A little over a week ago, I graduate from Florida State's College of Motion Picture Arts with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Film Production, specialty in Directing. Two years of the most challenging undertaking I've ever endeavored came to an end.
The day was a fantastic event as it involved screening all sixteen of our thesis films for family, friends, and the local community. We exchanged our steel-toed boots, and bleary editing eyes for heels and mascara. I've never been so proud to show a film I've made before, and I'm so grateful to each person who came up to me afterwards to tell me how my twelve-minute psychological thriller caused them to feel. More so, however, I'm indebted to every single person who gave a part of themselves to make it happen.
If you would like to see the film, please contact me.
I was awarded the Augustus B. Turnbull II Professionalism Scholarship, which I'm certain I do not deserve, but I'm humbled by those who believe I do. It's an award given to students who are rated after each project/class by their peers and professors as having exceptional professionalism in their demeanor. The award will allow me to be able to take the next step in my career: NYC.
I'll be spending the fall semester in New York where I'll be interning with a production company. I'm very excited to learn and help them with the projects they're working on. Following that semester, the current plan is to move to LA and begin working there.
I'm not adequately able to articulate my gratitude to each person who has supported me on the wild ride that was graduate school. I would not have been able to do it so successfully otherwise. Thank you.
I've recently been exploring 35mm film photography to better understand light and the process. It's been so exciting no knowing precisely what will happen and learning from the results. Furthermore, film handles saturated color beautifully. Here are some of my favorite images from my first three rolls.
Picture is locked on The Stranger, my thesis film. We're currently in sound design. A friend of mine compared the stills of the storyboard images to that of the final product and challenged me to do the same to see how much variance I had, keeping in mind that change can often be for the better.
I was happy to find that most of the shot my DP and I planned were 99% the frame we shot. There were subtle deviations of angle, often to better emphasize the moment or find more depth in the frame, but our ability to visualize what we were looking before shooting felt very strong. that pre-visualization came through the edit - there was only one or two frames I wished I could have adjusted slightly for story purposes. Overall, I was very happy with what we planned and what we ended up with - two very similar products.
Below are two examples of my comparisons. The first is one of the the most varied shots in the film. The top image is the storyboard, the bottom image was captured on set for the final cut.
Below is a good example of how most of our shots lined up with the storyboarded images. Again, the top frame is the planned image and the bottom is the final version.
If nothing else, I'm proud of how our two years studying film has taught us to be efficient, economical, and exact. We're flexible on set if a better idea presents itself, but we're also able to speculate in advance to save ourselves precious time when shooting. Comparing that skill to what we accomplished on our first projects here is day and night!
I had the unique opportunity this semester to help some of our international students with their scripts for their second short films at FSU. They're brilliant story tellers who were looking for a second pair of eyes to make sure the English within the script (particularly the dialogue) flowed.
I loved learning the deeper intention behind their stories and helping them find a way to bring it to life a different culture. The films will hopefully turn out beautifully and speak to deep, human truths as the writers hoped they would.
It also reminded me how easy it is to get stuck in my own perspective and how valuable it is to pick up someone else's point of view and try it on - especially when telling stories.
For our semester break, I photographed my sister and her wonderful roommate. Here are some of our creations. It was so fun play with color.