FLM 210 Fundamentals of Motion Picture Production
A hands-on introduction to expression in the language of moving pictures.
Major in film studies at Connecticut College and you learn theory and scholarship, gain practical film production skills and produce your own creative work. As a budding film scholar, you are asked to critically analyze the moving image in many forms, including documentary, Hollywood and national cinema, avant-garde and experimental film, and television. Production classes will give you the technical training and stylistic devices to author your own creative projects. It is a unique and comprehensive approach to the field.
Students often combine their interest in film studies with another discipline. You can also create a self-designed major with a focus of your choosing. Recent students have framed film studies through the lenses of dance, literary adaptation, theater, social movements and politics. Some students also earn a certificate from one of the College's academic centers in areas such as arts and technology or international studies. We encourage you to study abroad for a semester or a year. Many of the most successful productions at the College have been inspired by students' experiences and observations studying in countries such as India, Spain and Costa Rica.
Our production courses use HD video equipment. While enrolled in upper-level production courses, you have access to an array of professional cinema lights, a professional dolly with track, a 12-foot crane, camera gimbals, Glidecams and shoulder-mount rigs, wireless audio kits and 16mm film cameras. Editing labs are accessible 24/7. We have 10 iMacs with Adobe Creative Cloud and various audio recording/ mixing software.
Nina Martin teaches Introduction to Film Study: How to Read a Film and Studies in Authorship: Women Directors, among others.
Ross Morin, a 2005 graduate of Connecticut College, was thrilled to return as an assistant professor of film studies. He received his bachelor's degree in film studies and psychology, a combination he feels has served him very well over the years.
Elizabeth Reich teaches and writes about race and cinema. Her first monograph, "Militant Visions: Black Soldiers, Internationalism and the Transformation of American Cinema," will be out from Rutgers University Press in August 2016.
Film studies, sociology
A: When I visited campus, I was struck by the small classes and the individual attention paid to students. I thought Connecticut College would be a place where I could grow both as a student and person. I was drawn by the liberal arts curriculum and the commitment to fostering intellectual curiosity.
A: In my first semester, I took "Introduction to Film: How to Read a Film." In a discussion on the film "Memento" (Christopher Nolan, 2000), we began theorizing the way memory and psychology connected to the film's narrative structure. I thought, "This is so cool!" I also realized I wanted to study a discipline that would allow me to incorporate ideas from a variety of subjects.
A: CELS equipped me with practical job-search skills and instilled a sense of confidence in me as I go out into the market. My CELS adviser has been such a fantastic resource. Through her help, I was able to intern at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. I helped organize monthly film festivals for museum visitors there.