Southern film students are gaining hands-on experience working on the School of Visual Art and Design’s latest feature film, which began production this summer. Filmed in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Belly of the Whale is currently in post-production. The project was written and directed by Nicholas Livanos, M.F.A., associate film professor, and produced by David George, M.F.A., film program coordinator — both graduates of Southern.
“This film is helping me see what I want to do with my degree,” said Sydney Tooley, a 2017 film graduate. “And, it looks good on a resume to have a feature film under your belt.”
Belly of the Whale is a light-hearted tale involving a high school play about Jonah and a reluctant math teacher, Theodore Pitts, tasked with directing the play. The story explores the underlying spiritual struggle that Jonah and Pitts have in common.
Film production students are involved in every aspect of the project, from working on set to post-production editing, color correcting, music and audio refining, and more.
“I can say with certainty that there is learning going on in every moment,” George said. “Students are getting a lot out of this experience.”
Southern Adventist University | October 2017