Filmmaking College Overview
The Film/Video Program leads to a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Degree 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 you will have access to the College’s state-of-the-art film equipment, which are all of professional quality and identical to those used in the film and video industry. Our hands-on approach provides professional experience and will teach you the skills you need to pursue a career in any sector of the film industry.
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; including a RED Dragon Package, Sony A7S Packages, Black Magic Pocket Cinema Packages, Canon 5D and 7D DSLR Packages, Arriflex Super 16mm film cameras, Sony EX3 HD video cameras, DJI Ronin Camera Stabilizing System, Easyrig Camera Stabilizing System; Arri, Mole Richardson, Kino Flo and Litepanel lighting units, LED Ikan Lighting units, Sound Devices 702t and Pix 240 recorders, a J.L. Fisher Dolly, TV Logic Video Monitors, Sennheiser shotgun and wireless microphones, Sachtler Fluid Heads and Tripods, C100’s, and a Jimmy Jib, in addition to a multitude of Matthews grip equipment.
The editing lab is equipped with Macintosh computers installed with the latest software, such as Final Draft 8, 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 or full 1080p and are required to have their own external hard drives.
Not only will you learn from some of the top minds in the region during your time at FTC’s cinematography program, but internships will open the door to a world of opportunities designed to bolster your resume before embarking on a professional career, while also giving you access to creative filmmakers, producers, editors and screenwriters who are churning out impressive work.
Past students have successfully completed internships at Panavision, Arri CSC, MTV, Cablevision, VH1, HBO, King World Productions, Tribeca Film Center, The Rachel Ray Show, SONY, KORG, Fox News, CNN and various other businesses throughout the tri-state region.
Many alumni have gone on to become members of the IATSE Local 600 camera union and have worked on such television shows as Elementary, The Good Wife, Bored to Death, Law & Order, Gotham, Impractical Jokers, Billions, and have worked on numerous feature films. Five Towns College has a very good reputation with Local 600, including a standing invitation to the Union professional screenings at the Tribeca film center. In addition, many alumni have positions at motion picture equipment rental houses in the metropolitan area, including ARRI CSC, Panavision and Abel Cine Tech and also at news stations such as NBC and Huffpost Live.
Alumni have had their independent works screened at festivals in New York, Los Angeles and all around the country, in addition to having work recognized by the New York Times and the Long Island Press. Multiple alumni have received awards for their short films in festivals including the Cannes Film Festival, the San Diego Film Festival, the New York 48-hour Film Project, the Staten Island & Long Island Film Festival, the Iron Mule Comedy Festival, and many more. Some alumni have even had their own feature films sold to production companies and gained distribution.
While many companies are based in New York City, Long Island is fast emerging as a prime destination for filmmakers, giving you the opportunities to quickly transition to a professional life. Students at Five Towns College for filmmaking will be taught to use industry standard equipment in a professional manner and will be guided into choosing the correct path for them to obtain a successful career in the film industry. Thanks to professors who are working professionals in the field and a hands-on approach regarding the use of the college’s filmmaking equipment, Five Towns College is the perfect film school in New York for emerging filmmakers.