Ringling College film students have access and exposure to the top creative minds in filmmaking through our Studio Lab program, which invites industry professionals to campus to share their insights and experience. Ringling film students have the opportunity to ask targeted questions, collaborate on projects, and listen to guest lectures from industry mavens such as Werner Herzog, Spike Lee, Marisa Tomei, Forest Whitaker, and Dylan McDermott (to name just a few).
Each year we bring a new lineup of the biggest names in filmmaking to inform and shape the perspective of our students and create lasting connections in the industry. And while our students gain valuable professional experience, these film luminaries get the opportunity to work with the top emerging artists in film.
Actor, writer, and director Kevin Smith visited Ringilng College on March 29, 2016 and spoke to students. Throughout the evening he kept coming back to one message: "How, of course, the skills you acquire matter, but it's the passion and your desire to tell stories that take you where you want to go."
“Who's hungrier than a student at a college?” Smith said. “I guarantee you, I'm going to work with these cats and be embarrassed at how much better they are at the job. I honestly will get more working with these people than they will probably get working with me.”
We invite the top names in filmmaking to campus to collaborate on projects and deliver unparralleled insight into the world of filmmaking.
Tim Sutton worked with Studio Lab students on the film Dark Night, which was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival.
Actress Sissy Spacek visited the Ringling College campus last Saturday as part of the Film and Studio Lab programs. She learned about the Film program, toured the campus, spoke to students, and saw student work.
Helen Hunt visited Ringling College yesterday as part of the Studio Lab program. Her visit included a reception and Q&A with Ringling College students and the Ringling community, where she answered questions and offered insight into filmmaking and the film industry.
Actor Justin Long and brother, producer Christian Long, are currently working with Ringling College students to create a brand new web series. The series will consist of eight webisodes that revolve around spoofing some of television’s most popular travel shows like those found on the Discovery Channel and the Travel Channel. Read Coverage
Actor Dylan McDermott is developing a web series entitled Sugar, which tells the story of a young female runaway. Having first visiting Ringling College in 2013, McDermott divulged that he developed this web series with RIngling College students in mind. Read Coverage
Four Ringling College alumni worked on Golden Globe-winning Amazon original series, Mozart in the Jungle.