Filmmaking students have the opportunity to work in teams to create original projects. Seniors go through an entire film production cycle: writing and editing a script, casting and shooting in the fall and then coloring, editing and recording sound in the spring. Students fill rolls on- and off-set from Director and Producer to Sound Editor, Makeup Specialist, Director of Photography and Effect Specialist.
Tim is an ambitious director of photography with a distinct visual style. He has shot and gaffed commercial projects for companies such as Let's Grow Kids, Huminska New York, Soundtoys and Converse. He has been heavily involved in the local music scene, shooting videos with Signal Kitchen, ArtsRiot and the Bernie Sanders campaign for artists like BadBadNotGood, Lee Fields and Kat Wright. In addition to commercial and music work, Tim has worked as DP on numerous short narrative films.
Scroll through the videos to the right to meet other student directors and watch their films.
We find Andrew and Victoria the morning after the two had a fight that left Andrew sleeping on the couch and Victoria ready to leave. Victoria has grown impatient with Andrews minimal effort to keep their relationship together and gives him fifteen minutes to explain to her why they should stay together. Andrew attempts to humor her with old memories only to find that he may know less about their relationship than he thought.
"I wanted to show a scene where you are locked in a room with a couple and you watch the last flame of their relationship either kindle and reignite something that was gone or you watch it burn out. This film shows that there is no one right or wrong person in these types of arguments. When a relationship is fading like this, it takes both parties to put everything they have to make it work or else it collapses.
I also wanted to challenge myself with this film by writing something that was entirely dialogue driven. To keep an audience entertained with only using the words from two actors in resting positions is a difficult task but is one that I don't regret taking on. If there's one thing I want people to take from this film, it's for them to think on their own relationships or arguments either with their significant other or anyone close to them in their life and think, 'I'm not always right, and they're not always wrong.' "
Gabriel Rivas is a recent graduate of Champlain College's Filmmaking BFA program. While in Burlington, Gabriel was able to direct and write music videos, short films as well as work on his film photography, which you can find featured in the background of this film.
While attending school, he was able to intern in Los Angeles in 2015. In L.A., he was given the opportunity to do his dream internship at Abso Lutely and worked on the third season of the hit Comedy Central show Nathan For You.
This film is a series of time-lapses from various places in Vermont, edited together to show the beauty of the state. Locations in Vermont include Mt. Philo and Jay Peak Mountain; Lake Champlain from Red Rocks Park, Oakledge Park, South Burlington, downtown Burlington and Champlain College.
"I created my capstone with patience and a lot of time sitting in one place. In some of the scenes, I was there for an hour or more. Each scene was created by taking a series of photos in different locations to create a sequence. The biggest challenge was that I couldn't control what I photographed. This project taught me that sometimes not having control is a good thing, and it can create something very beautiful on its own. This is the everyday world we live in but from a different perspective."
Hailing from Philadelphia, PA, Kamerin Stroud is a recent graduate of Champlain College's Filmmaking program. Kamerin's films have been shown at screenings around Burlington, including the Flynn Theatre.
Living with Francis, his son Tony has almost given up on connecting with his father; Francis's schizophrenia has made it impossible to maintain any sort of positive relationship between father and son. Francis spends his days flattening corn stalks into elaborate shapes and believes he has been chosen by extraterrestrials to relay geographical and agricultural information about the area.
"This story started out as an imminent invasion. In reflection, I can easily see how this story was motivated by my regrets, my relationship with my father and my sense of isolation after a big break-up. This film quickly became more than just a silly idea about aliens and their messengers. It works much better as a simple story of abandonment and irrelevancy in elderly stages of losing touch with reality and regret. "
Tyler is a recent graduate of Champlain College, holding a BFA in Filmmaking with a specialization in Sonic Arts. Tyler's film pursuits began in his hometown of Sanford, Maine, where he spent his free time directing short comedy skits and managing a series of YouTube channels.
In his first exposure to the film world, he acted in a student-mode short film, April's Heart, which went on to win "Best Student Film" at the Litchfield Hills Film Festival. During his college career, Tyler directed three short films and produced a short film, Immortal Dear, which is currently circuiting film festivals.
This experimental film explores relativity and human perception by portraying a person who can't tell the difference between reality and a "false reality." To discern what is real and what is not real, this person uses a Polaroid camera to document their surroundings, but what they find is not always as it seems.
"I knew that I wanted this film to be an exploration of some sort. I chose to focus on someone coming to a deeper understanding of themselves and the world that they live in. I decided I wanted the film to be about how different people perceive the world around them, and I immediately knew that I did not want a main character to be shown. The character is genderless because it's easier to relate to, rather than immediately putting a gender to the experience. I tried to make the film universal—for everyone to be able to connect with it. I also knew right away that I wanted it to be silent. I wanted the film to be like a moving painting, with the audience observing without being distracted by dialogue."
Jade was born in Brisbane, Australia and has been making films ever since she was a kid; except in those days, it was rudimentary, following the cat around with a shaky camera. She has since evolved into a short filmmaker with three complete shorts.
Although Jade loves film, her driving force is makeup. She has worked on many short films applying beauty makeup as well as prosthetic makeup to an array of actors. She interned at the Cinema Makeup School in Los Angeles, California during the summer of 2015. Jade will be graduating from Champlain College with a 3.8 GPA and a BFA in Filmmaking.