Learning to Film Is Just a Saturday Away

There’s something very Hollywood happening Saturdays at 1 p.m. on the fifth floor of the DUC. Each weekend, Emory’s own closed-circuit television channel, ETV, hosts “ETV Shoots,” in which students from every experience level and major come together to storyboard, shoot and edit different scenes from popular movies. The workshops walk students start-to-finish through the many aspects of filmmaking.

Anyone interested in what goes into making a film is invited to attend.

“We want to provide an overview of the entire filmmaking process so students get a sense of what interests them,” said Goizueta Business School junior Meredith Metcalf, creative producer of ETV and co-president of Emory Film Club. “We’d like students to build the confidence and skills necessary to write short films or shows, pitch them to ETV and then shoot and edit them.”

The weekly ETV Shoots familiarizes attendees with storyboards, shot lists, cameras, lighting, sound and even FinalCut Pro 7, a prominent video editing software program used in the professional field.

ETV regulars assist new members as they shoot scenes on campus and lend a helping hand when adding titles, sound effects and color correction during the editing process. Doing this prepares newcomers for ETV300, a 48-hour campus-wide film competition this October, and Campus MovieFest in the spring.

So far at the ETV Shoots, students have shot and edited scenes from popular movies like “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Juno.” But the meetings are not just limited to recreating existing pieces of work.

“Students can also look forward to workshops focusing on screenwriting, production design and makeup,” Metcalf added, encouraging anyone interested in any component of filmmaking to attend. “ETV Shoots are open to everyone. We try to keep them light and fun so anyone can enjoy.”

What participants like most, it seems, is how each shoot teaches something unique.

College freshman Joshua Snell, a new member of ETV, commented, “ETV is more fun than I could imagine because we learn through experience.”

ETV is an engaging way to meet new people and master new skills each weekend. No matter if you’re an editing pro or a camera newbie, all students are welcome and can show up as frequently or infrequently as their schedule allows.

“I love meeting new people who are so open to trying to new things and are so enthusiastic about filmmaking,” Metcalf said, advising anyone keen on cinematography to drop by on Saturday.

“We’d love to make a video with you!”

— By Jenna Kingsley