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Making A (Mini) Film in Class

Hear about Ethan's experience making a miniature film production in his CAMS 111 Digital Foundations class:

Hear about Ethan's experience making a miniature film production in his CAMS 111 Digital Foundations class:


Welcome back to my blog!

I have decided to share some fun times I had in my CAMS111 Digital Foundations class in this blog post. Even though I am a potential Chemistry and/or Environmental Studies major, I wanted to explore around and take advantage of all the class offerings at Carleton. In this CAMS class, we learned about many aspects of film production, including how-to-operate-an-expensive-camera, shooting, sound-recording, lighting, editing and so much more! I am truly enjoying this class so far!

Bran and Park

Last Thursday, we spent an entire class shooting a short sequence called “Bran and Park” (apparently this is a pretty common practice in film-making classes everywhere). Our class (of 15 people) was only given a short script of dialogue between the two characters, and we were responsible with everything else in the process from directing to stage designing, recording, acting to executing the script with our assigned roles, and using the resources from the CAMS production office and the Theater department. Our setting was between an awkward conversation between a kidnapper and his kidnapped victim, and boy was it fun to see everything come together!

My Role – Sound Recording

As a huge fan of music and sound in general, I happily took on the role of sound recording alongside two classmates. We operated shotgun microphones on boom-poles and Lavalier microphone to record the actors’ lines and other sounds from the scene, as well as collected sound effects from online resources. It was really fun working with classmates on a project like this. It felt like that we were on a legit and professional set making some serious film in a professional studio (I really wish I remembered to take pictures to share with you!).

Once the shooting and recording is done, every student in the class needs to finish up the assignment with their own editing of the film, using Adobe Premier Pro provided in the CAMS department, like in the IdealLab, where I will spent the majority of my Saturday at to finish this assignment.

That’s all for my blog this week! Have a great day/week everyone! Happy (I guess late?) Valentine’s Day!


Ethan is a first-year international student from Beijing, China, and is exited to embrace the environment and winter in Minnesota. Ethan is a huge soccer fan as he watches and plays it as often as he listens to music, especially a cappella music by Pentatonix and other artists. Although his passions in Environmental Studies and Chemistry flow through his veins, Ethan is thrilled to explore other areas like Music and Computer Science in his time at Carleton. Meet the Other Bloggers!