CREDENTIALS: MFA, drama (film and video production), University of North Carolina
EXPERIENCE: 20 years of teaching, seven years in Calvin's media production department
MAJOR AWARDS: won an Emmy for his film Falloff; producted the award-winning The Hope of the Quechua and A Shared Space, both with Calvin student crews.
Professor Brian Fuller is known for challenging his students to produce high-quality work while also teaching the importance of virtue in media production.
“At Calvin we very specifically connect what we do behind the camera with the kind of people we want to be. I’m looking for an intersection here between a camera angle and ... loving my neighbor. Now I’m seeing virtue woven among skill and knowledge.”
In the classroom and outside of it, Professor Fuller teaches the value of teamwork as a critical element in the filmmaking industry. He hires juniors and seniors as media production aides whose job is to help out first- and second-year students. He encourages the same aides to post requests for project assistance on a common bulletin board, giving freshmen and sophmores the opportunity to step up and expand their project reel for future employers.
In such a collaborative environment, developing community among media production majors isn’t difficult—but adding food to the mix also helps.
“The model in scripture is ... ‘we have a difficult task to do; let’s eat.’ It may be Chinese food and a Kung Fu movie at my house, or it’s cooking breakfast for dinner or a Tex-Mex pot luck.”