COLLEGE DIGITAL FILMMAKING EMPHASIS
The DIGITAL FILMMAKING track (COMM 228, 328, 329 & 493 is a college level, film training emphasis within Central Connecticut State University’s, Department of Communication. Focusing on story-telling techniques, artistic skills and media technologies, students in this sequence regularly conceive ideas, develop scripts and explore fictional /non-fictional characters through the independent film production process.
From originally scripted work and short-filmmaking, to real-life portraits, The Digital Filmmaking track provides hands-on instruction in cinematography, sound acquisition, non-linear editing and other areas of specialization within production. Combining these skills through a story-telling perspective, Film students regularly identify themes of interest, observe, investigate, capture and craft meaningful films.
Both graduates and current students of the Film program work in the Entertainment Industry, gain acceptance within top-tier graduate film programs, compete in festivals, produce media campaigns and most importantly, develop the critical foundations to create compelling films for traditional and non-traditional distribution.
CCSU FILM ALUMNI, RASHAD FRETT – ACCEPTED TO SUNDANCE
Rashad Frett’s short film, RICKY has been accepted to the prestigious SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL. Posted by Jeffrey Teitler – Professor – CCSU – Filmmaking
FILM PROFESSOR, JEFF TEITLER WINS AN EMMY AWARD
Film professor Jeff Teitler wins an Emmy Award from the National Academy Of Arts and Sciences Boston/New England Region.
MUSIC SENSATION, HOZIER FILMS WITH RECENT CCSU FILM GRADUATE!
Recent CCSU Filmmaker, Abe Azab gets published by music sensation, Hozier. Posted by Jeffrey Teitler – Professor – CCSU – Filmmaking
Want to Study Filmmaking? Read This First!
The explosion of cinema technology has created a mass market of college and university film training programs. But buyer beware – such accessibility has also lead to questionable Film/TV training programs at some colleges, and students may pay the toll. Award Winning State University Filmmaking Outcomes Since most people shoot and edit […]
OUTCOMES MATTER – CCSU FILM STUDENTS AND ALUMNI PRODUCE FOR THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT
Prior to the pandemic, several members of CCSU’s production faculty ran a pilot program in studio production. Collaborating with Josh Therriault, an ESPN production artist and former CCSU Film graduate, we developed a comprehensive studio curriculum, collaborated with industry artists and developed the most advanced productions and curriculum ever seen within CCSU’s studo. The […]
CCSU Film Student Wins Jury Award Fighting For Transgender Rights
Unlike traditional lecture classes, film-students not only dream up ideas, they cast, rehearse, costume, explore and produce their thoughts into well-crafted films. This guided work has produced an unprecedented amount of awards, achievements and publications never before seen in our department. For CCSU Film student, Abe Azab, fighting for transgender rights – a […]
CCSU FILM ALUMNI AND STUDENTS PRODUCE WITH GRAMMY AWARD WINNING ARTIST
CSU Film alumni and students produce with Grammy Award Winning Artist, Pharoahe Monch and Filmmaker/NYU Film professor, Tatjana Kretevski – Posted by Jeff Teitler
United States Congressional Black Caucus Awards Scholarship to CCSU Film Student
Unapologetically, Filmmaking deals with human issues, characters and conditions. It is a complicated educational process, requiring technical, aesthetic and directorial instruction. With an industry-endorsed curriculum and unprecedented student-outcomes, last year, politics and university power-plays engaged in an all-out assault on film education, workforce collaboration and academic freedom. These actions illogically hurt our students, diminished […]
CCSU Film Student captures McDonald’s…and then this happened!
CCSU Film student and 2020 graduate, Tyler Helmbrecht is on the brink of success…This is his story. TYLER: In the early winter of 2019, I wanted to create a short film centering on my work at McDonald’s. To be honest, I had never dedicated enough time to my filmmaking as sticking to one project was […]
The Women’s Film Festival in Philadelphia Selects CCSU Film Students
The heart of CCSU FILM’s achievement has always centered around the original ideas of our students While some ideas are controversial, others can be light-hearted and comedic. But more than dreaming ideas, our students regularly exercise, cast, explore, costume and rigorously develop the necessary skills to produce their ideas. The process is by no […]
CCSU Film Graduate is A Recipient of Spike Lee’s Production Fund.
Within film instruction, there are times of doubt…and the easiest thing to do is give up…but don’t! When your ideas are realized, the possibilities are predictable and endless! We are pleased to announce that CCSU Film Graduate, Rashad Frett is a selected recipient of Spike Lee’s Production Fund. Frett, who graduated from CCSU’s […]
CCSU Film Student – An Official Selection In NYC
The Digital Filmmaking Program at Central Connecticut State University is pleased to present, Matt Kevorkian’s MIDNIGHTS AT THE DINER. This short film was developed in Kevorkian’s senior year at CCSU and was an Official Selection within the New Filmmakers, NY Film Festival, 2018. MIDNIGHTS AT THE DINER – Directed by Matt Kevorkian, Featuring Zach […]
5 CCSU Film Students To Be Broadcast On NESN
In the Fall of 2017, five Central Connecticut State University Film students produced several new works for NESN’s NEXT PRODUCER. This annual film competition and television show accepts student-productions from colleges and universities throughout the New England region. In an unprecedented outcome, the Film Emphasis within CCSU’s Department of Communication is pleased to announce that […]
Recent CCSU Film Student Published in The New York Times
While the majority of Film students at Central Connecticut State University focus on narrative and documentary filmmaking, there are other areas of production, which also lead to impressive outcomes. In Colleen Lennehan’s case, it was a New York Times publication – an honor given to selected photographers, who are screened by the paper’s Wedding Section. […]
5 CCSU GRADUATES PRODUCE WITH YALE SCHOOL OF DRAMA
The prestigious Yale School of Drama consistently ranks within the top-three theatre schools in the country. Graduates include Meryl Streep, Sigourney Weaver, Paul Newman, Angela Basset and many others. Conversely, Central Connecticut State University’s Film program is not officially ranked. While we accept students with various interests, it is no surprise why five of our […]
CCSU Film Student Is A Finalist for NESN’s NEXT PRODUCER
For Sintia Arelus, college was never about late-night hours in an editing lab….but last semester, changing that would transform everything. In the Fall of 2016, producers of New England Sports Network, (NESN) contacted CCSU in-search of college students, who might be interested in developing sports-related films for their NEXT PRODUCER competition. While normally, this would […]
CCSU Film Student Puts A Dream On The Line
For many, acting on Broadway is a fleeting dream. However, for CCSU Filmmaker, Emily Santarsiero, the goal has become a lesson in adaptation, empowerment and tenacity. Santarsiero began Digital Film Production, (Comm 228) at Central Connecticut State University in 2014. Previously, she received her BFA in Theatre from Marymount Manhattan College and was on her […]
Using Photography to Teach Tolerance
In my 10 years of teaching at Central Connecticut State University, I have never observed a master-class quite like this. Commissioned by Dr. Mendez-Mendez within his digital photography section, the class included a full-day workshop of photographic and studio techniques with a twist – tolerance. Christopher Ammon, a participant on MTV’s THE REAL […]
CCSU Film Student’s 1st work inspires Apple / ITunes to Act
First-year Film Student, Matt Kevorkian is also an independent musician. After posting his work to ITunes, a solutionless dilemma occurred…until he took film. In his own words, this is Matt’s story I have been playing guitar since I was seven years old. After 14 years of hard training, my band, The Not Mikes released our […]
CCSU Film Alumnus Fights for the Lives of others through Filmmaking
CCSU Film Alumnus, Kara Brewer’s latest PSA on organ donation recently won an Award of Recognition through the Best Shorts Competition. Having gone through 2 organ donations herself, the subject is quite close to her heart. IN HER OWN WORDS. I’m here today because of a living organ donor and I’m forever grateful for them. I […]
CCSU Film Alumnus Accepted to NYU’s Tisch School of The Arts – MFA Film
First generation CCSU college graduate, CCSU Film alumnus and Hartford-based filmmaker, Rashad Frett ’09 gains acceptance to New York University’s MFA Film program at Tisch School of The Arts. The highly competitive and prestigious Kanbar Institute of Film and Television accepts only 7 percent of applicants. Frett will now advance his filmmaking under notable […]
The New York Times Shares recent CCSU Film Student’s work.
Central Connecticut State University Alumnus, Robby Silcox’s latest work gets shared by the New York Times. Silcox, a 2013 CCSU Film graduate collaborated, filmed and edited the below parody. Originally featured on the Huffington Post, the song received over 6500 views within the past few days. To view the article/film, click: HERE Within CCSU’s FILM emphasis, regardless of prior […]