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Season 1 (November 2015-December 2015)

All six episodes of season 1 can be found below:

Episode 1: This was our first film. The design limits were to use one long take for the entire film as well as to break the fourth wall once.
Episode 5: This is our fifth episode and it has come just in time for the holidays. Remember, giving can be the key to receiving. Design limits: silent and black and white
Episode 2: This is our second film. Design limits being: every shop must be on sticks, and we must make use of the whip- pan.
This is our film from week 6 of Cutthroat. Enjoy our take on "The Office". Design Limits: The Office docu-style episode "Just fix it in post."- Every Film Student
Episode 3: This is week three of Cut Throat Cinema where we come up with design limits, then we proceed to make up a film as we go. Alex and Maliik are continuing their Oscar run with this dazzling display of human struggle to belong.
Episode 4: This is the fourth film of which we decided to tackle the genre of Psychological Thriller... comically. Design Limit: Every shot needs to make use of a camera pan.

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 2 Episode 1: You know all those times someone holds the door for you and you are too far away? So do we. Limit: Create a high-stakes scene about a mundane task.
Watch as the creators of "The Set" struggle to keep their composure during filming.
Season 2 Episode 2- When you are hungry and have no bars, what will you do? Limits- Use the narrator in every shot and emulate "The Twilight Zone".
Season 2 Episode 2 Behind the Scenes- This is our first behind the scenes video for Cutthroat Cinema. We will start to include a behind the scenes video with every episode we produce.
Alex is at it again with a new film idea, but things might not turn out so well this time.

Season 3 (September 2016 - December 2016)

A complete look at season 3:

Limit: Create a 1930's noir detective film and use a dolly in every scene.

Alex, Andrew, and Sebastian implore you to stop the "drop the mic" fad. Limit: Create a PSA in the form of Joss Whedon's savetheday.vote PSA. 

A behind the scenes look at the antics that occur in the short 2 hour writing and filming process.

Cutthroat Cinema presents the weekly Roommate shenanigans skits. In this episode, three college roommates meet for the first time. 

Design limit: Create a film where the main character can only speak in Britney Spears song lyrics.

Design Limits: One take per shot (no take 2), handheld camera, and no dialogue. 

A behind the scenes look at "When you Can't get that Britney Spears song out of your Head".

Design limit: Create a story that involves the bathroom. 

Creating Cutthroat

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.

Design Limits

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).