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COM FT 505 – Television Production – Hothouse
This is a class that operates as a student-run, client-driven production company. Projects include PSA’s for local TV stations, videos for non-profits, an occasional music video, and documentary shorts. From time to time, there will be national competitions for student productions. No application letter is necessary. 3.2 GPA required. 4 credits only.
The College of Communication at Boston University created Hothouse Productions so that television and film students could learn first hand what it’s like to do business in the real world. Operating as a production company for undergraduate and graduate students, students can shed their academic hats for the opportunity to work with clients on market-driven productions.
The way Hothouse differs from the real world, however, is that new ideas have a place to grow. Students can take chances they might not ordinarily be able to take when meeting real deadlines or shooting and editing with narrow budgets.
From research and development to writing, shooting, and editing, students can hone their creative skills.
Client Testimonial: Suffolk University Law School
“Law School needed a video demonstrating how forensic scientists perform analyses in the crime laboratory. It was important that the audio portion clearly explain sophisticated scientific and evidentiary principles that are on the cutting edge of recent Supreme Court developments. The Hothouse students from B.U. mastered the scientific and legal principles involved and produced a video that was visually interesting, easy to follow, and intellectually nuanced. They worked long hours with the scientists in the lab, and treated everyone very professionally. I found it a real pleasure to work with them and the video was very well received at our program.” — Prof. Michael Avery, Suffolk Law School
“I am so thrilled that the Leadership Council had the opportunity to advise, consult and support the students at Boston University’s Hothouse Productions. They were creative, intelligent, and hardworking and their final products will have a huge influence on people’s awareness of the problems abused children face in family court.” — Joyanna Silberg, Ph. D; Executive Vice-President, Leadership Council on Child Abuse & Interpersonal Violence
“It’s the hardest class you’ll ever love.” — Elizabeth Newell (’11)
“Hothouse is one of the most unique classes offered at Boston University. Never has a class more realistically prepared me for a job in the film and television industry. Students aren’t traditional students in Hothouse. We are producers, editors, writers, and directors creating real content for real clients. At the end of the day, your Hothouse work isn’t motivated by the grade you receive at the end of the semester. Your fuel comes from being given the opportunity to deliver a professionally produced project to your client that maintains the reputation of a highly esteemed production company built by some of the brightest and most passionate students at Boston University.”
- Client: The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Two videos for their web site.
- Client: New England School of Acupuncture. 7-minute video.
- Client: Harvard University/McLean Hospital. Created a teaching video on huffing. Set on a Native American reservation in Maine.
- Client: Massachusetts Advocacy Council. A fund-raising video (focused on Marion Wright Edelman).
- Client: Troubadour, Inc. Get Ready for Boston for MassInteraction TV. A series of music videos from the CD Get Ready for Boston.
- Client: Boston Children’s Hospital. Two videos on cochlear implants.