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.”
Above, UNCSA School of Filmmaking professor and professional cinematographer Tom Ackerman, ASC teaches a lighting workshop. Many students across years and disciplines attended to hear his experienced outlook on lighting and the film industry as a whole. One of Professor Ackerman's most well received bits of advice was to "begin proving who you are, how you think, and what you can do...work hard to define yourself as the best person to make the creative decisions for a film." #cinematography #filmmaking #wecreatehere #dayinfilm
Don't blink or you might miss something! Inside Technical Operations, the UNCSA School of Filmmaking equipment warehouse (lovingly called TechOps). This facility houses cameras, lights, sound equipment, grip equipment, and a small army of hard-working work-study students led by staff members Kyle Salter and Bob Massa.
The UNCSA School of Filmmaking recently opened their New Media building, the hub for animation and production design students. The building houses cutting-edge drafting studios, beautiful meeting spaces, an industry-standard workshop, and a dream team of seasoned faculty for UNCSA's talented filmmakers. #dayinfilm #intensivearts #wecreatehere
Psst! We snuck into the UNCSA School of Filmmaking projection booth to give you a behind-the-scenes look at how films are projected on campus in the ACE Complex. Projectionists are hired work-study students trained to project film in a variety of formats; this knowledge has led several UNCSA students to jobs after school because of their specialized technical skill. #filmisnotdead #projection #dayinfilm #wecreatehere #intensivearts
There's no better way to end a day of #intensivearts at the UNCSA School of Filmmaking than a special screening. Tonight, guest faculty and professional editor Mike Miller presented his film "Infinitely Polar Bear". Thank you for coming along for this #dayinfilm, and be sure to join us in the future for special looks into the world of UNCSA. #wecreatehere