Mike Danahey | November 7, 2014
Rome. Bangladesh. An abandoned island off the Irish coast. These are just a few of the locations where William Donaruma ’89 has traveled as a filmmaker and teaching professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT).
“Nothing beats experience and pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone,” Donaruma said.
“My department has been really supportive of the work I have been doing, giving me the time and the tools I need to go out and shoot and bring those experiences back to the classroom.”
Ancient Architecture, New Technology
One of Donaruma’s most recent film projects premiered in Rome as part of an exhibit called “Revisiting the Roman Forum: from Pen to Pixel, Methods of Documentation in the 20th and 21st Centuries.” The exhibit, part of The Digital Future of World Heritage symposium, ran from April 4 through Oct. 31.
Donaruma’s film documents the innovative work of the Digital Historical Architectural Research and Material Analysis (DHARMA) research team based in Notre Dame’s School of Architecture.
In partnership with the Sopritendenza Speciale Beni Culturali and Rome’s Ministry of Culture, DHARMA combined detailed historic texts and drawings with traditional hand-measuring techniques and new digital technology to document the Roman Forum in 3D for the first time.
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