Film, Television and Digital Production

Courses

You’ll take hands-on courses in TV studio production, single-camera production and narrative filmmaking. Here are a few experiences to look forward to.

A student sitting on the 'Friends' couch at Warner Bros. Studios.

Semester in Los Angeles

Internship program

Intern and take Media School classes in the heart of the entertainment industry. Students in the Semester in Los Angeles program live in shared apartments adjacent to the Warner Brothers and Universal Studios lots, take hands-on classes in the historic Raleigh Studios and intern at companies including NBCUniversal, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and FOX Sports.

Learn about Semester in L.A.

Short Film Production

Create a short film with the Vltava River as your backdrop. Short Film Production is a four-week field experience course in Prague. You’ll work with a Media School professor and faculty from Prague’s national film school on screenwriting, directing, cinematography and editing.

Learn about Short Film Production in Prague

Experiments with the Film Camera

Explore techniques and concepts of experimental filmmaking, and build on the foundation of your other production classes. Practice basic cinematography, visual storytelling skills and the fundamentals of digital editing.

Student work

Graduation

Clarisse Gamblin wrote and produced “Graduation" for her Postproduction class.

The film won Best Editing in the 2020 Montage Film Festival and was selected for the Circle City Film Festival.

Description of the video:

[Ren, writing on a piece of paper]

Ren: Please don't hate me. I don't want this to change how you — I don't want to feel like this. Please believe me. I started to hope that you would just guess. If you did realize though, I couldn't tell. But if there's any chance, I had to tell you.

[Ren’s mother appears on screen. She walks into Ren's room.]

Ren’s mother: Are you almost ready? You're not even dressed yet.

Ren: I have to pack.

Ren’s mother: You have weeks to pack, get dressed. We're already late.

[Ren and his mother are sitting in the car, parked.]

Ren’s mother: I don't know if you noticed, but the car has stopped.

Ren: I think I'll just sit here for a while.

Ren’s mother: What is going on with you lately? You are going inside, Lawrence, I don't care if I have to drag you. Don't forget his present.

[Ren, his mother and Eli’s parents appear on screen at Eli’s graduation party.]

Eli’s mother: I'm so glad you could make it.

Ren’s mother: Lawrence wouldn't miss Eli's graduation party for the world.

Eli’s mother: Well, I know that Eli will be happy to see you. It's been too long. Speaking of Eli, I think all the kids are inside. Go on. In August already Eli is going to Georgetown.

[Eli appears on screen with two friends.]

Friend 1: Tell me, well, I had, because I don't know. I think psychology, maybe sociology just because I'm interested in it, the way you can get inside the brains of people.

Eli: I think I'm going to go undecided at first. I really don't know exactly what I want to do. I thought about doing maybe like history or —

Friend 1: Nice suit.

[Ren appears on screen in front of Eli and his friends.]

Eli: Ren. I didn't know you were coming.

Ren: Yeah. Right. So, how you —

Eli: I'm not totally sure

Ren:  — been? —

Eli: what I want to do yet. I was thinking about something involving like history or science, but yeah, I don't know. I feel like that would just be the —

[Ren starts to walk away.]

Eli: — hey, wait! Here.

[He hands Ren a graduation card.]

Ren: You got me a card?

Eli: No. I mean, my mom did. She told me to give it to you.

Ren: Yeah, right. I think I had some present I was supposed to give to you too. Probably just some trinket my mom picked out.

Eli: Don't worry about it. I'll see you around.

Ren: Yeah. Yeah, I'll see you.

[Ren opens the envelope Eli has given him, seeing a graduation card with "I'm sorry. Good luck at Dartmouth." written in it. The letter he gave Eli is enclosed as well. Ren leans against his car, reading the letter he gave Eli.]

Ren: I'm sure this is the kind of thing I should be telling you in person. But the thought of having to look you in the eye and see your response stopped me every time I tried. I started to hope that you would guess. I don't know how maybe by the way I looked at you or how we stopped being able to talk the way we could as kids. If you did realize though, I couldn't tell.

[The screen flashes back to Eli and Ren in a library, studying.]

Eli: So, the Huguenots were Protestants in France. Please, if the exam is this easy, it's going to be a walk in the park.

Ren: Okay, smartass. What year was the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre then?

Eli: 16—? 15—?

[Eli begins to flip through pages in his book and sees a letter Ren has put in his history book. He pulls it out to begin reading.]

Eli: What's this? You put this in here? I guess we'll just have to find out.

Ren: Wait, wait. Just wait til you get home.

[Eli leaves. Screen flashes back to present.]

Ren, reading from the letter: Yeah. I love you. And I don't mean as a friend. Or even as family. I just love you. I'm not really sure where to go from here. Could we talk sometime? - Ren.

Black Film Center/Archive

Center

The Black Film Center/Archive is a resource for scholars, students and researchers studying films and related materials by and about African-Americans. Included are films that have substantial participation by African-Americans as writers, actors, producers, directors, musicians and consultants, as well as those that depict some aspect of Black experience.

Visit the BFC/A’s website

Center for Documentary Research and Practice

Center

The Center for Documentary Research and Practice supports faculty and students who make documentaries; serves as a research hub for historical, theoretical and critical research on nonfiction film and video; and hosts visiting artists and scholars who are working on projects with nonfiction media components. The center provides direct assistance in the form of technological and creative support for projects, and it also serves as a forum for faculty and students to present completed and in-process work.

Visit the CDRP’s website

Careers

This concentration will prepare you for careers in for cinema, television, games and web-based communication. Through our alumni network, including the “Hollywood Hoosiers,” we’ll introduce you to veterans in all aspects of the business who will connect you to meaningful internships and guide you along your career path.

Kyle Benham

Do you want to be a writer? Write now. Write every day. Want to direct? Find another student that wants to be a writer, and direct their scripts. Want to produce? Find another student that wants to direct, and produce their projects. Don’t wait for someone to give you permission to achieve your goals.

Kyle Benham, BA’09, producer/director/writer at Pale Moonlight Cinema