Beyond documentary films, the new emphasis also includes production of entertainment and marketing content
“We work on [students] actually creating their own original productions that are combining theoretical models with their own creative output,” Running Wolf said.
Students can practice hands-on, technical skills and produce their own work with the equipment and studios available in the school.
“Pretty much anything that you might need, we probably have at the Reynolds School,” Barber said. “We’re trying to take advantage of our fortune in having this excellent equipment and facilities for production.”
Along with its resources, the school’s location of Reno, Nevada, only a short plane ride away from Los Angeles, California, is ideal for students wanting to train in the field.
“Reno is not far from the number one entertainment industry hub, Los Angeles,” McClinton said. “Students can stay right here and make programming.”
Students graduating with an emphasis in film and media production have prospects to enter careers as independent filmmakers or documentarians, producers, directors, cinematographers and editors in the film industry.
“There’s a lot of career opportunity in this sector now,” Stavitsky said. “That is, in large part, why we established this emphasis – to provide more opportunities for our students.”
Current Reynolds School junior Joffea Burgos chose the film and media production emphasis because of her love for creating films. Within the emphasis, her classes include documentary filmmaking and intermediate media production.
“My future career aspirations are to either be a video editor and a video producer,” Burgos said. “I’d love to work for companies like Vox, A24, Netflix, where I’m able to create and produce incredible content and films [and] potentially create my own films as well.”