Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Spiritual movie producer speaks with students

     ORLANDO, Fla. -- David Nixon produces and directs Christian themed movies from his Orlando based film production company, Possibility Pictures. His past two films were small budget projects that have grossed over 100 million dollars combined and have been released all over the world. Nixon came to speak with students and staff at Valencia’s West Campus on Thursday, Dec. 3 to discuss his next film entitled, "Letters to God."

     "Movies have such a power to touch people’s hearts and change their perception," said Nixon. When asked why he has decided on a Christian based message Nixon said, "I know that these movies have that power to touch people’s lives."

     The film, "The Passion of the Christ," produced and directed my Mel Gibson six years ago, was also an independent Christian themed movie that went on to make more than 370 million dollars at the U.S box office. This success inspired Hollywood to start looking into what they now saw as an underappreciated market. With his film, "Facing the Giants," Nixon was surprised to see, not only interest in the film, but they were looking to give it the normal distribution as opposed to a limited release.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Local artists get support from major bookstore

     ORLANDO, Fla. – Fernando Fonseca a local guitarist and song writer is working to get his music to the world. He remains true to his unique music style that he brings to Barnes & Noble shoppers on colonial.

     Fonseca has played guitar for over 20 years, and his influences on the guitar have been; Eric Johnson, Ottmar Liebert, and Juan Carlos Quintero to name a few. The style of his guitar playing is flavored with tastes of bossa, flamenco, jazz, and classical, blending sounds of America with the Mediterranean.

     Fonseca enjoys playing at Barnes & Noble “Because of the fine job that they do in promoting, and working with an artist to bring something to the audience,” Fonseca said. This is his fourth show in the past year, and he likes that this busy store never has an empty seat.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Is public speaking hazardous to your health?

     KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Professor Ronald Colburn has taught speech classes at Valencia’s Osceola campus for nearly 20 years. He recently gave an open workshop lecture on the mental and physical effect of stress involved with public speaking.
    
     “You can control your nerves it just takes practice” Colburn said to start off his lecture. Colburn has seen everything that a nervous student can demonstrate from stopping mid-speech, fainting, and even a student who cried throughout her speech.
    
     The students attending the lecture were asked to write down their questions for Colburn to answer. After the sixth and seventh question about controlling nerves, laughter was ringing out among everyone in attendance. People fear being judged for mistakes they make, but there truly is nothing to fear but fear itself.
    
     A few students were asked to stand behind the podium in the front of the auditorium. Important points were made about proper body poster, and the students were asked how they feel. “I feel fine but if I had to give a speech I don’t know” one student said.
    
     When asked about his own nervousness during a speech Jerald Bentil said “I just get nervous at the beginning but it goes away.” His friend Larans Hyppoilte pointed out “I’m only here for my bridges scholarship requirements.”
    
     Speech class tends to be a requirement for most majors, so issues of stress involved with public speaking will affect most students attending college. “Practice is the best way to help you control your nerves” said professor Colburn. “Altogether the lessons learned from public speaking helps students become more aware of themselves and the people around them.”

By- James Tutten
jtutten@valenciavoice.com

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