Digital Media, Postproduction
Maureen is a current Digital Media, Postproduction student who recently secured an internship with Facets, as a Festival Assistant. We asked Maureen a few questions about her upcoming internship and here's what she had to say!
What are you most looking forward to in your internship with Facets?
I am looking forward to gain an understanding of the requirements needed for a short film to make it for an Oscar nomination. Last year, Facets' short film submission won an Oscar. As a Festival Assistant, I want to learn how to coordinate and organize large events and understand how to attract audiences to watch independent films.
In your opinion, how will this internship contribute to your professional development?
I want to, hopefully, be able to make connections that will further my dream of creating a short film worthy of an Oscar. I want to improve my organization skills and social skills with this internship. I want to learn about all the companies that accept short films and independent films in Chicago and create lasting relationships with them. I also want to work with non-profit organizations to learn how to give back and hopefully create my own organization for young girls.
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
Jason is a 2012 Recording Arts graduate and he's currently an Audio Engineer and Sound Designer at Periscope Post & Audio. We asked Jason a few questions and here's what he had to say!
What do you like most about working at Periscope Post & Audio?
I think my favorite part about working at Periscope Post & Audio is the variety of work that we do and the various hats that I get to wear. On any given week, or even within the same day, I can be an ADR mixer for The Exorcist, a sound designer for feature films like Kickboxer: Vengeance, or a recording engineer on a music session for Empire. We get to do it all. That’s pretty unique thing in the industry, especially in Chicago, which is primarily an advertising town.
What piece of advice do you have for TFC candidates currently job searching?
The advice that I have is to continue working on your craft. Even if it is just personal projects. Being good at what you do is what gets you in the door. What keeps you there, and what gets you hired, is the connections and relationships that you have and make with people. When you do great work and people like you, one thing will lead to the next thing, which will lead to the next thing.
How did your experience at TFC help you join your industry?
TFC gave me all the skills that I need to do my job well. But more importantly, it introduced me to the studio where I would intern, and would later connect me to a freelance project that I would do after graduation. Those two things later lead to the connections and word of mouth that landed me the job that I have now.
What would you look for if an opportunity to potentially hire TFC graduates come along?
Like I mentioned before, they have to know how to do the things we ask. It's very important to take full advantage of the early opportunities to impress when they are presented. Then once we know they are talented, we have to like them as people. We work long hours under usually pretty stressful deadlines, which makes it so important to have a group that gets along and works well together.
What was your favorite thing about TFC?
My favorite part about TFC was the facilities and the class schedule. With TFC being only a two-year school when I attended, we had basically a 9 to 5 class schedule to fit everything in. That made it feel more like work training, than college. I liked that a lot since I knew what I wanted to do. Along with getting trained in what are definitely professional-grade facilities, I was able to quickly adjust to studio life when I got into the industry.
Name one thing that made you choose TFC over other colleges?
Apart from the facilities, what ultimately lead me to attend TFC was the two-year curriculum. This is an industry where the experience that you have and the work you’ve done is more important than the degree. I was able to learn everything I needed to be a good professional in two years and spend the other two gaining experience and building my reel.
If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently?
If I had to do it over again, I would have collaborated with more of the other students. When I was at school, I would try work with the same people on all of our group projects. We knew how to work well together and always produced good results. But thinking back, There are other people that I wish I would have collaborated with.
Break - No Classes: Sept. 3 - 24, 2017
Start of Fall Trimester: Sept. 25, 2017
ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS!
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Beginning this Fall, 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
CHICAGO MUSIC EXCHANGE PRESENTS "AN EVENING WITH TOSIN ABASI"
Join Chicago Music Exchange and Fishman Electronics for a very special evening, clinic and performance featuring Animals as Leaders' guitarist Tosin Abasi live from the CME showroom! Don't miss out on this exclusive opportunity to see one of the most proficient modern instrumentalists and progressive metal guitarists in an intimate clinic setting.
Sponsored by Fishman in support of Abasi's new line of Signature Series pickups, this very unique FREE event will include:
A demonstration and explanation of Abasi's signature Fishman products and favorite gear
Very special in-store solo performances of songs from Abasi and Animals as Leaders albums
An exclusive Q&A opportunity with Abasi
Exciting giveaways, including an autographed set of Abasi signature pickups, Fishman swag and much more!
Limited ticket quantities available. Get your tickets now!
LIMIT ONE TICKET PER RESERVATION.
EVENTBRITE TICKET WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ENTRY.
Thursday, September 7, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM CDT
Chicago Music Exchange
3316 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657
DESIGNATION INFO NIGHT
Ever wanted to learn about what it’s like to attend DESIGNATION? Whether you're starting a career, switching careers into design, or advancing your design career, this is the night for you!
Join us in our space at 1871 for an informative look at DESIGNATION. You’ll have the chance to learn about each part of the program, including:
Our 24-week curriculum and structure
Our interviewing and acceptance process
The financing and payment options available
Collaborating with other designers in and outside a cohort
Experiences working on projects for real-world clients
Career opportunities after graduation
And many others!
DESIGNATION staff, creative directors, and alumni will be onsite to meet you and answer any questions you have. This event is free to attend, and food and drinks will be available.
Monday, September 18, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1212
Chicago, IL 60654
SURVEY OF 3D MODELING APPLICATIONS
Ever wonder what 3D modeling programs are out there and which are the best fit for you? Explore four open source programs: Tinkercad, SketchUp, Meshmixer and Sculptris. Each week has a guided project using one of these programs with time to discuss the strengths and limitations of each. Basic computer skills required. No modeling experience necessary.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM CDT
LILLSTREET Art Center
4401 North Ravenswood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640
INTRO TO CREATING PATTERNS IN ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR
Calling all doodlers, sketchers and artsy folks. Have you always wanted to know how to create digital art? Well, here is your chance to get an introduction to Adobe Illustrator.
In this 3-hour class you will learn:
The Illustrator (Adobe) interface
Create basic shapes
Add fills and stroke colors to your shapes
Create a complex shape from basic shapes
Create your own pattern
* You can print this pattern on fabric with one of the printmaking classes at Expression Graphics.
What can I bring into the event?
You need to bring your laptop with Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud already downloaded and installed. Here is the link to get Illustrator software. You can try it for 7-days. To purchase Illustrator it is $19.99 subscription per month.
You also need to bring a computer mouse.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You can contact us at: rLjackson99@gmail.com
Saturday, September 16, 2017
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM CDT
29 Harrison Street
Oak Park, IL 60304
STORYTELLING FOR JOBSEEKERS
What are your strengths? Name a situation where you thrived.
Ever encountered these questions in a job interview and had no reply or an adequate one? It happens.
Join us for our Storytelling for Jobseekers series and we’ll make sure you have plenty to say.
Champion, master storyteller, and actor James Gordon will guide you as you tap into your stories and will help you present them in a compelling way that make you standout in the interview.
Representatives from the Workforce Connection will be available following each session to provide additional assistance with resume writing, interviewing techniques and job search strategies.
Saturday, SEPTEMBER 16, 2017
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM CDT
Berwyn Public Library
2701 South Harlem Avenue
Berwyn, IL 60402
MASTER SESSIONS: THE PRODUCER-DIRECTOR RELATIONSHIP
Join filmmaker Neal Edelstein, producer of Mulholland Drive, The Ring and director of Haunting Melissa, for an in-depth conversation on navigating the producer-director relationship, the key relationship in any filmmaking enterprise.
Drawing on a storied career in creative partnership with iconic directors such as David Lynch, as well as his own work as a genre-expanding director, Edelstein will share his strategies for balancing art, ideas, people, time, money, power and technology in the service of making great cinema.
An Illinois native, Neal recently returned from Los Angeles to the Chicago area and is prepping to shoot Bleed Into One in 2018, a feature he will produce and direct from his original screenplay through his production company, Crow Island Films. Join us as we welcome Neal back to the Chicago filmmaking community. We are thrilled to share his world class-expertise with you.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM CDT
820 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 750
Chicago, IL 60607
MINDING THE GAP - WORK-IN-PROGRESS SCREENING
"Journey into the post-industrial heartland of the American midwest with a filmmaker and two of his skateboarding friends. Together they navigate intergenerational abuse and battle a downward economic spiral as they transition from childhood to manhood."
Chicago based director, Bing Liu, and producer, Diane Quon, will be screening a rough cut of their new documentary, Minding the Gap and would like to invite the IFP Chicago community to the Work In Progress screening on September 6. Learn more about the film here.
Bing Liu graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago, is a member of the International Cinematographer's Guild, and has gained experience working for various Chicago-based shows such as Shameless and Empire.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM CDT
Tribeca Flashpoint College
28 N. Clark St., Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60602
TFC CAMPUS CLUBS
Now recruiting for clubs for Fall!
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
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