Duke Programs Help Film Students Flourish

Jacob Whatley and Kulsoom Rizavi filming in Iceland.

Whatley has been an intern for Duke Communications since his first year and has completed coursework in cinematography, editing and digital photography, as well as contributing his talents to supporting student films through Freewater Productions.

Both come from very different backgrounds – Rizavi is an international student who is well-traveled and has participated in different study abroad programs offered by Duke. Before visiting Iceland, Whatley had never traveled outside of the U.S. While Rizavi hopes to continue her work as a documentary filmmaker, Whatley wants to experience other forms of cinematography before deciding his future.

“The best cinematographers around the world don’t have a style, they are good at what they do and can tell any story that is needed. That’s what I aim to do,” he said.