Film and Video


Deerfield has a dynamic film/video program, with students working in a range of genres. There are introductory courses and advanced tutorials in which students have produced award-winning documentaries and feature length films. Our video festival in the spring–with red carpets, MCs, and statuettes–packs the house and features over twenty short videos made by students.

The newly renovated videography studios are loaded with resources. There is one room for presentations and critiques, a studio of props and pull-down screens, and another studio with additional backdrops and studio lighting. Our fleet of DSLRs, lenses, tripods, sound equipment, and advanced editing software is available for every student enrolled in videography.

It is an excellent time to explore videography at Deerfield. The program is thriving and we are fully prepared to nurture your interests in this exciting medium. If you have any questions about photography, film/video, or studio art at Deerfield, please feel free to call, write, or drop by the Arts Center when you come to campus for a visit.

In recent years, students have produced the following:

Picking up the Pieces – A documentary about child survivors of the Holocaust (filmed primarily on location in Poland), and the struggle to recover from war

A documentary about the arts program at Deerfield

Food Systems – A documentary

Back to Now – A poetic meditation

Never Saw You – An original music video

Novocaine – A feature-length film, based on an original screenplay, with a cast and crew of students (and Golden-Globe nominee, Matthew Fox)

Other projects include:

  • Dozens of comedies inspired by SNL skits, trending commercials, and movie trailers
  • Sports pump-up videos to celebrate various teams on campus and raise school spirit
  • A documentary, inspired by MTV’s Girl Code to address important social issues on campus