Ranked among the best film schools in the country, the filmmaking school at UNCSA knows that you won’t become a filmmaker by just sitting in a classroom. In your first two years at UNCSA, you will direct and shoot numerous digital projects as you take hands-on courses in every facet of modern film production. Then you’ll choose a concentration—animation, cinematography, directing, editing & sound design, producing, production design, or screenwriting—and collaborate with classmates on original short films, submitted to festivals around the world.
As a filmmaking student, you’ll be taught by and be able to network with industry professionals—those on faculty and visiting guest artists. You will learn industry standards and protocol, and practice your craft on state-of-the-art sound stages and studios with professional equipment. Every spring, you will have the opportunity to attend screenings at RiverRun International Film Festival, which we co-host on our campus. Your senior year, you’ll travel to Los Angeles with faculty mentors from your concentration to screen your films for industry executives and influential UNCSA alumni. The goal of our conservatory is for you to become a “complete” filmmaker—an experienced storyteller skilled in all facets of the moving image arts.
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It is 1942. As casualties mount, an African American serviceman in WWII is forced into the co-pilot seat of a B-24 bomber for a raid over Germany.
When his homeland is threatened by an unforeseen force, a young sunflower must fight against all odds to save his village.
Interim Dean Henry Grillo has four decades of experience in teaching and in higher education administration. In the School of Filmmaking, he has initiated new graduate programs, including a collaborative gaming program with North Carolina State University; created the Interdisciplinary Film Production program for students who pursue degrees outside the school’s eight established concentrations; and provided infrastructure for a 42 percent increase in enrollment over a decade.Meet Interim Dean Grillo
Matt "Smokey" Cloud has worked for years as an assistant sound editor on feature films for 20th Century Fox. That work helped the film "Ford v. Ferrari" win an Academy Award.
From collaborating on video game Apex Legends to editing at Netflix, Film alumnus Caleb Ennis has made lasting connections in his four years since graduation.
"Painted Love," a 2019 senior thesis film by students in the School of Filmmaking, won a Judges' Award at Joedance Film Festival, a Charlotte-based showcase for projects created in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee.
Several UNCSA alumni are nominated for Emmy Awards in creative arts categories, and other alumni have worked on programs that are nominated as the best in their category.
School of Filmmaking videos explore the behind the scenes work of students who bring UNCSA films to life, along with profiles of alumni working in the industry.Discover filmmaking on YouTube