The starting pistol has sounded for this term’s HASS 02.201 Film II – Production Studies. Four film-making teams (30 students) will get a taste of film school boot camp by becoming writers, cameramen/women, editors, etc., and learning to use our 6K Scarlet RED Dragon cameras – the same model used to shoot Hollywood movies such as The Hobbit.
Students write, produce and direct their own films over the 14 weeks of term. These are screened at the SUTD Awards Evening – our very own Oscars! At this event, students discuss their inspirations and compete with one other for prizes such as Best Cinematography, Screenplay, and of course, Best Film.
Dr. James Rowlins, Course Lead, has on occasions rolled up his sleeves and directed films with students. One such film is Monstrosity. It is a neo-noir thriller starring local actor Jack Hyde, that to date has received over 60 awards from 30 international film festivals.
Course instructor Dr James Rowlins (in blue) with students and actors on set
Prior to Film II, most students have already tried their hands at film-making in HASS 02.103 Film I – Introduction to Film Studies: Theory, History and Practice. The course teaches that the best education a filmmaker can have is to learn from the masters! It covers over a hundred years of cinema history, from the silent era to modern movies, and instructs students in the theoretical discourses used to analyse films. Students are asked, instead of writing an essay, to channel their reflections into a film-making project.