Ringling Adjunct

This past January, our Creative Director agreed to becoming an adjunct professor with Ringling College in the Digital Film Department. Jerry is teaching Cinematic Story Telling to the second semester freshman class. Jerry describes the class as a “buffet” of the filmmaking process, basically getting to taste all the aspects of filmmaking without a focus on any one particular job type. Jerry states, “the students are exposed to all the particular components of filmmaking by diving right in & creating film exercises then stitching those exercises together to make a short film. They get to touch on all the departments necessary in making a film without concentrating on one job type.”

The students, in their sophomore year, begin to develop the individual core jobs by taking specifically tailored classes that focus on one filmmaking aspect like script writing, cinematography & lighting. In the meantime, however, the freshman class gets a quick sense of what it takes to put a film together. The course is quick & decisive & really shows where each student’s talents lie.

Jerry enjoyed his first endeavor as a faculty member saying that the experience was surreal because the program has changed so much since he was a student at the college. “The landscape/footprint of the school is 90% different & the programs have expanded exponentially so it was like I was going there for the first time. However as an alumni, I am happy to be able to give back to the school in another capacity while still being able to run Illum.” Jerry says.

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