DR. MARIO BEGUIRISTAIN

    School of Entertainment and Design Technology

August 1, 2014

       
    GENERAL INFORMATION
 
Mario Beguiristain, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Film

School of Entertainment and Design Technology
Miami Dade College, North Campus
Office 2235-3
11380 N.W. 27th Avenue
Miami, FL 33167

phone:     (305) 237-8319
fax:          (305) 237-1367

email:      mbeguiri@mdc.edu

website:  faculty.mdc.edu/mbeguiri
                 or www.mariofilms.com
 

     
     COURSES, SYLLABI AND POWERPOINTS         

 
Click on Course Number for Syllabus and PowerPoint Lecture Notes 
                            
FIL 1030  History of Film
FIL 1055  American Independent Film
FIL 1100  Screenwriting 1 (Dramatic Structure)
FIL 2611  Film Business, Marketing & Distribution
FIL 2945  Film Internship
MMC 2000  Mass Communication
VIC 1000  Visual Communication
     
      FALL 2014 OFFICE HOURS

 
Please call (305) 237-8319 for an appointment
 
Monday      2:00 PM - 5:30 PM  North 2235-3
Tuesday      2:00 PM - 5:30 PM  North 2235-3
Wednesday      2:30 PM - 3:30 PM  Kendall 9216
Thursday      2:00 PM - 6:30 PM  North 2235-3
Friday      Not Available
     
    EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

 

 

  Click on the name of the school for a link to their film program

Ph.D. in Communication (Cinema),
University of Southern California, 1978

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M.S. in Film Education
University of Southern California, 1975

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B.A. Comparative Literature (French/Spanish)
University of South Carolina, 1970

Film Production Workshop Graduate
New York University, 1967
 

     
     PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY

 
Dr. Mario Beguiristain joined the full-time faculty at Miami Dade College's School of Entertainment and Design Technology after thirty years of experience in the fields of film production, advertising, broadcasting, and television program production. 

Mario has created, written, produced and/or directed hundreds of television and radio commercials and over forty television special programs in English, Spanish and French for the NBC, Univision, CBC and Telemundo television networks.

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     PERSONAL PHOTO ALBUM

 
Click on button below for a look at a 34-page biographical slide show, featuring over 60 personal photographs, many of them taken on the sets of various film and television productions.

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      COMMERCIAL DEMO REEL

  Download speed depends on your Internet connection

1. MegaMoney  "Cuban Astronaut/Intro" :30

2. MegaMoney  "Cuban Astronaut/Sustaining" :30

3. Toyota 4X4 Truck "Truckzan" :30

4. Toyota 4X4 Truck "Pirate" :30

5. FL Lottery Fantasy5  (English version) :30

6. FL Lottery Fantasy5  (Spanish version) :30

View Demo Reel

     
      INTERESTS AND CURRENT PROJECTS
 


 

 

 

"The Actors Studio and Hollywood in the 1950's:
  A History of Theatrical Realism"

 
The Spring of 2007 saw the publication of my Ph.D. dissertation in a rewritten and updated version by The Edwin Mellen Press.

Theatrical Realism was an American film movement of the 1950s noted for its high aspirations to create a significant 'art' cinema.  Ironically, the films that comprise this movement are virtually forgotten today.  As Hollywood's continuation of the Italian Neo-Realist movement, Theatrical Realism was a direct result of the confluence of "Method Acting" as taught by Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio, the screen adaptations of the plays of Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, William Inge and Truman Capote, as well as the teleplays of the Golden Age of Television by Paddy Chayefsky, Rod Serling, Horton Foote and Robert Alan Aurthur, among others.

Reviews:

..."the definitive study of how the interaction between a specific group of film artists and then-prevalent forces in American popular culture resulted in a particular film style that now belongs to history...  This makes for a fascinating read--whether in the quiet, darkened halls of a research library or while lounging under the sun at the beach.  That's something one can't usually say about scholarly works."
                               --Professor Peter Krikes, Loyola Marymount University.

Read The Book

 

 

Telemundo Writers' Workshop

In 2004, Miami Dade College's School of Entertainment and Design Technology entered into a partnership with Telemundo Network to discover, nurture and train Telenovela writers--who are now in demand in the US Hispanic television industry.  On its second successful year, this program concentrated on developing writers for Fiction TV and Digital Media.  I have been in charge of curriculum development for both workshops.  To view the presentations on the Telemundo Writers' Workshop given at the 2005 and 2006 Convocations, please click on buttons below:

Telemundo 2005    Telemundo 2006
 

 

 

 


 


 

The 1950's WideScreen Revolution

Lecture sponsored by MIAMIntelligence presented at the Miami Beach Cin
ematheque on November 14, 2004.

The show features 113 slides with over 500 illustration on the wide screen systems developed in the 1950's, such as Cinerama, CinemaScope, VistaVision, Todd-AO and others.  To view, please... 

WideScreen

 

 

British "Kitchen Sink" Dramas

PowerPoint Presentation for a lecture sponsored by MIAMIntelligence given on April 16, 2005 at the Miami Beach Cin
ematheque on the British Realist Genre of "Angry Young Men Films" or "Kitchen Sink Dramas" that dominated UK Cinema between 1958 and 1964.

The work of directors Tony Richardson, Karel Reisz, John Schlesinger, Lindsay Anderson and Richard Lester is discussed.  To view, please... 

Kitchen Sink

 

 

 

 

The Hanoi Cinematheque Lectures

PowerPoint Presentations for a five-day course given at the invitation of The Hanoi Cin
ematheque, June 6-10, 2005.

"Five Innovations That Shaped Cinema."

Click to View 1. The Invention of Motion Pictures

Click to View 2. The Arrival of Sound

Click to View 3. The Development of Color Cinematography

Click to View 4. The WideScreen Revolution

Click to View 5. Computer Generated Imagery
 

 

  An Accidental Discovery On The Trail Of The CinemaScope Holy Grail

While on vacation in Paris during the Summer of 2007, the author made an unexpected discovery on a pilgrimage to the birthplace of CinemaScope.

Click on the button below to read the whole story as it appeared in "in70mm.com":

CinemaScope

 

  Science Careers: Discover Your Future

During the Spring of 2009, Mario wrote and directed four videos aimed at motivating high school students to pursue careers in science.  The videos were produced by Film Students Kelly Cao, Daunier Estevez, Eric Zaldivar, Elmer Fernandez and Juan Carlos Arias during their Internship Class.

Today the DVD has become an integral part of the advisement process in South Florida High Schools.

Science Careers

 

  MDC Magazine Article

In September of 2008, MDC Magazine's "Those Who Teach" issue featured an in-depth profile of Professor Mario Beguiristain by writer Gariot P. Louima entitled "Final Cut."

Click on the button below to read the article:

MDC Magazine

 

Picture of professor teaching

   

Falcon Times Interview

In March of 2010, Features Editor Jeannie Rodriguez interviewed me for Miami Dade College's North Campus' Student Newspaper The Falcon Times.

The questions ranged from personal to philosophical and you can read the interview by clicking here:

Falcon Times

 

 
"Marti: A Musical Biography
"

Since 2003, I have been working on a theatrical musical biography of Cuban poet/patriot Jose Marti--which includes new English translations of many of his best known works. 

In January of 2010, the Pen Players presented a dramatic reading of the play at MDC's North Campus.  It was attended by over 200 people and was very well received. 

You may read the play in English or Spanish by clicking on the appropriate button below:

English                        Spanish  

 

    ONLINE RESOURCES / LINKS
 

 

 


 


FILM SCHOOL LINKS:

www.mdc.edu/sedt

www.filmschools.com

www.studentfilms.com

http://www.studentfilmmakers.com/news/documentary.shtml

 

 

FILM HISTORY/CRITICISM:

www.imdb.com

www.bfi.org

www.reelcriticism.com

www.davidbordwell.net/blog/

www.sensesofcinema.com

www.filmsite.org

www.theyshootpictures.com

www.widescreenmuseum.com

www.fromscripttodvd.com

www.TrueIndieMovies.com

www.filmforce.ign.com

www.in70mm.com

www.storyofmovies.org/

www.theasc.com

www.xs4all.nl/~wichm/cinindex.html

http://moviemice.com/

http://classes.yale.edu/film-analysis/

http://emanuellevy.com/

http://noiroftheweek.blogspot.com/

http://movingimage.us/pinewood/

http://parallax-view.org/

http://www.cinemadiscourse.com/

http://www.victorian-cinema.net/intro.htm

http://www.filmsite.org

http://www.filmsite.org/filmview.html

http://www.filmsite.org/filmview2.html

http://www.brightlightsfilm.com/69/

http://filmstudiesforfree.blogspot.com/2010/08/movie-journal-of-film-criticism.html

http://www.2-pop.com/article/100552

 

 

 

 

SCREENWRITING:

http://sfy.ru/

www.scripped.com

http://www.imsdb.com

http://www.simplyscripts.com/movie.html

http://www.scenewriterpro.com/links.htm

http://www.blackscreenplays.com/plot.htm

http://www.script-o-rama.com/table.shtml

http://www.screenplays-online.de/screenplay/86

http://www.screenplays-online.de/index.php

http://www.coverscript.com/

http://scriptshadow.blogspot.com

http://www.truby.com/

 

 

 

 

FILM BUSINESS/MARKETING:

http://mikevogel.com/?p=739

www.aintitcoolnews.com

www.boxofficemojo.com

www.variety.com

www.hollywoodreporter.com

www.boxofficeprophets.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UZc0IGjkLE

http://www.reidvanvoris.com/

www.mediacircus.net/moviemarketing.html

www.TrueIndieMovies.com

www.netweed.com/film

www.floridamediamarket.com

www.the-movie-times.com

http://www.deadline.com/hollywood/

http://www.newsreel.org/articles/sffs.htm#4.1

http://www.dvcreators.net/usc-intellectual-property-technology-law-clinic-wins-copyright-exemption-for-filmmakers/

http://slated.com/

http://www.teachersalaryinfo.com/resources/film-stars-and-their-salaries.html

http://www.2-pop.com/article/100552

http://slated.com/

http://www.teachersalaryinfo.com/resources/film-stars-and-their-salaries.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VISUAL COMMUNICATION:

http://www.powerproduction.com/storyboard_quick.html#

http://www.martiniquickshot.com/demo.php

http://www.cracked.com/article_18664_5-annoying-trends-that-make-every-movie-look-same_p1.html

www.pikkipi.com

http://su.pr/8r1YTR

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/8r1YTR/www.kenstone.net/fcp_homepage/language_of_film.html

 

LOCAL RESOURCES:

http://www.miamidade.gov/filmiami/

www.eincubator.org

http://www.facebook.com/eincubator?ref=mf

www.filmiami.org

 

TV & VIDEO RESOURCES:

www.turnerclassicmovies.com

www.robertsvideos.com

www.sundancechannel.com

www.facets.org

www.ifctv.com 

 

EXTRA CREDIT VENUES:

www.miamifilmfestival.com

www.mbcinema.com

http://com.miami.edu/cosford/

http://www.mdc.edu/tower/

http://www.coralgablescinemateque.org/

http://www.o-cinema.org/

http://www.fliff.com/cinemaparadiso/

http://www.miamiundergroundff.com/ 

http://www.fliff.com/index.asp

www.wolfsonarchive.org

www.miamishortfilmfestival.com

 

 

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