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Varsity Cinema Des Moines, IA


Chris Snider

Multimedia Professor, Drake University School of Journalism

BlackBerry— Don't silence your phones

How did our smartphones go from email obsessed devices to powerful movie-making tools that fit in our pocket? This presentation from Drake University School of Journalism multimedia professor Chris Snider will discuss the evolution of smartphones, which are now used to film major motion pictures. Snider will also share some tips for all of us to unleash our movie-making abilities.

This event is part of our 2024 National Evening of Science on Screen.

Varsity Cinema Des Moines, IA

Film Synopsis

The story of the meteoric rise and catastrophic demise of the world's first smartphone.

    A company that toppled global giants before succumbing to the ruthlessly competitive forces of Silicon Valley. This is not a conventional tale of modern business failure by fraud and greed. The rise and fall of BlackBerry reveals the dangerous speed at which innovators race along the information superhighway.

    Photo credit: IFC Films

    About the Speaker

    Chris Snider, multimedia professor for Drake University School of Journalism, Chris Snider joined Drake University full-time in 2010 after spending three years as an adjunct instructor. Chris teaches classes in web design, social media strategy, multimedia and digital strategy. His research topics include smartphone video and social media. In addition to teaching at Drake, he leads digital media workshops in Des Moines and co-owns the company Innovation Profs LLC that teaches how companies can use generative AI.