Paul Chilsen, program coordinator
The Filmmaking concentration in the Video and Film Production program provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in the art, craft, and business of filmmaking. No longer the exclusive domain of Hollywood studios, every modern organization needs filmmakers who have the skills to influence, inform, inspire, or entertain. MTSU Film students learn the art of cinematic storytelling and how to apply those skills to any genre. Finished products include an almost infinite variety of forms and uses including theatrical films, documentaries, television, music videos, commercials, web content, and instructional films. There’s something for everyone in Filmmaking. Whether it’s a leading or supporting position, MTSU’s film students are able to experience a variety of roles and customize their curriculum to find their personal fit.
Facilities include a large stock of professional-quality field production gear available for student check out, post production labs and suites, foley and audio facilities, and a large sound stage. There are also internship opportunities, a semester abroad program, and a summer term in Los Angeles. The program builds on a solid foundation of film theory and history, while providing practical, hands-on learning opportunities from day one to graduation. The Filmmaking capstone challenges seniors to produce culminating projects that demonstrate not only their skills and knowledge, but also showcase the type of work they wish to pursue after graduation. It’s the perfect opportunity to create a powerful portfolio piece to launch a career.
MTSU’s Filmmaking program offers substantial cocurricular opportunities as well. This includes several student organizations that create film and television and a student-run TV station where students produce the programming and manage the station. These are available to students from their first semester onward, offering unique opportunities to connect and flourish.
Filmmaking is a good fit for students who like to work with media to tell stories. It is also good for those who like to collaborate in teams of experts. Primary career paths include screenwriting, cinematography, editing/postproduction, directing, and producing; however, there are many others. Filmmaking has specialized applications in virtually every industry.
NOTE: Students must complete all major course requirements with a grade of C (2.00) or better.