The 'Now You Know' team: Isabelle Jones, Celia Hubard, Cody Brotter David Valbuena and Chandler Lynn.

The 'Now You Know' team: Isabelle Jones, Celia Hubard, Cody Brotter, David Valbuena and Chandler Lynn.

… And how does a COM student get to be a Hothouse student?

Students have to register for the Hothouse (FT505). To do that, they must have a 3.0 GPA. (If by some chance they slip through the registration process without that 3.0 GPA, they will be dropped from the class before it begins.)

Second, students must have taken FT 325 or FT727 and/or an intro production class. Students who have taken additional editing and videography classes will be given priority.

Hothouse students must be dedicated and really good at teamwork. Since Hothouse clients are usually organizations that could not afford a polished video by a professional video production company, this is the next best thing. Usually clients are thrilled with the final product so it works for everyone.

Third, 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.

“As an alum of BU and Hothouse, it was such a pleasure to work with the students. I was blown away by their professionalism, their talent, and their dedication to the projects. They produced high-quality, creative work and managed to do it under a challenging deadline. I was so pleased and so impressed by the final product.”Nicole Savini, Advisor to “FTD: Love is Out There”,
BU Alum, and a Producer for The Colbert Report

Briefly, here’s how Hothouse works for the student and the client.

  1. Client and students meet to discuss the direction, needs and issues of the project.
  2. Client makes a $500 down payment for the production. Students make a budget after that. If additional funds are needed, either the client provides those funds or students work within the budgetary constraints.
  3. Student roles are assigned – producer, shooter, editor, etc.
  4. At every step of the production process, the client and students communicate about the project. Remember, the client pays for this production.

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“I was extremely pleased with the results, which were above and beyond my expectations. What I especially liked was the students’ enthusiasm for the projects and the efficiency that they worked with in getting things done, especially in getting so many quality shots in such a short time frame. Hollywood could take some pointers from them!”Frank Hsieh, Director, Beantown Swing Orchestra

Clients might want to spend more money on the video project. The client determines the budget with demands for travel, etc.

Clients do not pay for the hours the students put in as shooters, editors, and producers, and there is no cost for equipment; however, expenses in other areas such as actors, meals, travel, and location fees do add up. The client must pay for those.

If you have questions, please write to Professor Waller at