Student Open House / Student Videoconferencing Program

The Student Open House is a biennial event for students from local film programs to obtain first-hand information from DGA directors and director's team members on career matters and Guild membership. The Videoconferencing Program provides students from around the country the opportunity to talk to working directors and director's team members based in Hollywood.

 


Student Open House 2017

On April 22, the DGA's Special Projects Academic Subcommittee presented Framing Your Future, a Student Open House in the Guild’s Los Angeles theater complex. The open house and networking lunch were designed to give Southern California film school students the opportunity to get valuable career information from working directors.

The morning kicked off with a welcome message from DGA Special Projects Committee Chair Jeremy Kagan (SHOT), who spoke more about the Guild and its mission. Kagan then turned things over to DGA Special Projects Academic Subcommittee Chair Randal Kleiser (Defrost), who served as moderator of a panel discussion with DGA Director-members Jon Cassar (24), Nisha Ganatra (Better Things), Michelle MacLaren (Game of Thrones) and Todd Phillips (The Hangover). The panelists covered subjects such as their early careers and formative experiences, and how they got to where they are today.

Afterwards, the students were able to speak with the panelists during a Q&A session and learn more about the Guild and some of its associates via exhibit tables in the DGA lobby.


2017 Student Open House at the DGA

Directors Nisha Ganatra, Randal Kleiser (moderator), Jeremy Kagan, and Jon Cassar, Michelle MacLaren and Todd Phillips at the 2017 Student Open House event.

2017 Student Open House at the DGA

Directors Jon Cassar, Nisha Ganatra, Michelle MacLaren and Todd Phillips engage in a panel discussion moderated by Randal Kleiser.

2017 Student Open House at the DGA

Southern California film school students learn about the work of Directors at the 2017 Student Open House.

2017 Student Open House at the DGA

Director Michelle MacLaren chats with film school students during the 2017 DGA Open House.



Director Cameron Crowe Video Conference with University of Hawaii

Director Cameron Crowe participated in an online conversation with film students from The University of Hawaii. The interaction was part of the DGA's Videoconferencing Program for Film Schools, which brings film students from around the country together with DGA members in Hollywood to discuss career issues and the art and craft of directing.

A two-time DGA feature film award nominee for Almost Famous (2000) and Jerry Maguire (1996), Crowe spoke about the art and craft of directing, and answered questions from the Robert Wise Library, located in the DGA's Los Angeles Headquarters.

The program is the brainchild of the DGA's Special Projects' Academic Outreach Sub-committee. A committee member acts as moderator, welcoming the students, describing the mission of the program and then introducing the director/director team participants, who then has an up to one-hour online conversation with the film school and its students.

DGA Special Projects' Academic Outreach Sub-committee Chair Randal Kleiser served as moderator. Academy for Creative Media Director Chris Lee and Assistant Professor Joel Moffett served as moderators from their location thousands of miles across the sea at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.


 DGA Student Video Conferencing with Cameron Crowe

Director Cameron Crowe and moderator Randal Kleiser in Los Angeles.

 DGA Student Video Conferencing with Cameron Crowe

A DGA staffer videos the conference in the Robert Wise Library.

 DGA Student Video Conferencing with Cameron Crowe

Students at the University of Hawaii.

Student videoconferencing participants include:
University of Kansas
7-24-01
John Stockwell (Director) and Rip Murray (A.D.), moderated by director Randal Kleiser

Miami-Dade Community College
7-24-02
Gary Fleder (Director), moderated by Randal Kleiser

Vanderbilt University Advanced Filmmaking Class
12-5-02
Donald Petrie (Director), moderated by Randal Kleiser

Ball State University Digital Storytelling Class
11-13-03
Joe Menendez (Director), moderated by Randal Kleiser

San Antonio College Film Club
4-16-04
Millicent Shelton (Director)

University of Nevada, Las Vegas Advanced Production Class
10-05-04
Randal Kleiser (Director)

University of Hawaii
11-01-06
Cameron Crowe (Director), moderated by Randal Kleiser

Montana State University

11-14-07
Penelope Spheeris (Director), moderated by Randal Kleiser

Vanderbilt University
09-16-10
Richard Benjamin (Director), moderated by Randal Kleiser

Duke University
11-29-10
David Nutter (Director), moderated by Randal Kleiser

Arizona State University
11-09-11
Michael Apted (Director), moderated by Randal Kleiser

New Jersey City University
12-13-12
Carl Franklin (Director), moderated by Randal Kleiser