Welcome to Cutthroat Cinema
Season 1 (November 2015-December 2015)
All six episodes of season 1 can be found below:
Season 2 (January 2016-May 2016)
Season 2 is a little shorter due to the large amount of school projects we had. Two of the videos below are behind the scenes videos.
Season 3 (September 2016 - December 2016)
A complete look at season 3:
Cutthroat Cinema was originally founded by UCF Film students Dane Gerwig, Alex Moore, and Joey Roulette. While working on a promotional video for the UCF College of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, they began playing around different stylized camera movements in the UCF student union. This became the basis for the design limits and short turnaround time that characterizes Cutthroat Cinema. A standard episode of Cutthroat Cinema follows the same format:
- There is a design limit that must be accomplished with each episode
- The episode is made in two hours and edited the same week
- The first 30 minutes are for planning the episode and writing the script
- The remaining hour and a half is for filming
After the second episode, fellow film student Maliik Morales joined the team. Following Maliik, the founding team grew to include film students Aaron Jackson and Hannah Forrest. Since then, the Cutthroat crew has added Kate Jenkins, Anthony DeCario, Destiny Deming, Andrew Smith, and Derin George.
The design limit(s) change from video to video and are always noted in the description of the video. Originally, the limit or limits were conceived during the thirty minute planning session, but that changed starting with season two. Now, every member comes up with limits to pitch and the group votes on on their favorite within the first five minutes of the planning session.
The design limit or limits can be anything that pose restrictions on the episode and/or something the creators have to accomplish. These range from technical limits, such as using all camera movements need to involve a pan (Infomercial), to content limits, such as making a film in the style of Wes Anderson (Art Appreciation) or The Office (The Set).