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 […]

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: […]

St. Petersburg study-abroad students attend international film festival

The eight participants of William & Mary’s St. Petersburg summer study abroad program knew they had signed on for a summer of learning more about Russian culture, language, literature and films. They were prepared to earn nine credits while abroad, and to make their own documentaries under the supervision of the College’s film-maker in residence, […]

Mapping Memory in St. Petersburg

Sasha Prokhorov and I began discussing ways to incorporate video and audio production into the St. Petersburg study abroad program in September of 2010. We both realized the potential for a collaboration like this, but we were unsure of the best plan of action to developed. The following idea, “Mapping Memory in St. Petersburg,” serves […]