The Mason Gross Filmmaking major offers students an innovative program with individualized training in fiction and documentary film production taught by industry professionals.
Our interdisciplinary model is designed to establish marketable skills in the emerging field of digital communication blended with a wide array of liberal arts electives. Here we create technically astute filmmakers who are also intellectually informed artists. Students are trained in all aspects of their craft in both fiction and documentary production by working with professional filmmakers with a track record of producing award-winning feature and short documentaries that reach broad audiences.
Filmmaking at Mason Gross trains students in all aspects of film production, from research and treatments to cinematography, lighting, field production, directing, script writing and story boarding, editing, and post production. Our pedagogy interweaves documentary and fiction with emerging film technologies and platforms, while providing students with a wide array of professional, marketable skills. Upon completion of the BFA in Filmmaking, students demonstrate technical proficiency, narrative film form, film production as educational research/team collaborative skills, creative expression through production oriented classes, and management of complex projects all within a firm grounding in the humanities.
Equipment and Software
The Rutgers Filmmaking Center offers students regular access to large sensor DSRLs and high-end digital cinema cameras with interchangeable lenses as well as professional audio and lighting equipment. Our classrooms and editing labs include Final Cut, Adobe Creative Suite and 2D and 3D animation software.
Under the direction of Nicolás Pereda and Patrick Stettner, the filmmaking faculty at Mason Gross School of the Arts boasts a core of internationally recognized and award-winning production faculty largely from the New York City film community.
Filmmaking opportunities within the Rutgers Film Lab, our professional documentary unit,allow students to gain professional experience and production credit. Documentary films made with student involvement include Atlantic Crossing, Thailand Untapped, Antarctic Edge: 70° South, and The War After. Recent graduates have been accepted to esteemed graduate film programs and have gained employment as associate producers, editors, and cinematographers.
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