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Screenwriting & Animation


Check in here for the latest news and updates from the SWAN Program. Be sure to follow us on Instgram @msuswan as well as our Student Governement Organization, MSU Underground @msu.underground.

If you are a SWAN Major and you are not a part of SWAN Community on Canvas, please send Keith Mehlinger ( an email to be added. 

Please contact Myla McLeod ( for any questions or concerns about upcoming SWAN Events.

SWAN Alumni, Kyle Yearwood's compilation “The Baltimore Galaxy Project” will be exhibited at the 25th Anniversary of the Maryland Film Festival [May 2-5]. The project will be displayed on the 2nd Floor as a part of the inaugural Cinetech immersive showcase of emerging technology.

Our Next is Now! David E.Talbert visited our campus from April 4-th to hold a public event and two workshops with our students discussing screenwriting and directing. During this event we had the inaugural opening of our Portage Soundstage which we have been working towards getting for our students for 10 years.

HBCU NEXT is a fellowship program competitively seeking storytellers from the nation's top HBCUs to enroll in USC's intensive, six-week summer workshops. This initiative was created by acclaimed filmmaker David E. Talbert to create a pipeline for filmmakers of color from Historically Black Colleges and Universities to learn from renowned faculty at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Two of our SWAN students, Imani Mullings and Sha-Shonna Rogers are inaugural participants of this program. Watch the full video to see what they had to say about this amazing opportunity.

SWAN Alumni, Toroes Thomas feature film, "Sr.", will be screened for the first time in the Maryland Film Festival under the Spotlight Series on March 17th, 2024.

SWAN's Animation Professor, Dale Beran, has a Netflix documentary out now! Check out, "The Antisocial Network." 

MSU SWAN x Under Armour Collab

Thank you to all the creatives behind this project and the amazing job they did amplifying each others voices with Under Armour and their awesome support!

Safe Room Behind the Scenes

SWAN Students had the amazing opportunity to work on the film Safe Room in the summer of 2021! Here is a recap of their great work.

“In the summer of 2021, Morgan State SWAN students were approached by accomplished actor-now-director Boris Kodjoe to help with the production of his premiere film, “Safe Room”. Students received hands-on work experience as production assistants, engaging with the film production pipeline for a Lifetime Original Feature Film. They were also present for the shooting and wrap up party, welcomed as members of the crew.”

Thaiyir Sanders