Science Filmmakers Screen Their Final Projects

Five student films screened in Washington Hall. These films represent seven weeks of work and collaboration between eight students in the Filmmaker for Science Students course and professors. They are: The Pollution of Noise. A film by Jamie Hall & Conor MacDonnell. Songbirds are more important to our lives than we thought. And they are under […]

Flat Hat News: City Symphony Documentaries

This year, W&M professor Tim Barnard and filmmaker-in-residence Jes Therkelsen are team-teaching a documentary production course in conjunction with the festival. Students in the class will produce two documentary productions inspired by the city symphony, a genre of film that originated with 1920’s avant-garde filmmakers. One project, a W&M Global Summer City Symphony, will compile […]

Final Films – Visualizing St. Petersburg

The documentary filmmaking process requires a tremendous amount of patience, discipline, creativity, and flexibility. You need to deal with people, but know how to troubleshoot technology; you must be organized, but open to spontaneity; you should be prepared for everything, but comfortable working in the unknown. For the eight students who studied abroad in the […]

Visualizing St. Petersburg

Visualizing St. Petersburg: Documentary Filmmaking Abroad The documentary filmmaking process requires a tremendous amount of patience, discipline, creativity, and flexibility. You need to deal with people, but know how to troubleshoot technology; you must be organized, but open to spontaneity; you should be prepared for everything, but comfortable working in the unknown. For the eight […]

Research Through Documentary Filmmaking Abroad

Over the course of the past three years, professors Frederick Corney and Alexander Prokhorov made undergraduate research the central component of William & Mary’s St. Petersburg summer study abroad program. Each year, students work on research projects concerning places of memory and urban development in St. Petersburg. Specifically, students examine how these sites are remembered […]

Freshman Seminar: Everything’s Cool

Professor Beverly Peterson in the English Department asked me to sit in on her freshman seminar this week to talk with her students concerning the film, Everything’s Cool, by Judith Helfand. Judith came to William and Mary the semester before to speak to my ENSP 250: Communicating Climate Change class on the importance the media […]

Teaching Through Research

We’ve determined as a faculty that our undergraduate students should comprehend the tools of research as an essential part of their future problem-solving and decision-making,” says Joel Schwartz, director of the Charles Center and dean of honors and interdisciplinary studies. Ordinarily, students would wait until graduate school or until they begin their careers before taking the next step: […]

Global Film Festival Launches

A documentary film production course currently being team taught by festival director and W&M visiting assistant professor, Tim Barnard, and W&M filmmaker-in-residence, Jes Therkelsen, will provide additional programming. One team in the course is making a “Global City Symphony” using footage from cities around the world taken during W&M study abroad programs this summer. The […]

Family Weekend Faculty Lecture Series

As William and Mary’s Teaching Filmmaker-in-Residence, I provide students the opportunity to create technically proficient digital video productions through production courses, inter-disciplinary collaborations, independent studies, and honor projects. Teaching media production within a liberal arts environment like William and Mary gives students the cultural, historical, and theoretical context to explore visual storytelling skills such as story development, production planning, […]

Filmmaking for Science Students

This introductory course provides hands-on opportunities for science students to familiarize themselves with basic visual storytelling skills, including story development, production planning, digital videography, directing, lighting, non-linear editing, and sound design. Through discussions, lectures, screenings, in-class demonstrations, reading assignments, and extended projects, students will learn to create technically proficient digital video productions. Students will focus on […]