This past semester, Curry Communication students had the unique opportunity to work as independent filmmakers in the RED Camera Film Production course. Together, students manage a budget, rent cameras, technical gear, and lighting, as well as scout locations and actors for the film.
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“A film production class where we actually give students a budget to create their project is unheard of at the undergraduate level,” said Communication Co-Chair and Director of Television/Digital Video Jerry Gibbs. “It allows our students to see all aspects of filmmaking, from obtaining purchase orders, renting high-end Hollywood-level film equipment, paying for Screen Actors Guild actors, and scouting out locations, in addition to shooting the film.”
Using industry-standard equipment, students worked collectively on all phases of filmmaking while serving in realistic professional roles such as director, camera operator, and producer. Communication major David Monteiro ’22, who served as the audio engineer for the film, described the course as invaluable. “Having the opportunity to receive such a hands-on and realistic experience is crucial for entering the professional world,” said Monteiro. “I learned so many valuable skills that I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life.”
“We’ve been recognized all over the country for our RED Film Production class, and we are proud to bring these real-world scenarios to life with our students,” said Gibbs.