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GTFF Strike at UO

After a 38-year peaceful relationship between the UO administration and the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation, the GTFF is now on strike due failed negotiations regarding their new contract. Spencer Hurbis brings you the story from the University of Oregon campus:

(5) Oregon Ducks volleyball defeats one Washington school and looks to another

The (5) Oregon Ducks were victorious Friday night over the Washington State Cougars winning 3-1.

Despite the Cougars hot start, by winning the first set, and going back and fourth in the fourth set, Duck Kasey Nadie dominated the game with 17 points scored. Teammate Martenne Bettendorf scored 13 kills.

Duck TV sports reporter Lena Bond has more on the victory.

Senior Profile: Joey McMurry, Executive Producer

As a senior focusing on upcoming graduation and as an executive producer dealing with the craziness of overseeing the productions of Duck TV, Joey McMurry has his hands full these last weeks of spring term. With his future aspirations figured out by the time he entered college, McMurry is graduating with a major in Journalism and minors in both Computer Science and Business; all in a matter of three short years.

McMurry is one of the four Executive Producers for Duck TV. He oversees the excitement of the sports section, and creative shows Duck TVEats and Life of Trees. He explains, “I am the person the producers come to if they need anything and I help them deal with filming issues,” but to limit any problems, he makes an effort to attend every shoot. He humbly concludes his job description by continuing, “Basically I just make sure everything gets done.” Doesn’t that sound like a piece of cake? Not the case for this job. Juggling all three shows is anything but easy as McMurry expresses he is constantly on the move getting productions finalized for viewings.

Being an Executive Producer wasn’t always McMurry’s position on Duck TV, but he did start out with a notable position as a freshman. Spring term of his freshman year McMurry became involved with Duck TV when he was first hired as a sports reporter, which eventually lead to anchoring. He admitted, “When I first began with Duck TV I had very little experience in working on TV because a lot of my background was in radio and writing,” so this was considered his first test in television. When asked how he became an Executive Producer, McMurry explained that in general, with sports, people climb the ladder from reporting and anchoring, to producing, then concluding with achieving a job as an “EP.” McMurry’s experience in Duck TV has been different from the typical progression of positions in this organization. Remarkably, McMurry was able to skip the stage of producing by being hired from an anchor straight into the position as an Executive Producer.

On top of being one of Duck TV’s lifeline, McMurry is involved with the Student’s Radio Station as a sports director. Being a part of two demanding organizations, he found that he had to make a decision on which organization to cover sports for. McMurry chose the radio station, but in the end gained the Executive Producer position on Duck TV; this was most definitely a win-win situation for McMurry to prevail in his continuous involvement.

When graduating and leaving the Duck TV community, there are hardly any moments that McMurry won’t miss in all that he has experienced through his work. Portraying more sentiment with this topic McMurry explicitly said, “Most individuals would say they are going to miss the people more than anything,” but he thought this to be too shallow. He went more in depth with his response by explaining although it is true that he will miss the Duck TV community, “What I’m going to miss the most is watching those people produce something that they’re proud of.” For McMurry, the greatest reward is seeing his peers learn how to do something they love, and this is what he will miss the most about the Duck TV family.

 

Written by Serena Motelewski

Edited by Erin Coates

Behind the Trees

If you live in Oregon, then you are familiar with the abundance of trees. But what if these trees had a mind of their own? What would they say if they had the ability to converse with one another? Director Alex Crowson, with a love for nature-documentaries, depicts an image of what this would look like. The Life of Trees is a “mockumentary,” as Crowson calls it, following one year in the life of two trees planted in the Pacific Northwest. Segmented into four episodes, he combines comedy and nature. Each episode takes place during one of the four seasons, beginning in autumn and ending in the summer. The show’s producers, Ry Bashman-Mintz and Stephen Hogan, do everything from editing to assigning music. The show’s lead actors, Nico Hewitt and Peter Frengs, make the show fun and exciting for all audiences in the roles of the two trees.

After being a part of Duck TV last term, Crowson seemed to know the drill. He was the director of photography on the show “Franken Affairs.” Though he has not had any real acting or producing experience, he has done an excellent job directing The Life of Trees. In preparation for writing the show, Crowson outlined his ideas for the entire series, making sure he knew exactly where he wanted to go with the show. “Ideas began with really boring, normal things, like trees in the park,” Crowson explained. Such ideas sparked into a great and humorous show.

Just like any show or production, there are challenges. Crowson says that his biggest challenge is time. Time plays a key role in producing shows, especially if there is a deadline. Luckily, Crowson’s relentless and hard-working team is able to shoot, edit, and finalize in one to two days. Crowson stated that he would not be able to meet the deadlines without the efficiency of his team.

After the first two episodes, Crowson confidently says the he is extremely pleased with how well the show is being received. He says that it is a lot of fun to sit down and enjoy the show with everyone who is involved. Crowson states, “The Life of Trees is meant to explore the relationship between trees and human communities around them. Also, it’s just fun.” All of the hard work being put into this show has definitely paid off. Crowson is excited for the finale, and hopes that everyone will be looking forward to seeing everything the trees have been through and how it culminates in the last minutes of the last episode: “Summer.”

 

Written by Andrea Rodriguez

Edited by Erin Coates

Hazardous Humor

With high hopes of creating a show that gives the word “crazy” an entirely new meaning comes the comedy Occupational Hazards as it takes viewers into the depths of insanity encountered in a local convenience store. The comedy follows main character, Emiro Blom playing “the worker” at his new job as he confronts peculiar customers while learning to cover the night shift at the store.

Produced by Dan Malloy, Charlie Craft, and Emiro Blom, Occupational Hazards successfully portrays their shared goal to make viewers laugh by experiencing a new level of abnormality. Inspired by Malloy’s personal experience of a late-night run to Seven-Eleven, Occupational Hazards is a perfect mixture between his actual experience and their extremes. He explained that he came up with the idea for his show as he imagined all of the different types of people and obstacles workers must encounter at a job like this. Malloy discussed that after visiting the store and envisioning all the funny scenarios that could possibly happen, he came up with the idea to to bring these visions to life through his show.

With each customer coming in a little crazier than the next, Malloy voiced through laughter, “we tried to come up with the craziest scenarios possible, we want to raise the bar on insanity.” As auditions approached, Malloy asked his friend Emiro if he would be interested in playing the main character, as he felt he cast the role perfectly. Emiro agreed and the two then collaborated their ideas to create a shared vision of the type of actors they were looking for. Dan explained that after that, “everything just sort of fell together in the auditions, we found a person to match every character we had in mind.”

Freshman producer and editor, Dan Malloy is in his third term with Duck TV. He started as a production assistant fall term, working on several different shows, and, with a little experience and excitement, has brought his visions to the screen with Occupational Hazards, which premiered for the first time last week. Malloy hopes to major in cinema studies and continue working in film after he graduates from the University of Oregon. As for Charlie Craft and Emiro Blom, this spring is their first term with Duck TV, but hopefully not their last.

Fortunately, the filming and production of this new show has gone smoothly thus far as a local convenience store, Minit Market, has been extremely helpful in allowing the crew to film during business hours. Malloy even announced that the employees seem to enjoy the entertainment and that they are grateful to have faced such few challenges during the production process.

Along with Emiro, we will meet many different characters as the show progresses, with each customer played by a different actor, owning an entirely new personality and eliciting a higher level of “insanity.” Malloy hopes his new show will create the feel of a “live-action looney tune” with extreme characters and details. He explained that his overall objective is to “get to a certain point of craziness that people will accept it. We are putting no limits on the show.” With strange characters, uncomfortable situations you can’t help but laugh at, and a constant background flow of classical music brings together Occupational Hazards with its second episode determined to be even more bizarre and daring next week.

 

Written by Olivia Singer

Edited by Erin Coates