When teaching film, poignant moments occur. I regularly observe passive camera-users apply their intelligence, learn skill and develop voice. In doing so, they become conscious observers of light, shape and shadow. For those that wish to tell stories, they practice. They repeat exercises over and over while consistently developing and growing a new language and skill. Granted, holding a piece of technology and investigating personal behavior, characters and ideas is not exactly natural, but in these early lessons, I am always amazed about just how how innate our ability to tell stories really is.
Today, the semester at CCSU closes. In the coming days, I will share some extraordinary new work from our film students. It was a great year.
Posted by: Jeff Teitler – Associate Professor, Central Connecticut State University