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IPR Students Contribute to Audio Creation and Editing for Major Motion Picture

MINNEAPOLIS (Jan. 27, 2015) – IPR College of Creative Arts is proud to announce the limited nationwide release of the film “Americons,” for which IPR students and faculty received credit for the creation and editing of sound effects.


IPR students Kevin Gamble, Taylor Allen, Cameron Thomsen, Marcus Brekken and John-Paul Natysin worked on the film January through March of 2014, when they were enrolled in their sound design for visual media capstone course. Instructor and program chair Jeff DesLauriers was asked by sound designer and former IPR instructor Damian Wagner to help him with the project, and DesLauriers included the five standout students, all whom have since graduated from IPR.

“This was a really great opportunity for our students to be able to do this level of work,” says DesLauriers. “They’re not only going out into the workforce with a major motion picture credit on their resume, but it gives them a clear picture of what it’s like to work in the industry.”


DesLauriers and his students were assigned scenes from the movie for which they created, recorded and edited sound effects. They have all received an official sound credit for their work on the film. IPR’s industry-experienced faculty members, like DesLauriers, are often still actively connected to the career field and use opportunities to get their students involved in applied learning projects.


“It’s the best real-world experience and training students can get,” says DesLauriers. “That’s what IPR strives to provide.”


“Americons” was directed by Theo Avgerinos, created and written by Beau Martin Williams and Matt Funke, and released by Industry Artists Group, Martin Entertainment Group and Pantry films. It tells the story of a former college football star who gets a shot at real estate stardom in Los Angeles during the subprime mortgage crisis in 2007. The film was released on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, and is showing at select AMC Theatres in Los Angeles; Orange County, Calif.; San Diego; Phoenix; Chicago; New Orleans; Denver; New York; San Francisco; Austin, Texas; Danvers, Mass. and Minneapolis. A wider release is possible if it does well in these select cities.


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