Hothouse Productions

COM FT 505 – Television Production – Hothouse

This is a class that operates as a student-run, client-driven production company. Projects include PSA’s for local TV stations, videos for non-profits, an occasional music video, and documentary shorts. From time to time, there will be national competitions for student productions. No application letter is necessary. 3.0 GPA required. 4 credits only.

The College of Communication at Boston University created Hothouse Productions so that television and film students could learn first hand what it’s like to do business in the real world. Operating as a production company for undergraduate and graduate students, students can shed their academic hats for the opportunity to work with clients on market-driven productions.

The way Hothouse differs from the real world, however, is that new ideas have a place to grow. Students can take chances they might not ordinarily be able to take when meeting real deadlines or shooting and editing with narrow budgets.

From research and development to writing, shooting, and editing, students can hone their creative skills.


Nicole Beale, Jason Kashdan and Rebecca McKee – Hothouse videos were shown at the Visitor Center on Capitol Hill in May of 2015. Executive Director of Child Justice, Eileen King, had the premiere of “Ignorance is This”, a national campaign designed to bring attention to children harmed by family court injustice.

Behind the Screen

Here’s a video that Hothouse students made about how Hothouse works.

Join Us or Hire Us

Working for Hothouse (Students)

Register for Hothouse

Prereq: (COM FT325 & COMFT353). These classes may be taken the same semester as FT 505. Grad Prereq: (COMFT707 &COMFT727)

Students who have taken FT272 or FT325 are given preference as are students who have taken additional production courses in lighting, editing, directing, and videography.

PA Work at Hothouse

For freshman, sophomores or those who have not yet completed the prerequisites, consider working on individual Hothouse productions. Complete the application or just write to Prof. Waller at and send a resume.

Working with Hothouse (Clients)

Hothouse Productions is a class that operates as a student run, client-driven production company. As such, we work with clients in the community on projects such as PSA’s, fundraising videos and mini-documentaries.

What People Are Saying About Us

Client Testimonials

“Esperanza Academy is so pleased with the promotional video that the team from Hothouse Productions produced for the school. They were professional, enthusiastic, and inspired great confidence. Their finished product truly captured the essence of Esperanza and our students. We are confident that this video will be an essential tool for both our development and admissions teams.” Allison Caffrey, Director of Development, Esperanza Academy

“Law School needed a video demonstrating how forensic scientists perform analyses in the crime laboratory. It was important that the audiovisual portion clearly explain sophisticated scientific and evidentiary principles that are on the cutting edge of recent Supreme Court developments. The Hothouse students from B.U. mastered the scientific and legal principles involved and produced a video that was visually interesting, easy to follow, and intellectually nuanced. They worked long hours in the lab and treated everyone very professionally.” Prof. Michael Avery, Suffolk Law School

“I am so thrilled that the Leadership Council had the opportunity to advise, consult and support the students at Boston University’s Hothouse Productions. They were creative, intelligent, and hardworking and their final products will have a huge influence on people’s awareness of the problems abused children face in family court.”Joyanna Silberg, Ph. D; Executive Vice-President, Leadership Council on Child Abuse & Interpersonal Violence

“This is so beautiful! So well done. Well shot, well edited, well told- everyone nailed it. I’m really blown away!”Katie Brandt, Founder and Executive Director, Love Is Out There / FTD

Student Testimonials

“It’s the hardest class you’ll ever love.”Elizabeth Newell (’11)

“Hothouse is one of the most unique classes offered at Boston University. Never has a class more realistically prepared me for a job in the film and television industry. Students aren’t traditional students in Hothouse. We are producers, editors, writers, and directors creating real content for real clients. At the end of the day, your Hothouse work isn’t motivated by the grade you receive at the end of the semester. Your fuel comes from being given the opportunity to deliver a professionally produced project to your client that maintains the reputation of a highly esteemed production company built by some of the brightest and most passionate students at Boston University.”

Past Productions