Film and Media Arts


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


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.


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.


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.

Summer Film Production

Schedule for 2013-15 Summer Film Production

  • August 31, 2013 - Script Submissions Due
  • September 2013 - Selected Script Announced
  • October 31, 2013 - Director/Producer Applications due to Film & Media Arts office
  • Late November 2013 - Selected Directing/Producing teams announced
  • December 2013 - May 2014 - Pre-production
  • May 19 - June 1, 2014 - Rough Production dates
  • June 2014 - May 2015 - Post-production
  • May 2015 - Film Premiere (tentative)

Want to make a feature film? You can do just that through the SMU Summer Film Production!

What It Is

SMU students produce their own feature film on a biannual (every two years) cycle.  Check out these behind the scenes vids, shot and cut by SMU students:



It's a chance to work with professional gear on a long-form project and really get a taste of what it's like to do production as a full-time job – instead of just shooting a day or two on a weekend, this is a full-blown, full-time, two-week shoot, often on location.

This is NOT an “interning for faculty” or “watch and learn from the professionals” project – the entire production is planned and crewed by SMUers. In particular, ALL crew heads (director, producers, cinematographer, production designer, editor, sound mixer, AD, gaffer, etc.) are current SMU students or recent alumni.

With shoots in alternate summers (hence "Summer Film Production"), if you’re at SMU for four years you’ll be around for at least two shoots.

Don't wait to wait for the summer to get involved?  No problem!  Despite what the name might imply, there's ALWAYS a “Summer Film Production” (or SFP) going on in one phase or another.  Though the shoots happen over the summer, each SFP involves a year of prep ahead of time and a year of post-production afterwards sandwiching the shoot.  So you can always find ways to get involved with the SFP - whether or not you take part in the summer shoot.

For updates, follow @SMUSummerFilm on Twitter; if you have questions or want more information, check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page, which has answers to just about everything else you'd want to know about the SFP. And if you still can't find what you're looking for, contact us at and we'll get back to you.

(By the way, YES, accepted students who will be starting at SMU in the fall are welcome to join the SFP as soon as they’ve committed to SMU, including submitting scripts, helping with pre- and post-production, or even crewing on the shoot itself!)

Current / Upcoming Project:

Legacy (new working title, original title Delirium) (2013-15 SFP, now in pre-production for a Summer 2014 shoot)

(Feature, psychological thriller)
writer:  Esther Tshibangu (SMU Film B.A. 2013)
director:  Rachel Wilson (SMU Film, B.A. expected 2014)
producers:  Cydney Cox (SMU Film, B.A. expected 2014) and Geenah Krisht (SMU Film, B.A. expected 2015)

This project is now in active pre-production for a Summer 2014 shoot.  Anyone interested in acting in, crewing on, or otherwise being part of this production should contact the producers at

Ongoing / Recent Project

All the Wrong Friends (2011-13 SFP, premiering spring 2014)
(Feature, dark comedy / suspense)
Twitter: @WrongFriends

As the first feature-length Summer Film Production, All the Wrong Friends was an ambitious project, aiming to shoot 120 pages in 12 days. Thirty-one hardy filmmakers and actors headed up north to the Texas/Oklahoma border for a 10-day location shoot (the last two days were shot around Dallas) and managed to wrap it all up half a day early. The film is currently in post-production and is expected to premiere in spring 2014, just before the 2013-15 SFP begins principal photography.

WATCH: Behind-the-scenes of the 2011-13 Summer Film Production, All the Wrong Friends

Production Stills

(ATWF trailer coming fall 2013!)

Past Projects:

The Dread Factory (2010-12 SFP)

The Dread Factory
(40-minute short, supernatural horror film)
Twitter: @TheDreadFactory

The Dread Factory, the inaugural summer film production, was made almost on a whim; at the time, SMU happened to own an abandoned bread factory that was about to be demolished, and a group of Meadows students decided to shoot a horror film in the creepy old building before it was torn down. In a quick four-month span, they came up with a story, wrote a script, found a cast and crew, and shot the movie. The process was so much fun that they decided to shoot something again the next summer – and thus the SMU Summer Film Production was born.

Production Stills

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