Make your own film in Japan. Explore Japanese cinema and discover Japanese culture, music and food. Travel to Tokyo and Kyoto. Explore these beautiful cities as you produce your project. Learn storytelling, directing, multiple crew positions, basic and advanced production techniques as you make your own film in Japan. Participate in a Japanese film festival. Each student will make their own short film - Narrative, Documentary, travel, Architectural or experimental. Create a professional video for your resume and reel! Collaboration with an English film school in Japan and Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia. Lead by UM Professor Ed Talavera. This program is open to students of all majors at all levels of experience. Led by Professor Talavera, coordinator - M.F.A Film Program, Cinema and Interactive Media Department at the University of Miami. No experience is necessary.


CIM 407/608 Film, Society and Culture: Japanese Cinema

This course will explore film as an artistic means of expression of contemporary Japanese culture. Through film screenings, discussions and lectures students will explore a range of current Japanese films to gain knowledge on major cinematic movements which reflect social, political, economic and cultural trends in Japan.

Course Objectives:

  • Familiarize students with current Japanese Cinema, filmmakers and culture.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of Japanese Cinema in relation to its social and political context
  • Explore stereotypes and projections reflected in popular current Japanese cinema

Course Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

CIM 594/695 Special Topics in Motion Picture: Film Production

The study and practice of motion picture production in Japan. Students will gain advanced production knowledge as they pre-produce, produce and post a group film and individual digital projects. Lectures and demonstrations will explore the issues of producing a film in a foreign country, location lighting, working with advanced digital cinema motion picture equipment and effective post-production procedures. Workshops and lectures by local guest professionals are included.

Course Objectives:

  • Advanced training with RED digital cinema cameras
  • Overview of the digital post-production workflow
  • Training in location lighting techniques
  • Training in location grip and electric techniques
  • Broaden narrative abilities by using a foreign country/locations and actors to create a narrative film

Course Prerequisites: Permission of instructor


For more information , please contact Professor Ed Talavera: