Media Production students collaborate with Acting students in the new CCM Film Lab, where students and faculty from both programs work to emphasize directing and acting for the screen, providing students with a clear focus on the filmmaking process as they cultivate their futures in the rapidly changing film and television industry. The work produced by the CCM Film Lab will be entered into award competitions and film festivals, where students can meet with industry professionals and potential distributors. The short films also help strengthen student portfolios to enhance post-graduate career opportunities.
Cross-disciplinary collaboration is also key for the new CCM Idea Lab, which brings together the technical and artistic expertise of faculty and students in Media Production, Musical Theatre, Acting, Dance, Voice and Theatre Design and Production. This innovative lab creates new media that fuses a variety of new technologies like 360-degree cameras, live motion tracking and projections with creative performances. The CCM Idea Lab has released five projects that are available to watch on CCM’s YouTube Channel.
“We shot these short pieces during the pandemic, which I feel brought out the best in everyone involved,” says Emmy Award-winning Media Production Professor Donald Hancock. “We all knew the limitations and challenges brought on, but as artists we all wanted to express ourselves in a creative environment. That made this collaboration one of the best experiences in my career."