Film and Video Production: Making Movies Under the Dome
Film and video production can take many forms, from television news production, to commercial production, to documentary and feature filmmaking. At Notre Dame, the Film, Television, and Theatre Department teaches production as an art form. Not only do we prepare undergraduates to enter the industry with a solid technical background, but most importantly, we challenge students to be creative, to infuse their work with a personal vision that is characteristic of all artists.
The production process is communal. No one person can produce a film. It’s a group effort, and the Film and Video Production Track of Summer Scholars allows students to work closely with their peers as crew members and creative collaborators, learning from each other and making friendships which last well beyond their two weeks on campus.
Students will learn the history of motion pictures, study the craft of filmmaking, and actually produce and direct their own short film which will be screened at the end of Summer Scholars inside the state-of-the-art THX Browning Cinema in the Marie P. Debartolo Performing Arts Center right on the Notre Dame campus.
Ted Mandell (M.A., University of Iowa, B.A. University of Notre Dame) has taught film & video production at Notre Dame for the past 24 years. He specializes in post-production, and has served as editor for many independent documentary and commercial projects, as well as an online editor, audio mixer, and post-production supervisor for literally hundreds of student films. Also a producer for Fighting Irish Digital Media, many of Ted’s features on Notre Dame Athletics can be seen at und.com. He is in charge of the annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival, director of “Inside The Legends”, a sports documentary about Lou Holtz and the Notre Dame Japan Bowl, and also the author of the multimedia book Heart Stoppers and Hail Marys: The Greatest College Football Finishes (since 1970).