So you’re a filmmaker and you believe in telling stories that matter. Would a degree in cinema, religion, and worldview (CR&W) be a good step? Here are four things that filmmakers in our program have found helpful.

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1. Know if You’re Reaching Your Target Audience

Classes like “media, culture, and worldview” and “Christian mission” will equip you to choose a target audience and to craft the right film for that audience. And classes like “research methods” and “communication theory” go even deeper into audience research. You’ll know who you are talking to.

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2. Join a Supportive Network of Mentors and Connections

Want a bigger challenge in one of your filmmaking courses? No problem. The teachers in our CR&W program are available for one-on-one mentoring, and are often willing to adapt coursework so it’s relevant for you. They’ll be a great resource long after you graduate.

The classmates in your program are a treasure-trove of talents and collaborative ideas, plus, the school brings in guest film professionals! The author of this article has just been asked to direct and produce a large-scale documentary thanks to connections made in the CR&W program.

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3. Make Your Films

Our program works for any filmmaker who wants to create positive change. Whether you aim for social change, to re-invent gospel outreach, or simply to be a positive voice on set, a clear understanding of your message, plus a caring support team can do wonders for your film career.

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4. Gain a Deeper Understanding of Story

One of our program’s strongest themes is crafting a meaningful story.  In our foundational theology class, for example, filmmakers learn about the early myths of different cultures, and their impact on stories today.

“This program is really about telling stories that matter,” said student Josie Henderson. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

This article focuses on filmmakers as part of a three-article series. You can also read articles with insights for communication professionals and pastors.

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