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Gaining Hands-On Film Experience

Syracuse University professor is helping students get real-world experience through an on-set production course.

It’s one thing to watch or read about films; it’s another to gain hands-on experience making them.

“Working on set is the best way to learn about filmmaking,” states Professor Kara Herold, coordinator of the nationally ranked film program in Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Her learning-by-doing ethos permeates the On-Set Production course (FIL 500), where students like Janina Rios ’24 make their own film—in this case, a comedy short titled The Callback. Under the guidance of faculty experts and industry professionals, they are exposed to the entire production process, including writing, directing and editing. “It’s a safe, supportive environment,” says Evan Bode G’23, an aspiring production designer. “I feel like I’m ready for anything.”

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