FIU’s Film Initiative is now accepting short film entries for the annual Panther Film Festival. Are you interested in filmmaking but don’t know where to start? We’ve made a list of some resources on campus that students can use to make short films.
Educational Technology Services
For students looking to dabble in videography and filmmaking, ETS is the best place to find equipment to use on campus. Available to students are video cameras, tripods, boom mics, audio equipment and more. While some equipment can be checked out with just a student ID, some require approval from faculty. To use this equipment and get a full resource list, stop by ETS.
Located at MMC in Green Library 150 and BBC in Academic One 148.
Honors College Edge Lab
The Edge Lab is a makerspace in the Honors College with equipment and mentors available for students to use for educational and personal projects. Some resources available to students working on film projects are a green screen (sheet/backdrop), boom mic, lighting equipment, and MACs with Adobe Suite. Although it is sponsored by the Honors College, the space and resources are open to all students. To use equipment or see a mentor for guidance, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment.
Located at MMC OE165
Green Library at MMC
Did you know? The second floor of the Green Library at MMC has an audio editing room as well as MACs equipped with Adobe Suite (including Premiere and After Effects) for those interested in trying editing and special effects.
FIU Film Club
The Film Initiative at FIU is a student-led organization that hosts weekly events at the MMC for students interested in film. This is a great resource for students to meet other peers interested in films, as well as participate in Screenwriting Workshops and 48 Hour Film Challenges. Follow them at @fiufilm on Instagram (also follow us on Instagram @fiufilmstudies)
The Writing Center
Have an idea for a short film but need help with your script or outline? The writing center has a staff of writers who can help you edit scripts, work out kinks, or even outline a project. If you want help with a script, make an appointment at the Writing Center here.
Located at MMC in GL125, at BBC in the Hubert Hert Library 2nd floor, and at EC 2792
Emily Rivero is a junior at Florida International University studying Creative Writing and Film Studies. She is an aspiring screenwriter who subscribes to too many streaming services and wishes Netflix would stop asking if she’s “still watching.”