The Film Crew Technology program allows students to get hands-on experience and learn the necessary skills to succeed as crew members in the film, video, and media industries.
The Film Crew Technology program is located at Columbia State's Williamson Campus. The program is a high-intensive, 12-month certificate program designed to break the catch-22 conundrum most beginning filmmakers have. "How do I get hired without experience, but how do I get experience without getting hired?"
Film Crew Technology provides access to the tools students need to know to find professional work!
Columbia State's Film Crew Technology program is one of only three colleges in North America that offers this technology level to undergraduate students. This technology includes:
The ARRI Alexa
The RED Dragon
Cinema Prime Lenses
Jibs and Cranes
Grip & Electric
3-Ton Grip Truck, Stocked
ARRI & KINO Lighting
SOUND DEVICES Field Recorders
Boom Mic Rigs
Other Technologies Include:
Sound Stage: 40'x40'x30' space; 2-wall, white cyclorama, DMX lighting board and lights
Preproduction & Post Computer Lab: Featuring - Adobe Creative Cloud, Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve, Movie Magic Scheduling & Budgeting, ScriptE, ShotPut, Shot Designer, and other technologies used on professional productions.
Set Safety and Etiquette – The importance of being Set Ready
Preproduction – Script Breakdowns, Locations, Planning, Scheduling, and Art Department
Production – Electrical (lighting), Grip, 2 & 4K Cinematography, Sound, Script Supervision, and DIT (Digital Imaging Technician)
Post-Production – Media Management, Nonlinear Editing, Color Correction, and Delivery
Staffed by working, award-winning motion picture professionals.
Those graduating with the Film Crew Technology certificate have many options after completing the program. The two most common are:
Stepping right into the film production workforce.
Ideal for those wanting to work below-line as G&E, camera/cinematography, post, etc.
Continuing to get a Bachelor's degree:
Working in the industry (rather than fast food or retail) while getting one's degree is ideal. It not only increases your experience but also expands your network—something essential for this industry.
Ideal for those wanting to eventually work above-line as a writer, director, producer, etc.