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Independent Filmmakers and Creators

The idea, the dream that is circling your mind, driving you to fever until it's unleashed. The spirit of a freelancer and grit of a craftsman is what's needed in the Motion Picture and Television production industry. A demo reel and an approved Associate's degree is a prerequisite for this program. The industry depends on an economically diverse workforce and vast project collaboration.

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What you will learn

The Independent Digital Film program will prepare you for the reality of the marketplace through the instruction of the filmmaking business and behind-the-scenes aspects of filmmaking including how the industry works for independent films, web-based productions and other avenues of exhibition.

Some of the areas of study are:

  • Screenwriting
  • Art Design
  • Directing the Actor
  • Production Management
  • Funding and Distribution
  • Sound Theory

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How you will learn

The instructors at Madison Media Institute have the experience that will start you out on the right foot.You will learn how to:

  • Write a script
  • Break down a script for pre-production
  • Budget a script
  • Shoot a script
  • Develop post production workflow
  • Distribute and market a film
  • Create your own filmmaking business
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What's the takeaway?

Bachelor of Science Degree Completion

60 Weeks

From managing productions, to finding distributors and production assistants, there will continue to be an increased need and a priority given to highly trained and experienced employees. The Digital Film Final Project in the fourth semester will anchor you to the skills needed to make quality short films.

You want to be an independent filmmaker? The keyword here is "Independent." It was developed with following industry changes:

  • With the influx of online distributors like Netflix's Red Envelope, YouTube's Screening Room and Amazon's Studios, more opportunities for outlets and exposure are given to all filmmakers.
  • Hollywood film is still one of the biggest exports of American entertainment and more states are courting Hollywood as location sites creating many working opportunities.

Graduates of The Independent Digital Film program will be prepared to enter this growing industry.

Here are just some of the career opportunities for qualified Independent Filmmakers

  • Producers
  • Directors
  • Production Managers
  • Associate Producers
  • Screenwriters
  • Cinematographers
  • Editors
  • Art Supervisors and Designers
  • Post Production Sound

Put all your hard work into action with a degree in Independent Digital Film…Sign up today!

Meet Our Featured Instructors

Nella Citino

Program Chair

Nella Citino is Chair of the Independent Digital Film department and a media veteran with over 20 years experience in the video and broadcast industries. She has a Bachelor's of Arts from Kent State University, and a Master's of Arts from Bowling Green State University. Nella has supervised several national, regional, and local broadcast programs and a variety of online projects. She has produced, directed, and written documentaries, children's programs, and news segments.

Her television production credits include: Get Real! - national children's show, Zoom! – national children's show, Prime Time Wisconsin - Statewide Arts program, The Science of Inspiration.

Awards and national recognition include: Five Gabriel Awards, Seven Emmys from the Chicago Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Central Educational Network, Silver Awards, Special Recognition Award from the National Association of Broadcasters, Chicago International Film Festival, Gold Award, Three Telly Awards, Corporation for Public Broadcasting Award, Parents' Choice Award

Nella continually seeks opportunities for students through community outreach to nonprofits. She is a board member of the Educational committee of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association and original board member of Film Wisconsin.

Madison Media Institute featured instructor Nella Citino


Gary Dunham

Gary Dunham has worked in LA as a first camera assistant for more than 30 years. His credits include Hannibal, Baywatch, One Fine Day, Edtv, Air Force One and The Virgin Suicides among many other well known films. Gary's present interest is to bring back state incentives for independent filmmakers in Wisconsin.

Madison Media Institute featured instructor Gary Dunham


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