Join us in the new building for filming and fighting
Three seniors welcome you to Theatre, Film and Media Arts’ new home, which features plenty of space to build sets, transform into fictional characters and make movies.
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Fourth-year Emily Broski starts her day at 8 a.m. sharp in the new Theatre, Film and Media Arts building. She goes from class to class — Theatre 5305: Painting and Drawing, Theatre 5835: Special Topics in Movement (Stage Combat), you name it — working until her third-floor play rehearsal ends at 10:30 p.m. To her, spending all day in this new building is a blessing.
“I love that you can do everything here,” says Broski, who starred in the building’s first production, “She Kills Monsters.” “It’s like a universe of its own.”
360 video: Stage combat class
The new building, an upgrade from the riverfront Drake Performance and Event Center that housed the department for more than 50 years, opened fall semester. To find out how the space is being used, we joined a senior from each of the department’s tracks: Broski, in theatre; Chloe “Cleo” Somohano, in moving-image production; and David Cassady, in film studies.
“While film studies is a program more focused on film theory, the new space gives us the opportunity to be hands-on,” says Cassady, whose Video Production 2 class on Tuesdays and Thursdays digs into movie making by analyzing camera work and other skills. “The space allows so much more room for creativity.”
360 video: The costume studio
Some of the students’ favorite places include the sound stage, student lounge, costume studio — even the freight elevators and reservable lockers got shoutouts.
The new building, located on College Road just one block from the Oval, not only offers state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, but also is a place where students, faculty and staff work and play in the heart of campus. With the building’s floor-to-ceiling windows, onlookers can see this community where collaboration is celebrated.
“Before, I always knew that there was a sense of community within our department,” Somohano says. “Now, I can see it.”
360 video: Video production class