Category Archives: Filmmaking

CCM Students Shoot Films in Saudi Arabia

Over winter break, eight Champlain College students travelled to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to co-produce two short films, alongside local Saudi filmmakers as part of a one-credit travel embedded course. The students’ majors include Filmmaking, Broadcast Media Production, and Creative Media. Professors John Rasmussen, Julia Swift, and Van Dora Williams were faculty leaders of the trip. This was the first year the trip was offered, but Rasmussen says it certainly won’t be the last.

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New Gear for Broadcast Media and Filmmaking Departments

Last year, television station NBC5 (WPTZ) moved from Plattsburgh, NY to South Burlington and recently donated their anchor desk and two studio cameras to Champlain College’s Broadcast Media Production program in the Division of Communication and Creative Media. Continue reading

Julia Swift Attends NYC and LA Film Events

Julia Swift, assistant professor of Filmmaking, travelled to New York City on Nov. 9 for the Netflix premiere of Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” and The Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards (CCDA). A little more than a week later, she flew out to LA for the premiere of Fernando Meirelles’ “The Two Popes.” Swift brought along Champlain College alumni on both trips.

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Van Dora Williams Presents on The Black Press

Associate Professor Dr. Van Dora Williams (program director for Broadcast Media Production, Filmmaking, and Sonic Arts at Champlain College) was an invited panelist at the 13th Annual Black New England Conference. The conference, “Black Ink: African American News from Slave Songs to Social Media” was held October 25-26 at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire. Continue reading

Julia Swift Attends LA Premiere for “The Irishman”

Julia Swift, Assistant Professor of Filmmaking in the Division of Communication and Creative Media, spent Oct. 24 in Los Angeles, where she attended Netflix’s premiere of “The Irishman.” As a member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Swift was flown out by Netflix in order to attend the event. Continue reading

Blake Donovan Awarded Stowe Story Lab Fellowship

Earlier this year, junior filmmaking student Blake Donovan was awarded a Fellowship, which allowed him to attend the 2019 Stowe Story Lab. He spent Sept. 7 – 10 at the Helen Day Arts Center in the heart of Stowe, Vermont, where he worked with other screenwriters and industry mentors on their screenplays.

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PROFESSOR KEITH OPPENHEIM AND ALUMNA DANIELLE HAZELTON AT VTIFF

The 34th annual Vermont International Film Festival (VITFF) ran Oct.16-27 in downtown Burlington and featured films produced by Champlain faculty and alumni. The festival featured almost 70 independent films shown at the Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington City Arts, and Echo Lakeside Hall. Continue reading

SWIFT AT THE BOX OFFICE: “ABOMINABLE”

Official Rotten Tomatoes Critic and Assistant Professor of Filmmaking Julia Swift is back with another mychamplainvalley.com movie review. This time she reviewed the 2019 film “Abominable” by Jill Culton. Continue reading

Film Majors and Broadcast Majors Winners of Student Emmys

Several Champlain College students were honored with New England Student Emmys recently, highlighting their work as Broadcast Media Production and Filmmaking majors. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awarded four student Emmys to Champlain College students, as well as eleven Honorable Mentions. The students are invited to an awards ceremony in June in […]

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