Digital Film/Video Production

Digital Film/Video Production

About

Film / video production is a newly developing area of study within the Digital Media & Design department. We see digital filmmaking as an integral part of everything we do in DMD. From fine art to the digital humanities to business strategies, short-form video production is an integral tool for sharing stories, marketing products, advocating issues, and distributing information for learning. Whether it be a 15-second clip on Snapchat, a learner video, a documentary, or an experimental short film, students learn to develop high production values to tell a powerful story to a specifically targeted audience. 

Unique to UConn’s program is our position between the humanities, sciences, fine art, and business. Students and faculty can collaborate across departments and with client partners on exciting and innovative film projects. Current collaborations include work with SLAC through The Miller Lab and the Human Rights Institute.

Courses within the concentration are designed to help students develop technical skills alongside skills in iterative, creative project development and aesthetics. Throughout their coursework, students will gain experience in moving from idea generation and contextualization through project planning and storyboarding, production, critique, and revision. Students in the concentration explore the use of film and video within a wide range of genres including traditional narrative, documentary, informational and marketing content, and interactive experiences, preparing them for work in diverse careers in film, television, and digital media.

While the Film/Video curriculum is still in development, video production is already woven into our other concentrations and is a critical part of our foundation courses and our Student Agency client work. Courses include: Moving Image and Sequence (editing), Narrative Workshop, Cinematic Storytelling, and a wide assortment of variable topics courses including: Producing & Editing Film, Digital Cinematography I, Digital Sound Design, Digital Cinema Production, Digital Cinema 2, Technical Production for Video Shoots, and Short Film Production.

Facilities at the Storrs campus include a brand new 784 ft2 film production studio, with full lighting grid, green screen wall, and several different colored backdrops. Students also have access to the professional film production studio in the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts.  Storrs DMD also has a sound editing suite. At the Stamford campus, we have a smaller flexible space / production studio and a high-end editing suite. At both campuses, a vast array of professional, high-end film and audio equipment is available for student checkout through our media cages, the Imagination Station and Splash Pad.  Equipment includes:
  • Canon DSLR camera kits with a wide assortment of lenses
  • Cinema cameras and camcorders
  • Sound recording equipment (audio recorders, microphones)
  • Tripods, glide gear, dollies, etc.
  • Lighting kits, C-stands, and other lighting gear

The UConn Film Club is a UConn student organization of more than 50 members that work together to learn about the filmmaking process and work on their own original productions. 

Recently, UConn DMD began a partnership with the Connecticut Office of Film, Television, & Digital Media on the statewide initiative, Digital Media CT (DMCT) to help nurture the state’s growing workforce in the industry. Read more about that collaboration here.

*Note: Digital Film/Video Production is not yet an official DMD concentration, but the department is currently going through the curricular development process.

Curriculum

Moving Image & Sequence

DMD 2210

Introduction to digital editing, project management, working with sound and time-based storytelling. 

Narrative Workshop

DMD 3030

An open forum where students will “workshop” their own narratives and works-in-progress, using each other as collaborators, editors, and ideators to investigate emerging forms of storytelling. 

Broadcast Graphics & Title Sequence

DMD 3220

A survey of broadcast design and title sequences made for film, games and television. 

Cinematic Storytelling

DMD 3230

A survey of film and media, in particular, the close analysis of graphic storytelling techniques in television, animation, shorts, and movies.