Dr. Virgil Bakken

Professor

Office/Department: Mass Communication

Location: Bangsberg Hall 204

Phone: (218) 755-3370

Box #: 16

Email: vbakken@bemidjistate.edu

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Degrees

B.S. Broadcast Communication
Evangel University, Springfield, MO

Advanced Screenwriting
Film in the Cities, Minneapolis, MN

M.A. Film Communication
Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA

Ph.D. Communication Studies
Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA

Teaching

Classes Taught
  • Audio/Video Studio Production
  • Media Theory and Criticism
  • Documentary Film
  • Documentary Film Workshop
  • Introduction to Media Writing
  • Screenwriting
  • Digital Cinema
  • Directing Visual Media
  • Communication Theory & Research
  • Senior Thesis/Project
  • Media Management
  • Single Camera Field Production

Research Interests

  • Social criticism in broadcast media
  • Satire in television and film
  • Film and video production techniques
  • New Media storytelling and broadcast methods

Other Information

Career Highlights

Writer/Producer/Director (currently)
Montage Creative Group
36633 New Melahn Drive
Lake George, MN 56458

  • Specializing documentary and corporate media production

Five-time Telly Award winner:

  • The Family Channel On-Air Promotions
  • Insty-Prints Promotional Marketing Video
  • AGS Children’s Educational Programming
  • LeaderSource Career Counseling Video Series
  • Guidant Corporation Promotional Video

25-year career as a writer, producer, and director of film, television and corporate promotion.

Prior teaching experience includes faculty and adjunct positions at Bethel University and Northwestern College.

Personal Interests
  • Screenwriting
  • Motorcycle touring
  • Kayaking
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Fishing
A Few Films I Like
  • “Dr. Strangelove”
  • “Brazil”
  • “This is Spinal Tap”
  • “Best in Show”
  • “Waiting for Guffman”
  • “Thank You for Smoking”
A Few Good Social Critics
  • Wendell Berry
  • Neil Postman
  • C. S. Lewis
  • Stanley Kubrick
  • Jacques Ellul
  • Matthew Arnold
A Recent Documentary
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