Behind-the-scenes during School of Filmmaking Intensive Arts

For Trenton Spivey, a hands-on education in filmmaking is what he was hoping to find in school. For that reason, University of North Carolina School of the Arts was an easy choice to follow his passion for cinematography.

“The thought of being locked in a classroom all day horrified me,” said Spivey, a second-year student in the School of Filmmaking.

He has been able to work on numerous film projects, not just learning the technical and aesthetic sides of the art form in a classroom, but through what he describes as an “active curriculum” of hands-on training.

My education at UNCSA has weaponized me both creatively and technically so that I can form a well-developed vision and know how to execute it.

One such time students can put all this knowledge to work and expand their creative thinking is during Intensive Arts. During this two-week period, academic classes are put on hold and students take part in specialty seminars and are allowed to work on independent projects in their field.

The School of Filmmaking’s workshop series this year has featured professionals ranging from assistant directors to aerial camera operators. The director of “Shrek” even took part in a seminar, giving students an insider’s perspective of the industry.

See what a day in the School of Filmmaking Intensive Arts week is like through the photos and videos he took during his takeover of @UNCSACAM below. 

“Intensive Arts has been both a time for reflection after a busy crewing season and a time for further development,” Spivey said. “Between hearing from filmmaking experts and independently completing our own work, Intensive Arts is a time for a very different kind of education that’s closer to what we’ll find away from campus.”






by Claire Machamer