By Emily Vidas
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Filmmaking is the aspiration of many college students, although stepping into the industry is far from easy. Camden County College now offers a Film & Television Production Career Program to assist students in success for their future.
The Career Programs brochure for 2012 on the Camden County College website includes the addition of a film production program. Until recently, the program was under financial advisement and not available to students. This semester, students can take the classes needed to complete the program.
Students interested in film majoring in communications no longer have to generalize their studies because a film category has been added to the Master Course List this semester. Classes include Film Appreciation, Television Appreciation and Film: Stricture Light Sound Space.
Film appreciation teacher Tom Murray says he fully supports the classes for those interested in pursuing film and for others to look more into it. He adds Filmmaking 101 starts next semester and the next lighting and production course will be available to students in fall of 2013.
However, many students interested in these courses don’t even know they are available yet. First-year student and aspiring television producer Crista Rowan, says, “I had no idea the classes or program were even up and running yet, I thought I would have to wait until I transferred to take film courses … I will definitely be signing up for them within the next couple semesters.”
Joe Romano, a second-year student who is studying film appreciation, has big dreams of becoming the next Christopher Nolan (director, The Dark Knight) or David Fincher (director, Fight Club). He believes these classes are a great opportunity for students like him. “It’s great that county colleges offer programs like these to film students. Not everyone has the money to go to New York Film Academy or an expensive university, but that doesn’t mean that they are any less talented,” he says.
Attending a county college certainly does not mean you will never make it in the industry. Many actors and even Oscar winners and nominees attended county schools, including Dustin Hoffman (The Graduate), Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino), Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption), Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby) and Nick Nolte (Warrior).