Video: The Film/Video Program at Five Towns College
About the Film/Video B.F.A. Program
The Film/Video Program leads to a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree (B.F.A.) and is designed for students interested in a career in directing, cinematography (lighting and camera), screenwriting, editing, producing, production design and sound recording. From the first day of classes, Film/Video students have access to the College’s professional film equipment. A hands-on approach provides professional experience and teaches the skills needed to pursue a career in any sector of the film industry.
The Film/Video Division’s mission is to provide direct experiential training in the art, science, and discipline of filmmaking. Filmmaking is a skill and art to be practiced, not simply information to be amassed. Students will be supported by a balance of instructors’ and guest industry professionals’ shared wisdom, rigorous study of texts/creative works, and direct interactive exercises to put theory into practice. Through the medium of filmmaking, students will be encouraged to explore the truth within as they create beauty and build connections with the world around them. The wide variety of pathways into a life of film will be available for trial in the program’s diverse course topics and subdisciplines.
The program prepares students for a career in the Film and Television industry by offering a step-by-step approach that builds key skills and techniques, deepens critical reasoning and understanding of canonical theory, and broadens cinematic literacy and analysis. The curriculum guides students through real-world hands-on situations in order to hone creativity and craft. By emphasizing self-discipline, collaboration, and a global awareness, the Film/Video Division aims to develop students who become filmmakers with an ideal blend of technical skill and creative passion.
Equipment and Facilities
The College’s sound stage is equipped with a lighting grid, along with cyclorama, green screen, set construction, props and furniture. The equipment room supplies students with the latest filmmaking equipment for use on or off campus.
RED Dragon Package, Canon C100’s, Sony A7S Packages, Black Magic Pocket Cinema Packages, Canon 5D and 7D DSLR Packages, Arriflex Super 16mm film cameras, DJI Ronin Camera Stabilizing System, Easyrig Camera Stabilizing System, Sachtler fluid heads and tripods, TV Logic Video Monitors, Pix 240 Recorder
Grip & Lighting:
J.L. Fisher Dolly, Jimmy Jib, a multitude of Matthews grip equipment; Arri, Mole Richardson, Kino Flo, Litepanel, and LED Ikan Lighting units
Sennheiser shotgun and wireless microphones, Sound Devices 702t field recorder
The editing lab is equipped with Macintosh computers installed with the latest software, such as Final Draft, The Adobe Creative Cloud Suite including After Effects, Premiere, Photoshop, Flash, Illustrator, Bridge and Red Giant Magic Bullet Suite, DaVinci Resolve color correction software, and more. Students are supplied with memory cards and card readers to capture high definition footage in 4K, 2K, or full 1080p and are required to have their own external hard drives.
Five Towns College is a certified training partner with Blackmagic Design to provide certification training in DaVinci Resolve editing, VFX, and color grading software. Our faculty trains regularly in the latest software teach students the latest in cinematography and post production techniques and tools.