Digital Filmmaking & Video Production
Media Arts Instructor
The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta
I'm very pleased to be able to share my real world experience in Hollywood feature film making and television production with the students. This is the kind of stuff you don't often find in books and that can make a big difference in preparing them to go into their field with a jump start towards their success. Frank Jannuzzi , Media Arts Instructor
, The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?
As a child, I saw the Animal Actors show at Universal Studios Theme Park...and discovered that you could make a living making movies. That moment set me on the Hollywood path.
How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?
I relate my experiences and share anecdotes to add a real-world context to the material. I try and explain why things work the way they do, not just how.
What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?
I use a hands-on, practical method. I think working with students on their projects is the best way to help them master the material and give them some early experience in the field.
In what way do you push students to go beyond their own perceived limits?
I break topics down to their component parts, and then provide a road map to achieving the goal. I believe that small successes along the way can help propel students towards bigger successes down the road.
How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?
Modern media is inherently a collaborative medium. When I'm teaching production classes that lend themselves to team effort, I set up teams in such a way that that each student performs every role in the group. When they’re exposed to different roles, they can start figuring out which ones they prefer.
What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?
I try to instill a solid foundation in dramatic story telling. I think that’s a skill that applies to almost every other area in media.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I enjoy sharing my real-world experience in Hollywood feature filmmaking and television production with students. This is the kind of stuff you don't often find in books—the kind of stuff that can give them a jump-start toward success.