The Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking offers technical and artistic training in a supportive environment where students are encouraged to collaborate, take risks, and build upon a foundation in fiction and documentary filmmaking to create original digital narratives and imagine new modes of expression for the screen. The filmmaking center aims to help students realize their artistic goals while preparing them for a future in an ever-changing digital landscape.
The program provides training in cinematography, script-writing, directing, research proposals, field production, animation, editing and post-production. Students learn rules and organization of visual language and gain a full understanding of dramatic storytelling structure and character development.
From its inception, the program has been collaborative in nature. It was first established in 2011 as an outgrowth of Rutgers Writers House “filmmaking-as-creative-writing classes.” Within four semesters, more than 100 students enrolled in our film certificate program and more than 200 were taking our classes. This rapid increase in student enrollment, as well as tremendous student demand for a film major, has led to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking.
The center’s pedagogy connects the Mason Gross School to a variety of academic units within the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. The center also features a professional documentary office, the Rutgers Film Bureau, which involves undergraduates in every stage of the filmmaking process.