Through the film studies and production partnership with DTU, DSU is teaching DTU how to develop a documentary film department while DTU shares its expertise in computer generated imagery with DSU.
“DSU can learn from Duy Tan’s CGI capabilities and they are benefiting from our production expertise through DSU Films,” said DSU assistant professor of digital film Phil Tuckett. “This collaboration has already proven mutually beneficial with more to come.”
Tuckett and DSU instructor Dan Molloy are currently leading the three-week seminar. For the first two weeks of the experience, Tuckett and Molloy teach film production skills including camera, lighting, audio, and interviewing techniques. They are also taking students to shoot on locations such as Monkey Mountain military base, Marble Mountain, and Hoi An Ancient Town.
For the last week of the seminar, the four best students from the class of ‘17 join Tuckett and Molloy in Quang Tri Province, immediately south of Vietnam’s old Demilitarized Zone, to shoot “Dreams of the Black Echo.” The documentary, a joint venture between DSU and DTU, will be screened as the opening film in the DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival in 2018.
As part of the collaboration, DTU faculty members traveled to St. George last September to attend DOCUTAH.