Alex Harris – Production Coordinator – Class of 2011

Literally three days after graduation, I was working on an independent feature film as casting director.

What I liked best about the cinema program was its flexibility and diversity.  Because this is not a conservatory, you are not forced to take classes that you are not interested in, or prevented from taking as many cinema classes as you like.  The professors offer new topics each semester, and some classes you can repeat to complete your requirements for the major.

You are free to take creative writing or acting classes in the English department, photography at the Hartford Art School, and television production in the School of Communication, as well as courses in Art History, Psychology and Philosophy. You can specialize in whatever niche of filmmaking or film studies you want to pursue. I wanted a liberal arts education rather than a fine arts degree because I wanted a broad academic experience, and Hartford offers that.

The professors were fantastic. They are very knowledgeable, always available for one-on-one discussions, and brought a new perspective to film. In their courses, I’ve been exposed to animation, Super8 and 16mm filmmaking, producing, directing, screenwriting, HD camera technology, experimental cinema, and contemporary French cinema, among other topics.

My experiences at Hartford provided me with creative insight into the movie-making process and prepared me for a career in this field. Literally three days after graduation, I was working on an independent feature film as casting director. I have since worked on many other features and also an HBO series. Hartford has provided me with the tools to pursue my dreams and the drive to achieve them.