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DECEMBER 20, 2015 • ISSUE 323

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David Lynch, founder of the MA in Film program


From left to right: Agnes Baginska, Zachary Peel-McGregor, Peter Arnold, and Jordan Stackland working on Agnes’ DLMA student film Last Tree Standing (Photo by Mel Sauerbeck)


Bill Borden, instructor of the new Web TV track

Students to Produce Web TV Series in New Track in Film MA

The Media and Communications Department is launching a new track in the David Lynch MA in Film program. Starting in February 2016, the new track will concentrate on student collaboration with the goal of producing a web-based TV series.

The first semester will focus on screenwriting, and students will team up to write the individual episodes. They will also attend seminars with guest speakers on writing, acting, directing, and producing, and begin working on preproduction.

In the second semester the class will film the series, and each student will be able to direct at least one episode. In the third semester students will edit their episodes. Toward the end of the third semester they will head to Los Angeles to meet with David Lynch and to pitch their TV series to distributors, agents, and studios.

“This program is unusual because there’s a possibility their series could get picked up by one of the many companies such as Amazon that now offer streaming video,” said Michael Barnard, director of the David Lynch MA in Film program. “In other filmmaking programs students do a thesis film, but they rarely get picked up.”

Among the teachers in the new track will be Hollywood producer Bill Borden, whose 35 movies include Mission: Impossible III and La Bamba, and screenwriter Ellen Sandler, whose credits include co-executive producer of the popular TV series Everybody Loves Raymond.

Screenwriting will be taught by Ms. Sandler, with assistance from Dorothy Rompalske, an adjunct professor of directing and screenwriting in the Film Department at Brooklyn College in New York. Ms. Rompalske wrote the script for Cinema Combat: Hollywood Goes to War that aired on the AMC cable network.

Watch Bill Borden talk about the program here.

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