Film Production

Film Production at Wheaton College is focused on nurturing the talents and skills of individual students and helping them find their own creative voice. We offer a full compliment of production courses at both the introductory and advanced levels, all designed to mentor and cultivate students’ creative voices and personal style. Film Production at Wheaton College sits at the intersection of Studio Art and Film and New Media Studies, which provides broad exposure to a variety of different artistic forms and practices that are critical to success in an industry where technology and modes of storytelling are moving rapidly. Our goal is to produce visual storytellers who can nimbly and effectively navigate the changing media landscape. 

Our classes

Visual Storytelling (Production I): Students learn the fundamentals of film production as they produce two short films.

Production II:  Students collaborate in groups of four to produce two sets of projects; individual 3-5  minute films and a collective 10 minute film.  In addition to writing and directing their own film, students serve as director-of-photography, sound recorder, and production manager/assistant-directoron their peers films.

Documentary Storytelling:  As non-fiction video has become ever more present in our daily lives, it is imperative that aspiring filmmakers and media-makers become fluent in the aesthetics and story potential of the documentary form. Documentary Storytelling is an intensive hands-on introduction to the art and craft of short form documentary production.

Experimental Filmmaking: Students debate and challenge the definition of “experimental film” as they produce three short experimental films, utilizing a variety of shooting media and sound design tools.

Digital Editing:  Students examine how a story/idea is most effectively assembled and enhanced through editing motion images and sound, and discuss concepts such as sound/picture relationship, juxtaposition of images, shot duration, pacing and rhythm, and continuity.

Screenwriting: Screenwriting will examine the fundamentals of writing for visual media; idea development, screenplay format, story structure, character, dialogue, visualization, and conflict.

Visiting Filmmakers and Artists

Richard Linklater
Richard Linklater

We regularly invite a wide variety of filmmakers to screen work and interact with students. So of our esteemed guests include:

Clenet Verdi Rose, Richard Linklater, Werner Herzog, Dennis Hopper, Peter Hutton, Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison, Godfrey Reggio, Jem Cohen, Kelly Reichardt, Andrew Bujalski, Jackie Salloum,  Mike Plante, Jackie Goss, Brent Green, Joan Darling, Braden King, Pinckney Benedict, Bobcat Goldthwait and others…