Emily is a 2013 Film graduate and she's currently an Assistant Video Editor at Optimus. We asked Emily a few questions and here's what she had to say!
What has been the largest challenge you have encountered while entering your industry and how did you overcome it?
Initially breaking into the industry itself proved to be pretty difficult. I had to dedicate myself to following up on every lead I had, even though many times they lead me to dead ends. I would work my day job and then come home and send emails and make calls for hours just hoping someone would answer and might be in need of an intern! Additionally, I often did a lot of work for free just to get face to face with people in the industry, hoping down the line they would keep me in mind for any open positions.
What would you say is one of the most important assets to have in your line of work?
You have to have a thick skin and not take things personally. Many times, coworkers or clients will come back with comments that can seem very harsh to a piece that you’ve put so much time and effort into creating. However, you have to understand that their job is to HELP you make great content. Many times these seemingly negative comments end up pushing the piece in a better direction. Instead of feeling criticized I’d take it as being able to see something from a different perspective and opening new possibilities.
What advice do you have for individuals specifically interested in your field of work?
Take every opportunity you have – even if it doesn’t seem relevant. The post production industry in Chicago is not that large, and a lot of people run in the same circles. Doing a freebie project for someone now could end up with them remembering you down the road when they have an open position. Or participating in a very small-scale production may not lead to any big-time nominations but it does boost your connections to other people for future projects.
What piece of advice do you have for Flashpoint candidates preparing to enter their respective industry?
Don’t stop applying yourself. Keep sending out resumes, making calls, and updating a website or anywhere you have current work. Even when I was employed full time I still spent nights and weekends applying myself, and there were a lot of rejection emails (that is, if they even responded to my email)! I think people get disheartened about being rejected and they give up, settling for a job they don’t even like. Persistence pays off, and if you work hard enough to get there you will.
How did your experience at Flashpoint help you join your industry?
It opened my eyes to the amount of post-production houses that I didn’t even know about. Career services also aided in building my reel and showing me how to get my website out there.
What would you look for if an opportunity to potentially hire Flashpoint graduates came along?
Students that have a passion for the industry. We often have crazy hours, intense projects, and make lots of sacrifices. But it’s all worth it when you’re truly dedicated and love your field of work. You can learn technical skills, but you can’t learn passion.
What was your favorite thing about Flashpoint?
Peter Hawley and Bill Baykan!!! These two men were huge influences on my direction in film. They helped me grow in my studies while also being sources of encouragement along the way. Both are incredibly smart and driven individuals, but they genuinely cared about each student and nurturing their passion for film.
Name one thing that made you choose Flashpoint over other colleges?
I really liked the hands-on approach they had in getting students to learn. It wasn’t just sitting in a classroom all day being lectured. We were physically using cameras, or going over to the CBS studios, or cutting on professional editing software.
If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently?
I’d start doing your research now on the place you want to end up. Look at who works there, how they got there, and what they did that you can mirror. I did this, but I think it would’ve been helpful if I had started a little earlier!
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
DON'T FORGET THE CAREER FAIR HAS BEEN
POSTPONED TO THURSDAY, JUNE 21!!
IT WILL BE HELD ON CAMPUS (IN THE MATRIX)
FROM 12:30 - 2:00PM
IF YOU HAVEN'T REGISTERED,
PLEASE DO SO HERE!
In order to assist students in properly preparing for the
Career Fair, Career Services will be hosting workshops to go over FAQs, how to approach employers, how to talk about yourself and your work, how to follow up after the fair, etc.
WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD ON:
Thursday, June 7th - 1:00 - 2:00PM in Room 532
Thursday, June 14th - 1:00 - 2:00PM in Room 532
May 16, 2018
Start of summer A SESSION
ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS!
If you wish to check out a laptop and/or power supply from the I.T. Department, you MUST LEAVE A FORM OF ID
(such as a Driver's License or State ID) with the I.T. Department while you are borrowing a laptop and/or power supply. This ID WILL BE RETURNED to you when you bring the equipment back to the I.T. Department.
Please note that NO LAPTOPS AND/OR POWER SUPPLIES CAN BE CHECKED OUT WITHOUT LEAVING AN ID!!! There will be no exceptions to this policy.
You MUST LEAVE A FORM OF ID (Driver's License or State ID) at the InfoCommons service desk if you wish to use the TV, Blu-Ray player, and/or one of the gaming systems in the InfoCommons (XBOX360, PS3, Wii). Your ID WILL BE RETURNED when you have returned all borrowed remotes and/or controllers.
INDUSTRY EVENTS & NEWS
BRANDING QUALITY TV: RACE, GENDER & REPRESENTATION
How do representations of black women/women of color "brand" TV networks and/or film/TV studios? Join professors Aymar Jean Christian and Miriam Petty as they watch clips of recent critically acclaimed cable and TV shows like Insecure and Queen Sugar and discuss how they fit into strategies of major film and TV brands. This screening will also include the screening of a Chicago-made indie TV series developed by Christian with a Q&A focused on their artistic and marketing goals.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM CDT
Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
CHASING CORAL FILM SCREENING
Please join us for a special screening of Chasing Coral, a beautifully shot film directed by Jeff Orlowski. The documentary investigates the effect of global warming on one of the ocean's most vibrant and diverse habitats. Dinner will be served! Students, faculty, and community members are all welcome.
Film synopsis: Chasing Coral taps into the collective will and wisdom of an ad man, a self-proclaimed coral nerd, top-notch camera designers, and renowned marine biologists as they invent the first time-lapse camera to record bleaching events as they happen. Unfortunately, the effort is anything but simple, and the team doggedly battles technical malfunctions and the force of nature in pursuit of their golden fleece: documenting the indisputable and tragic transformation below the waves. With its breathtaking photography, nail-biting suspense, and startling emotion, Chasing Coral is a dramatic revelation that won’t have audiences sitting idle for long.
Click here to watch the trailer!
Saturday, May 12, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM CDT
Stuart Hall, Room 102
5835 South Greenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
COMMON PRACTICE: LEGACIES IN ART & DESIGN
Inspired by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s exhibition, Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography, presented as part of Art Design Chicago, this event explores creative connections across generations and the legacies of artistic exchange in Chicago.
Through performance and conversation, a diverse group of established and emerging artists and designers pays homage to the past, celebrates the present, and looks toward the future of creative production in Chicago.
6:00 – 6:30pm
Activation on the Plaza curated by Ciera McKissick, including an installation by Jane Georges and Rachael Reuter along with performances by Tasha Viets-VanLear, Matt Muse, Patricia Nguyen, Avery R. Young, and Damon Williams
6:30 – 7:45pm
Panel in the Theater featuring Ciera McKissick, artists Suellen Rocca and Aay Preston-Myint, photographer & designer Luke Batten, moderated by MCA Chicago adjunct curator Lynne Warren with an introduction by Amy Zinck, Executive Vice President of the Terra Foundation
Reception in The Commons & Viewing of Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography in the Sylvia Neil and Daniel Fischer Galleries
Friday, May 11, 2018
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
While it’s still early days for mass adoption of Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality (VR+), imagine where business, the arts, and society might be later this century?
Paris-based VR expert and advocate Naomi Roth, in conversation with Robert C. Wolcott, Kellogg School of Management professor and Co-Founder of Kellogg Innovation Network, will explore how VR+ might change the game for arts, media, society— even the experience of being human.
What opportunities and threats might we face as we transition to a coming post-virtual world?
Naomi Roth launched Virtuality for Reality in 2016, an international online open-door community bringing together professionals, researchers and VR directors inspired by VR for good. She was invited the same year to co-create an innovation lab (on VR/AR/AI technologies) for a multinational startup, XXII GROUP then worked inside the laboratory on the elaboration of new lines of research.
As of today she gives lectures at French Universities and collaborates with action research projects destined to understand how environmental influences affect our choices and behavior.
This event is part of the French Innovation week organized by the French Consulate and supported by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
Thursday, May 10, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM CDT
Film Row Cinema
1104 South Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
WORKSHOP: DESIGN FOR SOCIAL IMPACT
Learn how designers make a social impact with their work, and then make your own projections about a cause that you personally care about.
We will learn the basics of guerilla projection and the concepts of hacking advertising as a means of social and political awareness. We will discuss the first amendment and how this powerful tool can be utilized in the challenging of the social status quo, corrupt governments and apathetic citizens. Participants will create work focusing on social topics of personal interest by the execution of strong research that will be utilized in creation of large scale building projections in the city of Chicago.
Adam DelMarcelle serves as an adjunct professor at, York College of Pennsylvania, Lebanon Valley College, Kutztown University and Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, teaching courses in graphic design, illustration and printmaking. His current work focuses on design activism and the role of the graphic witness in our society. The work created for the “What Heroin Sounds Like” campaign has garnered national attention, allowing Adam to travel widely spreading awareness of the heroin and opioid crisis ravaging our communities. He holds a BFA from the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design and an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Art. DelMarcelle has prints in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress in Washington DC and The Cushing Whitney Medical Library at Yale University.
(Date is set, but workshop time is subject to change)
Thursday, May 10, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
14 E Jackson Blvd
Room is TBD
Chicago, IL 60604
TFC CAMPUS CLUBS
Now Recruiting for Clubs!
Now recruiting for clubs!
Feel free to let us know via email if you'd like to start your own club or join an existing club.
The more the merrier!
ACADEMIC SUCCESS LABS
INFO COMMONS / LIBRARY
Stephanie LaFontaine, MA, LPC
Monday - 10:45AM - 4:45PM
Wednesday - 10:45AM - 4:45PM
Thursday - 10:45AM - 4:45PM
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