Film Production: The Art of being a Filmmaker Online

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 and 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 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.

Working together remotely, students will study film history, learn the craft and aesthetics of writing, shooting, and editing films, meet Notre Dame alumni working in the film industry, and work creatively in groups, to produce and direct their own short films which we'll screen at the end of the two week session in our very own online Summer Scholars Film Festival.

Course Schedule

This course will be offered online from July 17 - 28, 2023. Students must be online for class sessions from 11:00am - 1:00pm and 3:30pm - 5:30pm (Eastern Standard Time), Monday-Friday. Students should also plan to manage their time to complete homework assignments and group work outside of the designated class times. 

Academic Director

Ted Mandell

Ted Mandell

Ted Mandell (M.A. University of Iowa, B.A. University of Notre Dame) has taught film and video production at Notre Dame for the past 34 years. He specializes in documentary production. Past Producer of numerous features on Notre Dame Athletics for, Ted is co-director of the documentary 88 and 1 (ESPN2), the award winning documentary Okuyamba, and producer of the Fighting Irish Media documentary series First Time Fans. Ted is also in charge of the annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival, has penned numerous national op-ed columns on media and popular culture, and is the author of the multimedia book Heart Stoppers and Hail Marys: The Greatest College Football Finishes (since 1970).