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Melissa Bruno

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"Gelardin has proven to be an invaluable resource to my classes. The Final Cut tutorial in the Picchi Lab allow students to learn FCPX hands on- which is not easy to do in a regular classroom. Also, access to equipment allows more students on campus to make films."

Melissa Bruno is a filmmaker living in Washington, DC. She has a BFA in film & video from Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA in cinema from San Francisco State University. She has taught film production courses at Georgetown for the past three years and is also the Media Technologist for the FMST program. She is responsible for overseeing the technological needs of the program.

For Intro to Filmmaking (ARTS 181) & Narrative Filmmaking II (ARTS 282)
students are assigned several projects:

  • Photo Film: Students make short film using only still images and sounds effects (music).
  • Long Take: Students film one long continuous short- only sound editing is allowed.
  • Scene Recreation: Students choose a scene from a feature film and recreate it shot for shot.


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Perpetual is a short experimental film directed by Katherine Propper.
The film, written for Melissa Bruno's Narrative Filmmaking course, explores love, loss and healing through the eyes of the misunderstood.
As short film about a boy who finds an emotional outlet in an unexpected place.
A parody of Georgetown's finest betches.
A tongue-in-cheek homage to French New Wave cinema of the 1960's.
A commentary on rejection.
Dominican painter Jeankarlos Cruz talks about his most recent art project, a series of informal meet ups with New Jersey-based artists combining live music, painting and other expressive forms.
This is a short about a 20-something college student and his barber/brothuh/classmate.
Film scene recreation
Scene Recreation: Students choose a scene from a feature film and recreate it shot for shot.
Students posing for a photo
Based on the spoken word piece, "Brochure Brother," this short film highlights various challenges faced by males of color on college campuses.
POV looking down steps
"Today" provides a glimpse of what the intensity of a day for someone with depression might look like.
Chipotle in Georgetown
There's a unique relationship between college kids and Chipotle restaurant.
Fr. Kevin O'Brien, SJ at Georgetown
In "Deepest Sense", we bid farewell to Fr. Kevin O'Brien, SJ as he and other members on campus reflect on his time at Georgetown.
Street Sense vendor
The voices of Street Sense vendors and editors tell their stories about their work to put an end to homelessness in our nation's capital.
A student looking up at the John Carroll statue at Georgetown University
An autobiographical documentary which uses the classic trope of the "Dear John" letter to reflect on the subject's time at Georgetown.
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James discovers an app that lets him detect all lies.