Photos by Jesse Newman (Elon University), Student Correspondent for Film Production at FAMU, Fall 2019
CET has a direct-enroll program with FAMU, the fifth oldest film school in the world. Throughout the semester, students have been busy learning, story boarding, and writing in preparation for the final, cumulative film of the semester. These photos are from two of the eight sets from the semester.
One unique and exciting part of the film program is the use of analogue film cameras. We used 16mm film to shoot our short film. This comes with a very different workflow for both production and post production, foreign to most students. Additionally, these cameras are heavy!
This film is about a barber who aspires to become a famous actor.
Every group is assigned an industry professional to work with on set throughout the shoot. They help with lighting and camera technicalities and are a wealth of knowledge. I learned a great deal by working with them and constantly asking questions.
This comedy involves puppets as a means of facilitating honest conversations among a family.
Most of this semester’s films took place in a house or apartment. So renting a shooting location through Airbnb was convenient and common.
Each group receives a budget to produce the film. That covers location, props, costumes, food, and payment for on-screen talent.
Being here for the Fall semester, it is quite grey and cold come shooting time. This makes planning for lighting a little easier because the weather is dependable. And of course means we’ll have to bundle up for the exterior shots!
Every film shot this semester was written in English and then translated and shot in Czech. Some actors only speak Czech, so we relied on friends who speak the language to help translate.
Developing friendships through the making of a film and while studying abroad makes it all so much more meaningful. I have cherished my time here in Prague and know I will miss it greatly.