UW Certificate in Film & Video Production

UW Certificate in Film & Video Production


I think what the greatest thing about film
is that it incorporates all the arts. It’s storytelling so literature, it’s
acting so drama, it’s painting. You know, cinematographers don’t just study
other films, they study Rembrandt, they you know for lighting, they study Hockney for
color. And I think that’s part of what attracts
me anyway and I think the fact that you can create dreams with films. People who come to this program have very
eclectic backgrounds. Naturally, I have people who are writers and
actors that come in but there’s also a lot of journalists. Usually every year, there’s like a doctor,
a lawyer, an engineer, a Microsoft millionaire. In fact, sometimes you even get people who
are experienced in the business. The one thing that I think unites the people
who come is they’re highly motivated. And because of that they work really well
together as a group. The other thing that all those people have
usually, is it that they have some kind of story they want to tell. Sometimes it’s a dramatic story you know
they want to make Hollywood features, and sometimes it’s a documentary story you know. They come to it with an issue that is important
to them and so they enroll in this course specifically to learn the skills to be able
to tell that story. Filmmaking is not a career in the way engineering
or nursing are careers. In that you go to school, and you get a degree
of some sort and then you’re reasonably assured of getting a job in a large company. Everyone I know that works in film and video
usually works as a freelancer. And so, you do not leave this program with
a piece of paper that entitles you to a job. We do teach technical skills ‘cause you
gotta have to have a certain minimal level in order to execute your stories. You have the baseline of skills I think to
get you out there. And also sometimes to find yourself and to
find out what is it that I want to do in film. Over the last twenty plus years that the program
has been in existence a lot of students have gone on to work in the business. In fact, I hired a person as my co-producer
who came out of the program. Students have gone on to have things screened
at film festivals like SIF. They’ve gone on to, often times use especially
in documentaries; use those pieces to help whatever cause, whatever issue that they were
working for. It’s interesting this whole idea of storytelling
as a new buzzword across a lot of fields of studies, not just film and video. Whether it’s you’re trying to sell yourself,
you’re trying to sell an idea, you’re trying to sell a concept or even a new way
of looking at things you know or a belief that you have. That’s what storytelling enables you to
do. And I think the future is such that people
are going to need to have this skill even in corporations you know. You’re going to have departments that are
producing media, whether it’s the company newsletter, the company report, all of that
is going to be media driven. So I think those skills are going to come
in very handy for anyone in almost any kind of job.

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