This year, students will produce four short films ranging in concept from an ill-fated 1950s romance to a modern-day collision of cultures.
During the first two weeks, students will meet with professors and faculty advisors and prepare for the productions. Over the course of the following four weeks, students will collaborate in different capacities to shoot four short films. In the final two weeks of the Intensive, students will cut the films together and finalize them for release.
We’re very excited to see what the students will produce, especially the seniors embarking on their last Intensive! It’s going to be a productive, creative, and fulfilling summer.
And stay tuned for our First Cut Screening this fall, when the films will be premiered to the public!
This week VCUarts Cinema is proud to announce that the head of our program, Dr. Rob Tregenza, is being honored at a retrospective of his films at the Norwegian Film Institute’s Cinematheque!
More details on the retrospective, and background on Dr. Tregenza’s accomplished filmmaking career, can be seen at the NFI’s site here (the article can be translated using Google Chrome).
VCUarts Cinema is excited to host this special seminar on film production in Virginia. The talk is free and open to the public. Guest speakers include VFO director Andy Edmunds, Arvold Talent Agency’s Erica Arvold, entertainment lawyer Kirk T. Schroder, filmmaker Terry Stroud, and director and cinematographer Dr. Rob Tregenza.
We are very pleased to officially announce the very first large scale partnership between VCUarts Cinema and the local industry.
VCUarts, with the support of the Virginia Film Office and Virginia Film Commission, is producing a student-crewed feature length 35mm film adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The project is written and directed by Angus Macfadyen (Turn, Braveheart), who takes on the titular role, alongside Taylor Roberts (Turn, Mona Lisa Smile), Kevin McNally (Turn, Downton Abbey, Pirates of the Caribbean), and Harry Lennix (The Blacklist, The Matrix 2 & 3, Titus), to name a few.
“VCUarts Cinema is the only undergraduate cinema program in the U.S. shooting a feature film with professional actors on 35mm motion picture film, this is an incredible opportunity for our students,” says Dr. Rob Tregenza.
Under the guidance of faculty members and industry professionals (including costume designer Isabela Tavares, DP Arthur Eng, casting director Anne Chapman, to name a few), Cinema students get direct hands on experience in all areas of production. Additional contributions are being made by the VCUarts student body; sculpture students are creating life-like severed head replicas for props, the music department is recording the score, and theatre students are jumping on board as supporting cast members.
Macbeth is currently being shot in and around Richmond on 35mm cameras. Principal photography is set to wrap in mid-February, at which point the film will enter post-production in anticipation of festival engagements in the second half of 2015.
The Summer 2014 Films are being polished and sent off to the DVD press! The First Cut Screening is coming at our heels, and before you know it, the Advanced Film Production class will be firing up with it’s Fall production. Work never stops at the Cinema Department!