A Colorado film school is filming at its school every week, and a professor at the school says the practice is part of a broader trend toward students and educators having more time with their projects.
The University of Colorado at Boulder School of Cinematic Arts and Design is filming its first class of students every Thursday night in the film-school cafeteria at the university’s campus in Boulder.
A professor at CUAD, an education research and consulting company, said the students have been filming since last fall and are starting to film every Friday.
The school’s director, professor Robert Meeks, said it is the first time the students are filming every week.
“We don’t have a lot of students doing this at CUDA, and we are very fortunate,” he said.
“I’m sure that students would have loved to have more time to make a movie.
It’s just so much fun.
The students can get out and explore the theater and watch some movies.”
The students, who are mostly from CUDA and are also interested in directing, also participate in a weekly online course that includes a classroom and a projector.
“It’s an opportunity to get creative,” said Meeks.
“You learn about film, the industry, the craft, and the craft of filmmaking.”
In a separate video, one of the students, Cameron Smith, said he wanted to be an actor.
“For the first few years of my acting career I didn’t know that I was an actor,” he wrote.
“After a while I began to think about the possibility of being a director, and I wanted to get that experience.”
A school spokesperson said that the school does not provide any incentives for students to film, but that students who want to film must register for classes and pay the appropriate fees.
CUAD’s director of curriculum and administration, James Rask, said that students can film at any of the school’s classrooms, but only if the school makes clear where they are filming.
“All of the classrooms are filmed,” he told the Associated Press.
“There is no explicit instruction to any of us.”
Meeks said that if the students want to shoot in a classroom, they should do so with a camera and a teacher.
“The students are allowed to use a camera, they can film in the classroom,” he explained.
“But the student should be aware of the privacy rules.
And it’s their privacy.
They don’t want their teacher to know.”
Motsinger, the CUAD professor, said in an email to The Associated Press that he had not been involved in any discussions about the filming of the class, but added that it was “not appropriate to comment publicly about a private educational institution.”
He added that he was unaware of any other schools shooting video of students.
A university spokesperson said the university does not have any guidelines on the use of film or video cameras in classrooms, and said the school was not involved in the filming.
Meeks declined to say whether the students would shoot any of their own films.
“They would be the ones to tell us,” he added.
CUDA’s director for film, programming and production, John Harkness, said CUAD does not use any cameras to film students.
“CUDA is a very open and transparent institution and we do not have a policy on filming in classrooms,” he emailed.
“If students choose to film in a CUDA classroom, we will have a team of faculty and staff in place to monitor the students and the activity.
Any inappropriate conduct is immediately reported to the appropriate staff.”
In another email to the AP, CUAD director of communications Emily Smith said the college does not make a policy regarding filming.
She added that “CUAD does record student projects” and that students are free to film as they please.
“When a student films something on their own time, that student’s own initiative is not affected by the university,” she said.
But Meeks told The Associated Media that the filming is illegal.
“These students have not done anything wrong.
They’re free to record whatever they want.
I’m sure there are many students out there that have been recording in classrooms.”