Global City Symphony

Influenced by the modernist and avant garde movements at the turn of the 20th Century, artists began to embrace a new form of expression – the documentary film – to capture the ultimate human achievement: the modern city. Films that emerged from this artistic style captured both individual cities (such as Walter Ruttman’s Berlin: Symphony […]

Advanced Film Production

The 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. To do one must employ a wide range of skills […]

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 […]

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 […]

May Seminar in Video Production

The Charles Center at the College of William and Mary supports May Seminars. A May Seminar is a gathering of 2-10 faculty members that is designed to encourage curriculum development or teaching improvement objectives. Usually these groups meet for a week in May. The May Seminar I propose will provide 8 faculty with basic video […]

Communicating Climate Change

We have witnessed great advances in our understanding of the science of climate change over the past twenty years, but it is only recently that we have seen a shift toward more accessible and accurate public communication of this complex and sometimes overwhelming topic. The responsibility for this dialogue rests upon the shoulders of scientists […]

Advanced Documentary Production

In Advanced Documentary Production, students work together to research, develop, produce, and edit a documentary film. The final projects of these classes were to be finished and screened at the 2011 Global Film Festival. One section produced Ghosts of Ancient Campus while the other group produced Greener & Gold.

Introduction to Film Production

This introductory production course begins with the basics, assuming students have not had any previous experience. Through hands-on workshops, students begin to develop for themselves, the production tools that help to tell their stories better. Students produce incrementally more challenging projects that culminate in a final film project that runs between 5 – 8 minutes. […]