Film/Television Production & Animation


Visual Storytelling is a vital tool in today’s communication world. So what is it really?  The definition is new and ever-evolving, however, one great example is this: “A visual narrative (also visual storytelling) is a story told primarily through the use of visual media.  The story may be told using still photography, illustration, or video and can be enhanced with graphics, music, voice and other audio.”  Some studies have shown that 90% of information transmitted to the human brain is visual, and the human brain prefers information packaged as stories.  Visual storytelling is here to stay and its application in our growing multi-media environment is rapidly expanding.   

So jump on in!  Whether you are an aspiring filmmaker, photographer, television reporter, or business owner you will need the skills learned in these courses.

About the Studio:

The Career Academy & Technical School opened the doors to the Television Studio in January of 2013.  Artfully designed by instructor Tanya Topazio, the space functions as well as a professional studio, yet still promotes collaborative learning.  This 2,300 square foot production space houses a full studio, complete with green screen wall, 14’ ceilings, lighting grid, and control room, as well as an expansive iMac editing lab with access to the Adobe Creative Cloud suite.  The studio is outfitted with all equipment students need to produce their own films and television shows.   


Program Overview

The courses are designed to prepare each student for an easy transition into college, trade schools or directly into the field, providing networking job shadow opportunities for students to begin building their bank of mentors. Beyond production, students also focus on communication, organization, teamwork, community involvement, and meeting deadlines; skills required in any career path they may choose.

At CATS, the students learn from an instructor who has worked coast-to-coast in commercial and television production with companies such as Propaganda Films, ESPN, ABC, VH1, Fox Sports and many more!

Informational Video

Welcome! I am a graduate of Emerson College in Boston for Television and Film production. I have worked on productions in Los Angeles, NYC, Charlotte and throughout New England.
After years of freelancing I found my former high school was hiring a video teacher.  Thus began my teaching career!
I currently teach graphic design, video editing, digital filmmaking and studio production for I-SS, as well as multimedia, animation and video production for Mitchell Community College. 
I love working with creative students to bring out their inner digital artist.