Stony Brook University Southampton and Manhattan are launching a new year-long graduate digital filmmaking program with Killer Films’ founding partners Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler. The graduate program is designed to match the reality of the film business today and will offer unprecedented access for participants to learn from top artists and producers in independent film and content creation. As digital storytelling becomes ever more platform-agnostic, so does the independent powerhouse Killer Films, which recently merged with the upstart IP incubator Glass Elevator Media to form Killer Content.
“Revolutionary change in technology has made filmmaking accessible,” said Christine Vachon. “Students are coming to film programs with greater literacy in visual storytelling than ever before. With Stony Brook we have the luxury of envisioning a new of model for instruction that embraces new platforms for distribution.” The approach is hands-on and experiential, and the emphasis is on the production of new work.
As part of the program, writers/directors will conceive, write and make a short film and producers will conceive and develop a film production plan.
Unlike some other New York-based film programs, the Stony Brook program takes affordability into consideration. “The high cost of graduate education has always been a concern to students pursuing the arts,” said Stony Brook Associate Provost Robert Reeves. “At Stony Brook Southampton and Manhattan, we are proud to offer excellent programs that are both inclusive and affordable.”
For the past decade, Reeves has developed high-caliber programs in Creative Writing & Literature, Theater and now Film, bringing in world-renowned faculty in each of these fields and offering students unsurpassed educational and professional experience at economically-friendly state tuition prices. “The goal is to offer graduate programs that are typically available only to the one per cent, at a price the 99 percent can afford. SUNY tuition allows us to do this.”
In addition to Vachon, Koffler, and the Killer Films team, Reeves brought on writer and producer Magdalene Brandeis as Associate Director of the film program, as well as producer Simone Pero, to join the faculty.
There will be an Open House held at Stony Brook Manhattan on Friday, June 6 to where you can meet the Killer Films team and learn more about the program.
For more information about the program and how to apply, check out the Stony Brook University website.
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