BFA Theatre - Film Production

 

New! BFA in Theatre - Film Production

Q: Why should I get a BFA in Theatre - Film Production?

A: In a word, jobs. Film Production, while a competitive field, is a growth industry. We're living in a media-driven world, with an ever-increasing demand for screen-based content. Entertainment has spread from the cinema to the home theater and into the mobile world. Companies demand video content for their websites and product support. Even personal websites - which are becoming as much a part of a jobseeker's portfolio as a résumé - incorporate video. And what separates effective and compelling screen content from noise is the quality of storytelling. While anyone can pick up a cheap camera or a mobile device and upload a video to YouTube, it takes professional training to reliably create polished and compelling screen content. Companies pay for trained professionals.

Q: But why a BFA in Theater? Why not a traditional film degree?

A: A great question. In truth, any film program can teach the basics of how to light a scene, how to manage the technical aspects of production, or how to run editing software. But the building block of a movie is a SCENE, and acting is what makes a scene work. Our approach is based in the idea that the scene has to work, first. Otherwise, there's no reason to set up the camera. By studying acting and directing actors as well as the technical aspects of filmmaking, our graduates will enter the working world with a strong foundation in storytelling and a broad and solid base of experiences in all aspects of filmmaking.

Q: Storytelling?

A: Yes. Storytelling is the center of this process. Storytelling is the basis of human history, the thing that binds and defines cultures, and the way humans have transferred knowledge and beliefs for centuries. Good storytelling is the reason we find movies and theater and books so compelling. A education in filmmaking is really an education in storytelling. 

Q: What are your facilities and equipment?

A: We have a newly-constructed 2600 square-foot Motion Capture soundstage, equipped with a PhaseSpace 3D Motion Capture Data System and a grip-and-electric kit robust enough to support independent film production. We have a broad array of cameras, from a 6k Red Epic Dragon DSMC, 5k Red Scarlet-W DSMC2, Canon DSLR (1Dx mk ii, 5D Mk iv), to a 4k Blackmagic Cinema Camera and a group of consumer-grade Handicams used for class assigments and mini-projects. We have a 9-lens Cooke Mini S4/i prime package and a Canon prime lens package. Students are hands-on with professional equipment from day one, and trained by faculty that have worked professionally in the industry. We edit on Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere and color correct advanced projects with Davinci Resolve 14. Audio is processed in Pro Tools. We use Sennheiser, Audio Technica, Rode, and Sony mics and record to Zoom H6, Tascam 6-channel, or Sound Devices 633 mixer/recorders. Timecode on large projects is synced with an Ambient wireless timecode system and digislate.

Click Here for the degree plan for the BFA - Theatre - Film Production.

For more information, please contact:

Prof. Bret Scott - bscott@sulross.edu - (432) 837-8794

See pictures and video below.

PROFESSOR BRET SCOTT DEMOS NEW MOTION CAPTURE SOUNDSTAGE:

CLIP FROM SUMMER FICTION PRODUCTION CLASS, SHOT ON LOCATION IN AND AROUND ALPINE AND MARFA:

 

PHOTOS FROM RECENT STUDENT PRODUCTIONS: