Film and Media Arts

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Regardless of area of specialty, ambitious and motivated students can pursue internships in Dallas, Los Angeles, New York and other major cities.

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Students have the opportunity to participate in the Division’s biennial full-length feature film project, produced by students with the mentorship of industry-respected faculty.

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Students can gain hands-on access to equipment the very first year and can hone their craft in scriptwriting, directing, producing, lighting, audio recording and more.

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Alumni projects have included work on Lincoln, August Rush, Jurassic Park, Supernatural, King of the Hill, Wishbone, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and other well-known productions.

Tearlach Hutcheson

Adjunct Lecturer

Born and raised in Australia, Tearlach Hutcheson moved to the United States in the early nineties to earn a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Humanities in film theory from the University of Colorado. Following some world travel, he arrived in Dallas in 1997 to run the local arthouse, the Inwood Theatre. In 1999 he became director of publicity and promotions for Landmark Theatres, overseeing the regional field and Oscar publicity campaigns for many independent films including Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Amores Perros; and Memento.

He left Landmark in October 2001 to team up with Magnolia Pictures and create the Magnolia Theatre, located in the West Village. In 2003 Magnolia Pictures was successfully sold to Todd Wagner’s and Mark Cuban’s 2929 Entertainment company. Hutcheson worked for 2929 holding various positions until 2006. In 2007, as the managing director for AFI Dallas, he oversaw the execution and operations of the first annual AFI Dallas Film Festival, an exciting addition to the arts calendar of the city. He currently works as the Director of Film for Studio Movie Grill based in Dallas.

Hutcheson has also spent the last ten years exploring new forms of film exhibition, male images in cinema and Australian national identity in film. He has taught as adjunct faculty at SMU since 2002.

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