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Digital Filmmaking

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Instructor: Carlos Diaz View Carlos Diaz's biography View Carlos Diaz's CV

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Program Description:

Ready. Set. Action. Students prepare to film a commercial

The Digital Filmmaking program exposes students to the world of motion picture storytelling, where they will have the opportunity to produce digital films ranging from a narrative film, documentary, commercial, music video, TV show, and web series. Within these projects, students are given the opportunity to perform each of the production functions. Beyond these real world projects, students read (or watch) and analyze articles, movie scenes and entire films.

The Digital Filmmaking class is an intensive yearlong introduction to visual storytelling, video production, film theory and journalism. Applicants should have an interest in writing stories, exploring camera and lighting technology, cultivating teamwork, and mastering video editing software.

Digital Filmmaking is fast paced, teamwork oriented and full of opportunities for learning new skills and self-directed learning.  Students practice solid filmmaking techniques. Each student writes and directs short films in order to master setting, character, empty/off-screen space, reflections, foreground/background action, composition, casting and product placement.

Recommended Coursework:  Students applying to RTCC should have achieved junior status.  Additionally, in order to allow students to take full advantage of the program they should also have completed: all art, health, physical education, and driver’s education credits.

  • Grade level reading comprehension and writing ability are essential
  • Excellent math skills including an understanding of Algebra I
  • Art credits - Preferably photography, video, 3D, or music

Interests and Attitudes: It is important for students to have particular interests and possess certain attitudes in order to excel in this program. Students applying for the Digital Filmmaking program should possess the following:

  • A desire to learn about and practice visual storytelling, video production and other computer technology, film theory, and journalism
  • An interest in exploring a career in the film or television
  • An ability to work as a team player in a fast-paced environment
  • A commitment to take advantage of new learning opportunities

College Credit:

Students completing the program have the opportunity to earn the following college credits: At Castleton State College, COM 1211, Video Workshop I (3 credits); at Community College of Vermont, FLM 1050, Introduction to Filmmaking, (3credits).

After the Program:

Graduates of the program are prepared to enter a two or four-year college program in the film or communications field. They are also equipped with the necessary technical and professional skills needed to enter the workforce in a variety of positions, including freelance or studio directors, directors of photography, gaffers or grips, editors or assistant editors, film set PAs, sound engineers, boom operators, sound mixers, or on screen talent.  

Industry Certifications: The program is currently pursuing offering students certification in Adobe Creative Suite.

Post Secondary Education Options:

RTCC’s program provides a solid foundation for application to any colleges and universities that offer programs related to the field of digital filmmaking. Many New England colleges and institutions throughout the US offer higher education in video production/ filmmaking: Savannah College of Art & Design, UVM, Middlebury College, Champlain College, Johnson State College, Lyndon State College, Castleton State College, Full Sail University, Burlington College, CCV, Art Institutes. 

To apply or for more information, contact Pat Halpin, Guidance Coordinator, at (802) 728-9595 or, or download an application at

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