Faculty conversations: Bob Albers
Bob Albers, senior video specialist in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media, is creating new and exciting opportunities for students across the state of Michigan.
His most recent project is the Creative Film Alliance, a joint-collaborative effort between Michigan State University, Wayne State University and the University of Michigan. Its goal is to create an environment for students to learn, create and share projects in film. The effort is meant to create a film culture in Michigan.
The Creative Film Alliance will encourage students to learn about different aspects of film without having to move out west.
“When they want to make a film, people don’t have to go to Hollywood. They can make a film here just as effectively,” Albers said.
Along with his efforts to create a unique film culture in Michigan, he also is creating and supervising 11 new courses for MSU students. The courses will be available for advertising, journalism and telecommunication students who are interested in different aspects of film. The courses will be available to students as early as freshman year.
With Albers’ long history of working in documentary film as a producer, director, cameraperson, writer, editor and executive producer, he will be able to share his knowledge and passion for the industry among students across the state.
He believes the hands-on experience that students obtain from creating films will help them prepare for the future in a variety of ways.
“Yes, it’s about camera, lights, microphones and acting, but it’s about more than that. It’s about solving problems,” Albers said.