Because of the important role of film and media in shaping global culture, we offer our majors the opportunity of international film courses in the course of their studies. Filming abroad immerses students in a cultural experience and grants them access they would not otherwise have.
Suddenly a “foreign film” is no longer foreign, but an expression of something we too have lived and experienced. Filming abroad also provides students with an opportunity to step out of their comfort zones and be challenged to understand the world from a new perspective.
Every two years, Biola’s Cinema & Media Arts department offers CNMA 359, Motion Picture Production, in Tokyo as students produce a short film in conjunction with Christians in the Arts Network (CAN). The pre-production class (Advanced Production) is offered in the fall of even years and the actual production phase during the interterm of odd years. Students are then involved with post-production at Biola over the course of the spring semester. This international collaboration provides a rare opportunity for our students to work alongside Japanese actors and writers.
On the interterm between Japan trips, 10 students traveled to Berlin as part of a short film overseas course. This international collaboration provides a rare opportunity for our students to work alongside German actors and writers.
The Biola Cinema and Media Arts major will be bringing the Interterm Abroad filmmaking expereince to Indonesia and is currently considering other countries to include in this course study.