Description of the video:
Senior lecturer Susanne Schwibs speaks:
Media production in its simplest form is learning and teaching and knowing how to create different kinds, various kinds of media projects.
Clips from student films play in the background.
And that really encompasses everything from thinking about a project, developing it, doing the preproduction, and then filming it.
Professor of practice Michael Uslan speaks:
It's an amazing process to witness from start to conclusion. And creatively, there's nothing like it.
Student Katie Hodge speaks:
The thing about production is it kind of opens up your eyes to all these other jobs that no one talks about, and in that sort of way, production is such a great thing.
Student Liam O’Sullivan speaks:
My time in The Media School has been really varied.
The Ken and Audrey Beckley Studio is shown.
I think the biggest thing that IU's provided me with is just The Media School's approach to a lot of its learning. They really stress experiential learning.
Clips from student films play.
So if you're in a short film production class, they way that you'll learn that is going out and making a short film.
The key here is experiential learning. It is fabulous. The education you can get here from some of the greatest academicians who have studied film, cinema their entire lives.
Film of Uslan teaching plays, along with shots of Batman comic books. Uslan walks down the steps of the Lilly Library to speak to an applauding crowd.
I look back 44 years in the business and say, "OK, I am the originator and executive producer of the entire 'Batman' movie franchise, but what I bring to the table is what it's like actually working in the trenches today in Hollywood or New York."
Photos of Uslan’s classes are shown.
I come here every year around this time and teach two very intensive courses in Live from Hollywood. I have 30 of my pals from L.A. who do one-hour Skype talks with the students and do Q&A. We have lawyers, agents, managers, studio execs, merchandising people, gaming people, marketing people, publicity people, every aspect you can imagine of the film business.
My absolute favorite, which is also the absolute hardest one that I've taken, is probably going to be the Directing I class I took.
Footage from a student animation is shown.
One thing to expect is that you'll work in teams. The other thing to expect is that you will be exposed to a large variety of equipment and production approaches.
Students are shown working on producing films in Franklin Hall, and footage from those films is shown.
The projects were challenging. We had pretty tight deadlines because we had to produce several short films over the course of the semester.
Senior lecturer James Krause speaks:
We have two TV studios.
Images of the studios are shown.
So we have Studio 5. It's a full 3D studio, multicamera TV studio here in this building. And then in Franklin Hall, we have Beckley Studio.
Photos from the Semester in L.A. program are shown.
We do have opportunities for students to study overseas and also in L.A.
Out in L.A., we have a group called the Hollywood Hoosiers. It's an alumni group — I call it the L.A. Mafia. And they are now, I believe, 1,200 members of people actively working in different aspects of the industry.
Students and alumni are shown at their jobs and internships.
That is one of the most tremendous resources anyone can have, whether you're looking for an internship, a job, an apartment, a roommate, you have 1,200 allies out there.
Hodge speaks while footage from her IUSTV segments is shown:
So IUSTV, I started my second semester freshman year. With class and everything, you get the opportunity to make these short little productions or shows or different things. But it's always in the form of like you're getting a grade, but with IUSTV, it's so much freer. And so you're kind of, it already feels like more real world aspect, like a real job, because it's like everything's always changing.
Students are shown working on shows for IUSTV.
The opportunity to pitch with IUSTV and make a show, and that's what I think is nice because you can always join a show and get your like voice in and opinion in. But like being able to create a show, being there from the beginning, like, it just adds such a different perspective on it.
Indiana University gave me the tools I needed to jump the Grand Canyon. They empowered me.
Franklin Hall and the Old Crescent are shown.
I'm a blue-collar kid from New Jersey. This university catered to the geeky, weird, unique needs of one individual student. And that's one of the things that IU just does.
Filmed and produced by Ethan Hamilton
Additional footage by Josh Kramer
B-roll provided by Indiana University
Special thanks to: Bloomington Breakfast Club, Not Too Late, The Toss Up, All student films