Students in the Film and Media Arts Department develop creative and technical skills in film, video, audio and new media, as well as a theoretical understanding of media and culture. Students work in DV, HDV, High Definition, Widescreen, Super-16 mm and 35 mm. Graduates are prepared to develop their own independent productions or to assume a creative role in the motion picture and television industries.
Philadelphia Media Scene
In recent years, Philadelphia has repeatedly ranked as one of the top cities for independent filmmakers, ahead of Los Angeles. Reasons include a large filmmaking community, a healthy and helpful film office, affordable living, and a diverse city full of interesting locations (and owned by people still excited by filmmaking and willing to share what they have).
Philadelphia is a major cultural center for music, theater, dance, fine arts and media. The city has 19 television stations, sound stages, recording studios, dozens of video production and postproduction houses, over 60 movie houses, international film festivals, an active independent film and video community, several feature films produced on location each year. Scores of internship possibilities are open to majors in Film and Media Arts.
Philadelphia Film Society (www.phillyfest.com) sponsors two major film festivals each year, the Philadelphia Film Festival in April, and the Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in July.
Many students of Temple’s FMA program have become members of PIFVA, the Philadelphia Independent Film & Video Association (www.pifva.org). Membership includes a subscription to a newsletter announcing job opportunities and calls for entry, discounts on workshops and screenings at the International House Cinema, and eligibility for the PIFVA Subsidy Program. Numerous Temple students have been awarded subsidy grants for film and video projects through PIFVA.
In addition, Temple film students have regularly had their work accepted for exhibition on Philadelphia’s Cable Channel 54, DUTV (www.dutv.org), on WYBE’s Through the Lens and Philadelphia Stories (www.mindtv.org).
Philadelphia is also the home to the Scribe Video Center (www.scribe.org), a non-profit media arts center that seeks to explore, develop and advance the use of video as an artistic medium and a tool for progressive social change. A number of Temple film and video makers have gotten involved in Scribe’s efforts to reach communities that traditionally have not had access to video training or production facilities. Scribe engages people of color, women, young people, senior citizens, and those with limited economic resources in a dialogue about the potential of the video medium.
International House (www.ihousephilly.org) is a leading venue in Philadelphia for repertory film programming, independent premieres and cutting edge avant-garde cinema from around the world.
The Theater Alliance of Greater Philadelphia (www.theatrealliance.org) provides networking and support opportunities for the Philadelphia theater community. Subscribe to the Theater Alliance listserv to receive emails about happenings (including free tickets to shows), and to gain the opportunity to post audition notices to hundreds local actors, and to ask for help with costumes, props, locations and such.
Temple Certificate of Insurance
Temple students may request a Certificate of Insurance from the Temple University Risk Management & Insurance Office (www.temple.edu/rmi). There are two main areas of liability associated with the activities conducted by Temple University film students: general liability and property liability.