Tree Stump Films

Tree Stump Films provides students with real-world experience in the planning, production, and broadcast of a documentary film.

A little more about Tree Stump Films...

Tree Stump Films is the production company of Rocky Mountain Student Media Documentary Film Program. The purpose is to provide students with real-world experience in the planning, production, and broadcast of a documentary film. It aims to replicate the actual workings of a professional documentary film company.

The RMSM documentary film program is in partnership with Rocky Mountain PBS to provide professional standards
that allow students to produce and have their documentary broadcast on RMPBS. Each completed and approved documentary produced under Tree Stump Films will acknowledge students’ participation in the credits and provide
a professional broadcast to their resume. 

How to participate:

Each semester CSU students can apply on line on this page to be interviewed by the Student Director and the RMSM advisor. Students are not required to be employees or volunteers at RMSM. The application is open to any interested CSU student. They do have to have some skills relating to documentary filmmaking.

The RMSM Documentary Program will provide workshops enhancing the education of students at CSU specific to documentary filmmaking. (required)

  1. Advanced Interview techniques for documentary film
  2. Story Structure and character development.
  3. Lighting, sound and camera for documentary film.
  4. How to pitch a documentary film
    Documentary film financing and fundraising
  5. How to start, fund and operate a professional documentary
    film company


  • Director
  • Production Assistant
  • Lighting Specialist
  • Sound Specialist
  • Camera
  • Editors
  • Graphic Designer
  • IT
  • Marketing

Requirements for student-produced documentaries:

Documentary lengths of 3-7 minutes with credits.
Must be approved before production by the student director
and the student advisor.

Upon completion of a “rough cut” (link to definition) must be
approved by the student advisor prior to submission to

The documentaries must adhere to the broadcast standards of

Student Leaders

Director: Irl Paulalengan

Senior, Journalism and Mass Communication


Advisor: Frank Boring

Frank Boring was born in China and has traveled extensively pursuing a career in writing, theater and video.

With an extensive career in Film, Frank Boring was most recently hired by Tony Frank to produce a documentary celebrating CSU’s 150 years. The Great Experiment, CSU at 150 was broadcast on Rocky Mountain PBS in October 2020.