Pratt Institute in Brooklyn offers a variety of programs through its School of Art. The film and video undergraduate course encourages students to try their hands at a range of different disciplines from shooting commercials to documentaries. Recently they have introduced new courses incorporating virtual reality and serialized storytelling. Pratt Institute also has a history of its own in front of the camera; in 1984 the music video for Billy Joel’s song The Longest Time was entirely filmed on campus, several scenes of the 1990 film Jacob’s Ladder were filmed at Pratt, as well as scenes for Robert De Niro’s 2006 film The Good Shepherd.
Liz Hannah, co-writer of Steven Spielberg’s 2017 film The Post, graduated from Pratt in 2007. She recalls her time there fondly, “Pratt invaluably influenced my experience as a filmmaker. Not just from the teachers and students in the film program, but through the overall educational philosophy of the school. Having the time and space to develop my own personal aesthetic while also being taught the skills to be articulately critical are tools I use in my career on a daily basis.” Other notable Pratt Institute alumni include writer-producers John Requa, Glenn Ficarra, and Liz Hannah and directors Aubrey Smyth, Bob Giraldi and Eric Goldberg.