Nationally recognized for digital film Instruction, our curriculum regularly develops non-specialized students into impactful producing artists with independently repeatable skills. Instruction emphasizes story telling techniques, artistic direction and training within pre-production, production and post-production processes.
Consistently my students work in the entertainment industry, gain acceptance within graduate film programs, compete in festivals and most importantly, create compelling film-works for public consumption.
SOCIAL MEDIA & ONLINE ENGAGEMENT
Our students regularly test and hone their skills for social good. Utilizing social media, students create online micro campaigns, develop imagery, messages and leverage the power of production for a specified outcome. These online initiatives have recruited thousands of participants while also raising aid and goods for vulnerable individuals/families in CT.
Through developing and implementing original curriculum, our outcomes at Central Connecticut State University regularly exceed major private institutions and colleges.
Our curriculum has been endorsed by major and regional producers at sports networks while our students, (many who begin with no experience at all) gain employment in the entertainment industry, are accepted within graduate film programs, compete in film festivals and most importantly, create compelling works in media for public consumption
CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY - FILM BLOG
The heart of CCSU FILM’s achievement has always centered around the original ideas of our students While some ideas are controversial, others can be light-hearted and comedic. But more than dreaming ideas, our students regularly exercise, cast, explore, costume and rigorously develop the necessary skills to produce their ideas. The process is by no […]
In the Fall of 2017, five Central Connecticut State University Film students produced several new works for NESN’s NEXT PRODUCER. This annual film competition and television show accepts student-productions from colleges and universities throughout the New England region. In an unprecedented outcome, the Film Emphasis within CCSU’s Department of Communication is pleased to announce that […]
For Sintia Arelus, college was never about late-night hours in an editing lab….but last semester, changing that would transform everything. In the Fall of 2016, producers of New England Sports Network, (NESN) contacted CCSU in-search of college students, who might be interested in developing sports-related films for their NEXT PRODUCER competition. While normally, this would […]
The prestigious Yale School of Drama consistently ranks within the top-three theatre schools in the country. Graduates include Meryl Streep, Sigourney Weaver, Paul Newman, Angela Basset and many others. Conversely, Central Connecticut State University’s Film program is not officially ranked. While we accept students with various interests, it is no surprise why five of our CCSU […]
For many, acting on Broadway is a fleeting dream. However, for CCSU Filmmaker, Emily Santarsiero, the goal has become a lesson in adaptation, empowerment and tenacity. Santarsiero began Digital Film Production, (Comm 228) at Central Connecticut State University in 2014. Previously, she received her BFA in Theatre from Marymount Manhattan College and was on her […]
First generation CCSU college graduate, CCSU Film alumnus and Hartford-based filmmaker, Rashad Frett ’09 gains acceptance to New York University’s MFA Film program at Tisch School of The Arts. The highly competitive and prestigious Kanbar Institute of Film and Television accepts only 7 percent of applicants. Frett will now advance his filmmaking under notable […]
We are pleased to announce Farrah Fontano, a first-semester CCSU Film Student, won first prize within the CHAIN NYC FILM FESTIVAL’s Documentary Short Competition. This is Farrah’s first film and was created within the Introduction to Filmmaking course (Comm 228). This same film also received an official selection by the Trinity Film Festival in March. DONT GET STUCK IN […]
There are a growing number of filmmakers emerging from CCSU’s Digital Filmmaking emphasis. Having observed their work, drive and growth throughout this first semester, the outcomes are undeniable. In fact, through multiple midnight editing sessions, repeated film shoots and an inquisitive desire to create, a number of mature and compelling films have not only emerged, but also inspired […]
Jessica Courtright of Augusta, Georgia was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma over a year ago. 800 miles away in Connecticut, we heard about her story. What occurred thereafter became an incredible journey of engagement, hope and action. Parenting is no easy task. Ask Rebecca Courtright, whose daughter, Jessica was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. […]
Two Central Connecticut State University Film graduates, Colleen Brown and Joshua Therriault partner with Tunde Productions to create the award winning documentary, VICTORY. A powerful story of faith and hope, VICTORY received its national premiere at the Grace Film Festival in San Fransisco. On Saturday, January 31st, VICTORY will also be presented locally at the historic […]
Just over a year after his graduation from Central Connecticut State University’s Film Emphasis within the Department of Communication, Filmmaker Rob Silcox has already become an integral part of the creative team at Back9Network. In his own words, Silcox gives an update on his incredible journey and the rewards of filmmaking. Through all the self doubt and […]
When teaching film, poignant moments occur. I regularly observe passive camera-users apply their intelligence, learn skill and develop voice. In doing so, they become conscious observers of light, shape and shadow. For those that wish to tell stories, they practice. They repeat exercises over and over while consistently developing and growing a new language and skill. Granted, […]
Filmmaker, Joshua Therriault arrived at CCSU with ambition to film. After the Intro course, Josh developed ideas, shot regularly and returned with an unlikely and depressing scowl. Though all students arrive with different challenges, Josh had an uncanny urge to move, (or jolt) the camera constantly. For months, we observed shaky footage, restless shots and a […]
While taking snapshots and videos is a routine activity, it is the desire to consciously identify, capture, create and communicate, which is at the heart of a production artist. This viral YouTube post by Molly Kate Kestner, an Austin high school student, is a triumphant and empowering example of that. Posted by: Jeff Teitler – Associate Professor, Central Connecticut […]
CHILDREN’S DEFENSE FUND/SRBWI
Envision Films developed and implemented filmmaking curriculum for the Children’s Defense Funds’s Southern Rural Black Woman’s Initiative. This program provided film training for mentors and under-served youth in Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi.
NEW VISIONS, an initiative commissioned by THE CHILDREN’S DEFENSE FUND and the SOUTHERN RURAL BLACK WOMEN’S INITIATIVE, is engages and involves young woment through teaching marketable skills in digital filmmaking, documentary shorts, oral history and advertising. As the lead curriculum developer, Envision Films implemented training programs in Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi, covering in digital film techniques and production of short films. For additional information, see THE SOUTHERN RURAL BLACK WOMEN’S INITIATIVE.