Video Production Group Provides Guidance to Students on Filmmaking in Black Women, Beyonce, and Popular Culture Course

October 26, 2016

by Rosalind Ong De Trevino at 2:37 PM in Campus Community, Student Info

OIT Video Production Group Producer Jose Carrillo and Associate Professor Kinitra D. Brooks, Ph.D. address the Black Woman, Beyoncé, and Popular Culture class.



The Office of Information Technology’s (OIT) Video Production Group (VPG) recently collaborated with UTSA’s Associate Professor Kinitra D. Brooks, Ph.D. in the Department of English to offer multimedia training and insight on the filmmaking process for the course Black Women, Beyoncé & Popular Culture (ENG 3613/AAS 4013/WS 4953). The assistance provided by VPG will support students as they complete a three-minute avant-garde film project consisting of four components: script, storyboard, video, and analysis.


The course, taught by Dr. Brooks, uses pop star Beyoncé Knowles’ 2016 audiovisual project, Lemonade, to study “sociocultural issues that are most prominent in black womanhood through black feminist theory, literature, music, and film” according to the course description.  This course demonstrates innovation and has made headlines worldwide on the internet in several news media groups including International Business Times, ABC News, Cosmopolitan, and higher education publications, increasing the university’s visibility.

 OIT Video Production Group Producer James Borrego shares insight on the filmmaking process with the Black Woman, Beyoncé, and Popular Culture class.


VPG Producers Jose Carrillo and James Borrego have spoken to the class about Creating Engaging Videos: Demystifying the Process. During this presentation students were introduced to the phases of video production: pre-production, production, and post production. In addition, Carrillo assisted student with identifying and using available editing apps and tools to create their video project. The VPG staff also provided hands-on technical guidance to Dr. Brooks’ class, in a computer lab setting, for students working to complete video projects for the course on October 19.


As part of OIT’s strategy to support the university to achieve Tier One status, OIT seeks increased opportunities to collaborate with students, faculty, and staff. Borrego stated that the course, “… gives us an opportunity to share our film and video experience and knowledge with students who are now required to create videos or digital artifacts to help bring meaning to their learning. Students nowadays are immersed in digital technology and now they are tasked with using that technology to develop digital content to help them digest the subject matter.”


Video Production Group team members (not pictured) provided hands-on technical support to students in Dr. Brooks course for the video project.