Photo Essay: Film Production at FAMU

Photos by Jordan Redd, (American University) Student Correspondent Film Production at FAMU, Spring 2019

Berlin was the last CET sponsored trip for the program. We got to tour Studio Babelsberg, a huge famous studio where films such as The Hunger Games, The Grand Budapest Hotel (we got to see the original desk, painting, and elevator from the film), and V for Vendetta were shot. We also had a tour of the city and two film museums.

On our second day in Berlin, we had most of the day of free time. My friend Daniella and I used it to visit a huge park in Berlin, the Tiergarten. We took a long walk through the beautiful and peaceful place.

We walked out of Tiergarten towards the Brandenburg gate just as the sun was setting.

Entering a garden in Prague feels like falling down the rabbit hole into Alice and Wonderland. Often they are hidden in the middle of the city behind a gate you would never think you’d find a beautiful garden behind. In this garden, there was a black cat with bright green eyes that wandered around and let me pet him, and a handful of brides posing for wedding photos

I stumbled into the Wallenstein Gardens by walking through a gate just to see what was behind it. The gate was completely ordinary looking, cut into a huge wall blocking what was inside. The last thing I expected to find when I walked through it was a huge beautiful pond with koi fish and several peacocks (one of which was albino) wandering around.

It was a beautiful day when I decided to take the tram up to the top of Petrin Hill. I bought an ice cream cone and watched as a man blew bubbles for children to jump up and pop.

I continued walking down the hill and found the Petrin Hill Orchards, which offer one of the best views of the whole city. Rows of trees and wildflowers offer a great place for a picnic

As I go to school in D.C., I was happy to find that Cherry Blossom trees populate Prague as well. I made sure to squeeze in a trip in between class to a row of them at the base of Petrin Hill while they were in full bloom.

Paddle boating on the river is a spring activity that opened in April just as it started to warm up. I made sure to time my trip so that we went at dusk and could watch the sunset from the river.