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Film & Media Production Major

Visual Storytelling for Film, Television, and Video

Joining Taylor’s Film and Media Production major means becoming a part of a film and television production program where students have won more than 300 awards in the last twelve years, including two wins from the regional Emmy organization in 2018.

Through expert faculty mentorship and under- and upperclassmen collaboration, you will be integrated into a filmmaking community that will help you develop your expertise and discover how to combine your passion for film and media with your faith.


Four Full Years of Experience

In our film program, you will explore what it means to be a Christian artist, reflect God’s creativity, and contribute to culture in ways that honor God. From concepts and screenwriting to storyboards, directing, producing and post-production, our students are focused on more than good-looking films; they are focused on creating impact. Courses in fiction and documentary filmmaking, live television production, and visual storytelling for clients allow our students to explore a wide-range of filmmaking styles and discover which area best suits their gifts.

Begin your Film and Media Production classes during your first semester. Over the next four years, you will shoot on exceptional technology, including our two RED Weapon 8K cameras, while you develop your skills in directing, producing, cinematography, screenwriting, editing and sound design.

You’ll gain technical skills with software such as Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere, Pro Tools, After Effects and DaVinci Resolve and you’ll dig into the aesthetics, ethics, and business of visual storytelling. By senior year, you will have created an impressive portfolio of work, demonstrating to employers the depth of your experience.

Film and Media Opportunities

As a Film & Media Production major, you’ll have lots of opportunities to take your skills further, round out your resume, and have fun. These opportunities include film festivals, field trips, and freelance work.

One of our students’ favorite Film opportunities is our Hollywood Internship Program. Spend a semester in Los Angeles as either a junior or senior and explore whether the entertainment industry is for you. You’ll complete two internships, take a class taught by Hollywood insiders and get to experience at least fifteen industry events, tours, screenings, or panels.

Take advantage of our Sundance Film Festival trip in January and learn more about independent filmmaking. See what’s next in film, and interact with filmmakers at nearly every screening.

Travel with the film program during January, learning what it takes to do documentary film in our International Documentary class. Previous trips have been to Rwanda/Uganda and to Guatemala.

For more information on our opportunities, visit our Art and Film at Taylor page.

A Look at Your Credits

Taylor University’s Film program offers a variety of shooting, editing, writing, and creative fiction and nonfiction filmmaking courses. By requiring our students to take explore the breadth of filmmaking, Film & Media majors have the opportunity to diversify their portfolios, broaden their skillsets, and discover new passions and interests.

Here’s just a sampling of the courses you can take as a Film & Media Production major. Play the videos to hear from recent students who took the class!

Creating (Fiction)

Narrative Filmmaking
Bring to life your final film project with a team of talented classmates. Conceptualize, write, storyboard, cast, light, direct, shoot, edit, sweeten audio, and color grade a festival-ready film.

Creating (Nonfiction)

Documentary Filmmaking
Create a festival-ready documentary with a small team consisting of a producer / director, cinematographer, and editor. You’ll follow a true story from pre-production to post and get to know your subjects intimately.

Producing for Clients
Join a team as producer, director, or editor and you’ll spend a semester working with a professional organization. Develop a project for promotional or marketing purposes like this award-winning promo.

Editing

Post-Production Methods
In this class, aspiring editors attain Avid Media Composer certification and experience color grading using DaVinci Resolve.

Shooting

Directing and Cinematography
Learn the most advanced equipment, when to use which tools depending on the story, and how to interact with actors. You’ll never be able to watch a film the same way again after this class.

Steadicam
Learn the safe and professional use of the Steadicam®, one of the film industry’s well-known camera stabilization devices.

Multi-Camera Live Production
Learn the process and techniques of making live television programming in a state of the art studio setting. You’re the director and your classmates are your crew. You can’t go back and fix it; it’s all live!

Writing

Scriptwriting
Learn writing styles and formats for fiction and nonfiction scripting. You’ll develop scripts for clients, documentaries, short films, and television series, as well as hone your creativity and accuracy as a writer.

Senior Capstone

Senior Capstone
The Film Senior Capstone class prepares students to transition from college to full-time employment. Hear how two seniors used what they learned in the class to get that first job after Taylor.

Film & Media Production Curriculum & Degree Options

Contact for Film Program

Kathy Bruner, Art, Film & Media Department Co-Chair
765-998-5512
kathy.bruner@taylor.edu

Judy Kirkwood, Program Assistant for Theatre & Film
765-998-5255
jdkirkwood@taylor.edu

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