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World-builder and set designer to lecture at GSU

Alum Timothy Earls to impart tricks of the trade to summer students Monday


May 23, 2016

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    Timothy Earls, a Georgia Southern alumnus and an accomplished set designer and art director of over 20 years, will be giving a presentation to students this Monday, May 23, at 2 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre.
    Earls, a graduate of GSU’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS), received his BFA in graphic design in 1992. Since then, he’s worked on multiple high-profile films and television shows such as Star Trek: Voyager, Serenity (the movie companion to Joss Whedon's Firefly series), Valentine’s Day, Glee and, most recently, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
    Earls’s speech will focus on topics such as the basic facets of film design, milestones in his career, and how his time studying under GSU’s Communication Arts program helped prepare him for his career in the film industry.

    “Hopefully, my presentation will give the students a basic understanding of what happens behind the scenes, what’s to be expected on a set, what a career in film design entails, and how learning about architecture and other fields of study at Georgia Southern can help them later in their careers,” Earls said.
    Earls, who lives in California, would not normally be able to make such a quick stop at his alma mater. Luckily, he is in the area this summer because he is currently working on Fast 8, the eighth installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise, which will be filmed in Atlanta.

    The Department of Communication Arts is overjoyed at the opportunity presented at having yet another opportunity for an experienced, successful alumnus to speak with their students about topics directly related to what they’re studying.
    “We’re taking advantage of his knowledge,” Sue Bunning, the CLASS Development Officer, said.

    The presentation will then shift toward a Q&A segment near the end, giving students the opportunity to ask lingering questions about the industry and hear additional first-hand accounts of the work involved with concept, film and set design.


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