On the set of filming for Vipers in the Grass
On the set of filming for Vipers in the Grass

Carson School Film

This unique project began in 2008-2010 with the film VIPERS IN THE GRASS by Jorge Zamacona. The project used the creative resources of all the units in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts to create a 25-30-minute film that provided students with an opportunity to work directly with faculty and outside professionals to create a professional production that was larger and broader in scope than could be expected of students working independently.

This Carson School Film brought together a select number of film industry professionals, teaming with students and faculty from the

  • Johnny Carson School of Theatre & Film,
  • the Glenn Korff School of Music,
  • the School of Art, Art History & Design,
  • the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, and
  • Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET).

The second project was DIGS by Michael Harthen created in 2011-2013 with Hollywood film director Donald Petrie at the helm. The industry professionals worked closely with faculty and students in a mentoring environment that provided the students a hands-on learning experience from teacher/mentors over the course of two years.

A third project is underway, and will be filmed in May 2018.

Funding was provided by a grant from the Program Enhancement Fund through the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts.