Integrating classroom learning with experiences and skills necessary in the non-academic world is one of the goals of Hamilton’s liberal arts program. Students have hands-on opportunities to work with a variety of media. Examples include courses in which film or Web-based assignments are required, such as Virtual Worlds, Women Filmmakers and Seminar in e-Black Studies: Race and Cyberculture.
A special opportunity came recently when students participated in a recent film treatment challenge presented by Thomas Tull, a Hamilton alumnus and founder/CEO of Legendary Pictures. Tull invited students to present an idea for a film for review by Legendary’s production company professionals, who came to campus to hear “pitches.” One student writer was selected to visit Legendary’s headquarters in California to continue discussions with the firm’s creative team.
Hamilton brings to campus film writers and directors who lend insight into their work. Recent guests included world-class director Mira Nair (Mississippi Masala, Salaam Bombay, Vanity Fair) who discussed her film Monsoon Wedding, in which a family travels from around the world to reunite in New Delhi for a last-minute arranged marriage; Tracy Fullerton, who presented a lecture on online video game design; critically acclaimed Devil Music Ensemble, who provided musical accompaniment during the screening of the silent martial arts film Red Heroine; Iranian-born artist Shirin Neshat (Passage, Women Without Men); and Academy Award-winner and master of montage Chuck Workman (Precious Images).