Students Travel to South Carolina to view total solar eclipse

Photo by Matt Van Rys.Photo by Matt Van Rys.Photo by Matt Van Rys.Photo by Matt Van Rys.Photo by Matt Van Rys.Photo by Matt Van Rys.

Nine SCAD students traveled north to capture video and photos of Monday’s total solar eclipse. Savannah was forecast to have a 97 percent eclipse, but northern locals experienced full totality.

Seeing the mid-day eclipse meant the group had to wake at 3:30 a.m. to stake out the perfect spot at Santee National Wildlife Refuge in Summerton, South Carolina. The decision to travel north was fortuitous, as Savannah’s view of the eclipse was spoiled by heavy cloud cover.

The group claimed one of the refuge’s few lakeview spots. The students brought six cameras, excluding phones, and put them all to good use to observe and record the event.

The eclipse was “pretty epic,” said third-year motion media grad student Matt Van Rys. “It’s a great reminder on how much happens outside our planet.”

Photo by Hunter Scully.

The following students also attended the eclipse road trip:

  • Wesley Nelson, a 2017 motion media masters graduate.
  • Erin McMahon, a 2017 historic preservation masters graduate.
  • Lydia Bauer, a fourth year architecture grad student.
  • Matt Van Rys, a third year motion media grad student.
  • Houhan Wang, a third year motion media grad student.
  • Sirius Zhang , a third year film and television grad student.
  • Josh Franco, a third year animation undergraduate student.
  • John Nelson, a second year motion media undergrad student.
  • Hunter Scully, a second year motion media undergraduate student.