Film Studies

Alexandria Blythe ‘10 FILM-AlexandriaBlythe
F09-S10 D-plan: R-R-R
Film and Media Studies/Ethics
Pre-Law

Favorite and least favorite things about your department:

My favorite thing about the Film Department is the small class size that enables the professor to get to know each student reasonably well and allows the use of certain teaching techniques that would be difficult to implement in large classes.  Thus, the professor becomes the facilitator for interesting discussions rather than relying solely on lectures.  Due to the incredible diversity of the film students, the discussions are lively and insightful.  Small class size encourages a sense of camaraderie among the students as we work together to create.  My least favorite thing is that Dartmouth lacks a Film Foreign Study Program.  Organizing a flexible academic plan proves difficult, too, since many classes are offered only once a year.

Important info for potential majors:

Film majors need to carefully strategize and plan course work since some film classes are not offered every term.  Take a higher-level film course as early as possible in order to assess your interest in film studies.  Allot time for classes that offer hands-on opportunities in areas such as production and editing.  Research, network, and talk with professors early about film internships; internships are often unpaid and difficult to get so plan ahead.

Talk to me if:

Talk to me if you are struggling with justifying Film and Media studies as a bona fide major.  Also, talk with me if you are considering an Ethics minor.

Most valuable academic info learned:

Make sure you set a goal to get to know several professors really well before leaving Dartmouth.  Take them to lunch, visit them during office hours, engage their minds, seek them as mentors and respect their advice. Most academically strong students have one-to-one support from at least one professor. Secondly, embrace the advice of academically successful students.  Thirdly, relate your academic studies to your personal life–decide why you want to major in a specific area.

Favorite class and professor:

It is difficult to choose only one class and professor as my favorite because the creative nature of the Film Department generally attracts interesting, out-of-the-box thinkers who nudge students to take responsibility for shaping their own creative ideas and artistic expressions. Film 30 and Film 34 are primarily examples of professors’ flexible teaching styles and creative approaches to helping students achieve success.  Blitz me and I will be happy to share my insight into classes.

Major classes taken:

Film 1, 22, 30, 33, 34, 40, 42, 46

Major journey:

I arrived at Dartmouth determined to pursue a major worthy of a Dartmouth education (translated—money and success).  Thus, I chose economics.  I plunged into economic courses first year, but I lacked passion for the subject.  I reassessed what I wanted from a liberal arts education. I decided that if I followed my true calling, I would find a way to financially prosper and respect my authentic self.  Film and media studies reinvigorated my creative passions!

Major-specific activities:

Film 30 Citation; Film Internship at di Bonaventura Pictures

Thesis status:

I am currently considering and evaluating several options for my thesis.

Other activities:

Pangea; The Tabard; Prison Project; Film Society; Daniel Webster Legal Society; Dartmouth Investment and Philanthropy Program (2008); The Dartmouth (2006-2008);
Leadership Discovery Program (2007); Ivy Leadership Summit (2007)

Off-campus program:

Spanish FSP in Madrid, 07F

Internship experience:

di Bonaventura Pictures, Intern, 09X, Los Angeles, CA
Nature’s Way, Marketing Intern, 08X, Salt Lake City, UT
Marsh & McLennan, Summer Risk Analyst, 07X, Atlanta, GA
Received nation-wide internship award recognizing my outstanding work, Received second-place award nation-wide for the culminating team presentations.

sliderSimone Stone ‘10 FILM-SimoneStone
F09-S10 D-plan:  R-L-R
Film and Media Studies and Geography

Favorite and least favorite things about your department:

My favorite and least favorite thing about the department is that it is small. Small is good because you get to meet most of the other film majors in various classes and get to know them really well. However, because the department is really small, I feel that it is hard to truly express the wonders of film studies because there are so few film studies majors.

Important info for potential majors:

Start planning and/or figuring out what you are interested in early because some classes are offered at odd times and may or may not be available when you would like to take them.

Talk to me if:

you are especially interested in production, but also come to me if you have questions in general about classes and/or life in general.

Most valuable academic info learned:

Try to miss little to no classes if possible because valuable information is missed and relying on friends only works up to a certain point.

Favorite class and professor:

Film 31 (Filmmaking 1) has been so far one of my favorite classes at Dartmouth. The class was interesting. Although I spent many hours on projects (mine and others), I met interesting people, two of which have become some of my closest friends at Dartmouth. The professor was passionate and was helpful as was the T.A. and the Technology Director.

Major classes taken:

Film 1, 20, 21, 22, 31, 32, 40, 42, 46, 47; Geography 3,4, 13, 22, 31, 35, 58; Psych 10
Major journey: (i.e. how you chose your major, 75 max) I took Film History I (Film 20) during my freshman fall as a filler class. I chose it because I grew up watching films and had never really had any specific desire to watch silent films, but felt that as an area that I knew nothing about, it would be fun to take the class. I ended up really enjoying the class and the professor and decided to take other film classes.

Thesis status:

I am not planning on doing a thesis but I do plan on doing a culminating project in production.

Other activities:

Alpha Xi Delta-New Member Educator, Heritage Chair; Panhellenic Council-VP Recruitment; Film Society-Directorate; Winter Carnival Council- Polar Bear Swim Co-chair; Powershift 2008; Rugby; University Press of New England-Marketing Assistant; College Copy Center-Student Clerk

Internship experience:

CBS 46, Production Intern, Summer 2009, Atlanta, GA.

sliderZach Mason ‘10 film2-mason
F09-S10 D-plan: R-R-R
Film and New Media, Public Policy (minor)

Favorite and least favorite thing about department:

It is very difficult to discuss my least favorite things within the Film and Television Studies Department. Most of all besides the interesting curriculum I enjoy the close connection that there is between the Film Department faculty and the students. The Profs are always available and are here to encourage students. The college experience should be a dialogue between students and faculty members. This is very evident in the Film and Television Studies Department. At times, there is a need for more equipment to make film making a bit more user friendly. But overall, the Department manages to compensate for such a minor detail.

Important info for potential majors:

Students interested in the major should take a higher level film course as early as possible; Theories and Methodologies is a good one (Film 40) because this class must be taken in order to complete a culminating experience. Be prepared to take Film Theory and History but also try some production (independent study where you work on making a film). You will find both the scholarly aspect of the film and production very rewarding.

Talk to me if:

you’re interested studying Film and or Government. Have questions about film theory, history, or production. Or just love to talk about films!!!!

Most valuable academic information learned:

In film 1 taught by Joanna Rapf, we learned the importance of film and music editing. We have alumni come in and talk about their experiences with different technical aspects of the profession. These “tricks of the trade” have paid off in various projects that I have done.

Favorite class and professor:

I loved Professor Desjardins’ class Film History 20: Silent to Sound for her ability to connect to make the topics really interesting and for the ability to see many clips and analyze clips from the start of film history. She always had questions and discussions were always interesting. Her enthusiasm for film and appreciation for history- theory were a very inspiring mix. She constantly pushed students to work hard and really care about the material.

Major classes taken:

FILM 1, 10, 20, 21, 31, 41, 42, 46, 47, 90; Music 8; German 42

Major journey:

I came to Dartmouth interested in government. During my first term I took film 20 (Silent to Sound) and also became active with the Dartmouth Film society. Then I took Film 40 my freshmen winter and although I was the only freshman, it was an intense class that made me even more interested in film studies. The professors are really knowledgeable and passionate. In addition because their number of majors is fewer than other majors, they are always there to help and advise. Soon I found myself combining my passion for film and government. It also has given me the change to be creative, make short films and work with other students in animation and studio art.

Major specific activities:

First Year Research Grant, Independent research, Dartmouth Film Society, Buster Keaton Festival Finalist, AFL-CIO Film Project, “BLADE” Film Competition

Thesis Status:

I will now be working on a documentary called “Sons and Daughters” about the Dartmouth Experience and Diversity on-campus, Jim Brown and Jeff Ruoff

Other activities:

WDCR-Director, Dartmouth Film Society, Campus Progress-Representative, Green Key Society- Historian, Ballroom Dance, UGA, Dartmouth Green Corps, Admissions RAA, Programming Board, Honor Education Committee

Internship experience:

Project on Government Oversight, 06X Washington DC; Hughes, Hubert, and Reed Law Firm, 08F Miami/ New York