Kyle Rodgers

The faculty, staff and students are extremely supportive

When someone is making a film, they need support.  The care that the faculty in the Department of Cinema program at the University of Hartford gives is the best. I have been through another film department at another school and it has come nowhere near what Hartford offers. The faculty, staff and students are extremely supportive.

Everyone gives you ideas if you need help. If you are confused about a certain shot you took or how to edit a scene, they will help you. You can access the editing lab 24/7, which was great.  Lauren Cook, my professor for filmmaking courses, is by far one of the best teachers I have ever had.  She is extremely knowledgeable about the art of film, and is completely down to earth.  I have learned so much from her.  Some of the projects she has assigned have included audio only films, simple editing films, one shot camera films, simple drawing films, and also larger scale film projects.

One of my favorite assignments was the audio only project where we created a film telling a story with three tracks of audio and no visuals, editing it with Final Cut Pro. One audio track had only background noise, the second had the actual dialogue of the story, and the third had clips that went along with the story.  Before this project, I was always having trouble editing sound and background noise.  Now when I shoot a film, I think back to that project and ask myself, “Ok do I have background sound, and can I hear the dialogue?”

Classes with Professor Walsh have made me really question how I perceived film.  He encourages you to question what you’re watching and to express your own opinions about film.  His essay assignments are the best way to study a particular film or director.

Taking cinema courses at Hartford is the best decision of my life so far. I value every moment I have here.