the one-hour dramatic pilot Providers, which is in its final postproduction stage and will be festival- or Web-released later this year.

Faculty

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