Martin Scorsese. Steven Spielberg. Catherine Hardwicke. Quentin Tarantino. [Your Name Here].
Every famous director has his or her own story. Some apprenticed under other directors. Some started in television, then moved on to feature films. Others were actors or screenwriters who wanted to take the directing reins into their own hands. But one thing they all have in common is experience. These are people who took advantage of every opportunity to learn more and do more while climbing the ladder in this highly competitive industry.
Let’s face it — the more experience you have in any profession, the more marketable you’re going to be. At Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, you’ll get more hands-on experience than at any other film school out there.
At Dodge College, we put a camera in your hands the very first day. Every class is like a film workshop; you learn by doing. And the “doing” opportunities are endless: intense filmmaking activities — writing, directing, shooting, editing — are going on at all hours of the day and night in and around our facility, Marion Knott Studios, as well as on location. And the technology available to you is unimaginable: three sound stages, insert stages for cinematography and television / broadcast journalism, a Foley stage, Dolby surround mixing, motion capture capabilities, and dedicated spaces for pre- and post-production. Basically, there’s nothing that can be done in Hollywood that you can’t do at Dodge.
You’ll study under master storytellers who’ve honed their craft over a lifetime of award-winning work and who have a combined filmography of more than 300 feature films, a record unmatched by any other film school in the country. And our location, just a heartbeat from Hollywood, enables internships with studios and production companies as well as visits from major Hollywood directors, cinematographers, editors, screenwriters and others.
At Dodge College, you’re given the freedom to discover what really excites you as you find your own creative voice. You’ll interact and collaborate with other students who are just as passionate about storytelling for the screen and ready to contribute great things to your productions. And at the end of your four years, you’ll have a solid education in filmmaking, extraordinary first-hand experience and a reel of your best work to use as a calling card to the industry.