College of Visual and Performing Arts

Department of Visual Communication and Design

Haig David-West,
Department Chair and Professor

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
2101 E. Coliseum Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499

Office: Visual Arts Building
Room: VA213
Hours: Mon - Fri 8 am - 5 pm

Phone: 260-481-6709
Fax: 260-481-6707

Fine Arts | Music | Theatre | VCD

Department of Visual Communication and Design


Film Premiere at Cinema Center

After more than two years of work, Cerulean is set to premiere at the Fort Wayne Cinema Center on Friday, August 9 at 8:15 p.m. Visual Communication and Design Visiting Instructor Allen Etter and his students have lived with Cerulean as their constant companion throughout the lengthy directing, filming and editing process and they are excited for the region to see the results of their hard work and diligence.

Cerulean, a student driven independent film about a group of people stranded on an increasingly hostile world, is set far off in the future. When a power struggle erupts between the five, violence and death soon follow. Unbeknownst to them, a sixth individual is on the planet, keeping close watch on their actions.

The students filmed on location on the IPFW campus, Franke Park in Fort Wayne, Bluffton, Indiana and Ireland. They also were responsible for acting, camera work, computer graphic effects, stunt coordination, color balancing, soundtrack and second unit directing. IPFW students and alumni who performed in the project were Maggie Dye, Josh Adams, Luke Hathaway, James Baker, Debbie Ngo and Allegra White. A complete list of the crew is in their web site. They will be entering the film in a number of national film festivals including the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival, which features films, screenplays and music videos.

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Gabbard’s Photography Featured

VCD continuing lecturer and international photographer Jim Gabbard has had two photographs from the Dominican Republic accepted in the juried gallery exhibit for the 1650 Gallery in Los Angeles title “I’ll Be Your Mirror” Portrait Photography Exhibition. The exhibition focuses on great portraiture and the challenge of capturing the personality behind the person. Expertise in this area of photographic art requires both technical know-how and an artist’s eye, combining technique, intuition and empathy. When done right, the unseen power of persona comes into focus and, as if by magic -- personality seems to jump from the page. View his contribution to this upscale online gallery

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