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NEWSLETTER

APRIL

2018

ALUMNI HIGHLIGHTS

Jake Winter Newberry

Film

Jake is a 2014 Film graduate and he's currently a Producer in LA. We asked Jake a few questions and here's what he had to say!

What are you most proud of in regards to your recent film My Best Girl?
We went by the book every step of the way. It was our first time securing financing
for a project, and our first time operating under an LLC. We also worked with
American Humane Society to safely include a dog in our film, which I never thought I’d do this early on in my career.


What was the largest challenge you encountered in making this film and how did you overcome it?
The shot list had to be condensed on one of our shoot days because we were falling
behind schedule. We put our heads together and calmly but confidently adapted
and continued the shoot after making some time sensitive creative decisions.


What would you say is one of the most important assets to have as a filmmaker?
The most important asset you can have as a filmmaker is your own intellectual
property. To paraphrase powerhouse Hollywood producer, Brian Grazer (Apollo 13,
FOX’s Empire), “If you don’t know anybody, if you’re not the nephew or cousin of
some movie star, the only thing you’ve got a chance at is creating out of nothing, an
idea.” Your ideas are your greatest asset.


What advice do you have for individuals specifically interested in filmmaking?
Even if your journey involves taking jobs that may not relate to your desired
profession, keep on creating. Do not stop creating. Surround yourself with others
that are as passionate about filmmaking as you are.


What piece of advice do you have for Flashpoint Chicago candidates preparing to enter their respective industry?
Though everyone’s path is unique, create some sort of plan so that you have a solid
starting point and a sense of direction. Seek advice from those who are in positions
you want to be in.


How did your experience at Flashpoint Chicago help you join your industry?
Flashpoint truly lives up to the statement “You learn by doing.” My experience there
was proactive and hands on.


What would you look for if an opportunity to potentially hire Flashpoint Chicago graduates came along?

If I were hiring a graduate, I would look for someone who is passionate about
constantly absorbing new ideas and skills. It is important to realize that there is
something to be learned in every experience.

What was your favorite thing about Flashpoint Chicago?
My favorite thing about Flashpoint was the faculty. The educators of whichever
institution you attend are what make your experience unique. The faculty that I
experienced at Flashpoint, including the adjunct professors, collectively inspired me
and offered guidance that I could not imagine being without.


Name one thing that made you choose Flashpoint Chicago over other colleges.    
I chose Flashpoint because I had clear goals. I wanted to learn the film business and
the process behind bringing projects to life in an ever-changing digital world. The
curriculum was concise and gave me tools that I continue to use today.


If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently?
I’d hesitate to do anything differently. While attending Flashpoint I prepared myself
for every possible opportunity so that whenever one arose, I was ready for it. For
example, I interned through the American Pavilion student program at the 2014
Cannes Film Festival. Jumping on that opportunity allowed me to connect with
international film professionals whose advice and resources bolstered my
confidence in moving to Los Angeles.

Check out the trailer for My Best Girl at https://vimeo.com/225121511

Carl Louis Mohr

Film

Carl is a 2014 Film graduate and he's currently a Producer in LA. We asked Carl a few questions and here's what he had to say!

What are you most proud of in regards to your recent film My Best Girl?

I think more than anything I’m just glad we avoided cutting corners. We acquired all of the correct permits, Worked successfully with union labor, secured funding for the project and never had to compromise on the quality of the film.


What was the largest challenge you encountered in making this film and how did you overcome it?

On our first day of filming, our first location was a neighborhood street. We had followed every legal procedure to insure that this shoot would go off without a hitch, including getting a permit for the street closure, Leafleting the residents of the affected area, setting up city provided barricades with lockdown crew present, and hiring a Chicago police officer for the course of the street shoot. But even with that preparation and ample notice one resident of the street was ill content with his street being closed and threatened to disrupt the shoot in any way possible. I’ve found that most irrational people simply want their ego stroked so after repeatedly apologizing for the great inconvenience and speaking of my admiration of his great sacrifice in loosing access to the street for several hours we found common ground and the crisis was averted. So be kind to folks, even if they aren’t kind to you because you don’t have time for a confrontation.


What would you say is one of the most important assets to have as a filmmaker?Cognition of your personal strengths is, to me, the most valuable asset you can have as a filmmaker. You have to know what you excel in and provide that skill to the industry. And never stop improving those skills because your best can always be bested, so it better be you besting yourself than the person who just took your job.


What advice do you have for individuals specifically interested in filmmaking?

Sometimes the film industry really sucks when you’re starting out. You work long and odd hours and are often paid next to nothing for your efforts. It starts getting better when you build out your resume, but you’ll be lucky to support yourself in the industry at first unless you have some friends or family willing to hand you opportunities. So don’t be ashamed of working a part-time job when you’re first starting out because to me there is nothing that stalls out your dreams out faster than not being able to pay your rent. Make a real plan free of lofty fantasies, never forget what you’re working towards, and NEVER get comfortable.


What piece of advice do you have for Flashpoint Chicago candidates preparing to enter their respective industry?

Never stop making friends. The people who don’t know you don’t care about you and don’t care if you fail. So go to every networking function you can, especially the ones that can help you foster intimate connections.


How did your experience at Flashpoint Chicago help you join your industry?

I don’t think Flashpoint wasted a lot of time trying to teach me how to be an artist.
Rather they fostered that creativity with the knowledge to project the art outward.


What would you look for if an opportunity to potentially hire Flashpoint Chicago graduates came along?

The defining quality in a good hire, for me, would be someone with a positive attitude and strong endurance. Negativity on set is a plague that can slowly infect the other cast and crew. So if you are sick, stay home.

What was your favorite thing about Flashpoint Chicago?

I think my favorite aspect of Flashpoint is the instructors’ investment in your success. Even after graduating I always feel comfortable in seeking council from my instructors, and catching up on how my career has advanced. I attribute a lot of this advancement to the foundational knowledge and skills I built at Flashpoint.


Name one thing that made you choose Flashpoint Chicago over other colleges.    

To be completely honest, I chose Flashpoint because the program seemed genuine. Most of the instructors there are real industry professionals whose curriculum is fed by real world experience. I didn’t find theoretical classwork at Flashpoint. I found real kinesthetic training that has fed into my development as a filmmaker.


If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently?

It’s hard to speculate what I could have done to better prepare myself for where I am now. Perhaps if I had simply moved back home, saved up, and headed out to LA sooner I would be further along in my career than I am now. However, without the reliable income and flexible hours of the Audio Visual job that helped me move out here, it might have never happened in the first place. So, I suppose the moral of the story if that everyone has their own path to walk and the advice of others can only carry you so far.

Check out the trailer for My Best Girl at https://vimeo.com/225121511

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

 

 

DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE CAREER FAIR ON

THURSDAY, APRIL 19TH!

IT WILL BE HELD ON CAMPUS (IN THE MATRIX)

FROM 12:00 - 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, April 5th - 1:00 - 2:00PM in Room 532

Thursday, April 12th - 1:00 - 2:00PM in Room 532

 

 

APRIL 18, 2018

END OF SPRING SESSION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

 

 

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

THE ART OF SITTING QUIETLY & DOING NOTHING: CHICAGO PREMIERE
 

Join Chicago-based filmmaker Nick Alonzo on Friday, April 13th as he presents his second feature film ‘The Art of Sitting Quietly and Doing Nothing’ at The Logan Theater. 

The semi-autobiographical dramedy focuses on an impulsive young man named Carl (played by newcomer actor Alex Serrato), who begins to reflect on his past life in the city as he currently resides in the woods after being dumped by his long time girlfriend, Gloria (played by actress/filmmaker Alycya Magaña). 

The event will start approximately at 7:00pm with an introduction from the director. A Q&A session with the filmmakers and cast will follow.

WHEN

Friday, April 13, 2018

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT

WHERE

The Logan Theatre

2646 North Milwaukee Avenue

Chicago, IL 60647

34TH CHICAGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL

The Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) is produced every April by the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC), a pan-Latino, nonprofit, multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to developing, promoting and increasing awareness of Latino culture among Latinos and other communities by presenting a wide variety of art forms. The Chicago Latino Film Festival began in 1985 with 14 films projected onto a concrete wall for 500 viewers, and has now grown into the ILCC, which was originally founded as Chicago Latino Cinema. 

To view the film schedule visit: https://chicagolatinofilmfestival.org/films/

WHEN

April 5 - 19, 2018

WHERE

AMC RIVER EAST 21 THEATRES
322 E. Illinois St.
Chicago, IL 60611

GEOGRAPHER W/ JOAN

Genre: Electro-pop/indie rock

In the summer of 2005, after a series of deaths in the family, Michael Deni left his hometown in New Jersey for San Francisco. He spent the next several months with a synthesizer he found on the street, turning that tragedy into the songs that would become the foundation for Geographer. Deni played his first shows by lying to promoters about how many people he could bring, handing out fliers by hand, and doing anything he could to get on stage. Cut to 6 years later, and he had sold out the legendary Filmore in San Francisco, headlined the 2300 seat Fox Theater in Oakland, and sold out shows all across the country on tour.

Deni's life in music began as a child, where he sang in a church choir. He wrote his first song when he was 4 years old, and began writing and recording his own music in earnest at age 12, when his father gave him a 4-track cassette tape recorder, with which Deni spent hours in his basement layering track upon track of guitar, saxophone, vocals, and a homemade ceramic drum his sister made him as a birthday present. Geographer's music is characterized by the use of vintage analog and FM synthesizers coupled with modern software synthesizers, as well as an electric cello often featured on songs in place of a lead guitar. Live on stage Deni performs with a band of revolving musicians, almost always with an electric cellist, drummer, and multi-instrumentalist to aid him in filling out his lush arrangements, and the band has become famous for its energetic and emotional live performances.

Geographer's new EP, 'Alone Time,' is the result of 2 years of that same kind of recording he used to do as a teenager. Days at a time spent alone, so that he could capture the music always coursing through his head, knowing that one day this hermetic existence would bring him in front of crowds of people. The songs explore, as do the rest of his catalog, the nature of existence, the self, an uncertain but optimistic curiosity about why we are here, and what it means to love and lose each other, but most of all, 'Alone Time' is a meditation on loneliness. While he needs solitude to make his songs, the place Geographer has said he truly feels alive is not alone with his thoughts, but together with strangers, on stage at his concerts.

WHEN

Saturday, Apr 14, 2018

10:00 PM CDT

WHERE

Space

1245 Chicago Avenue

Evanston, IL 60202

CPS SONGWRITING 101

Would you like to learn how to write songs quickly? This workshop for youth teaches how to write a one-minute song, encouraging participants to keep it simple!

Taking place in the Notes For Notes recording studio, located inside the James Jordan Boys and Girls Club, participants will have access to instruments, production tools, and recording equipment. Everything needed to make music will be available, as well as lunch at 12pm. Just bring your talent and ideas!!

WHEN

Sunday, April 29, 2018

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM CDT

WHERE

James Jordan Child Care Center

2102 West Monroe Street

Chicago, IL 60612

NATIONAL CORPORATE IDENTITY WITH HAMMER OF ZURICH 

Swiss graphic designer Hans Rudolf Lutz once said: “There is no such thing as neutral typography.”

In this lecture, we focus on the social responsibility of graphic design, notably through with the first totalizing, comprehensive and tragically effective branding campaigns in history; the identity for Germany’s National Socialist Party. We will analyze logotypes, typography, and the stereotypical elements of identity design, as well as take a look at aspects of culture in Germany and abroad from which the Nazis appropriated their visual toolkit.

In tandem, we will shed light on the lesser known phenomenon of nation design: the branding of micronations. Although they lack the qualities that define a state under international law, their founders are very much politically driven and put a lot of dedication into their assorted visual identities. By analyzing various existing and fictional nation designs, we question the mythos of the possibility of national identity.

About Hammer, Zurich
Sereina Rothenberger and David Schatz are the founders of Hammer, a Zurich-based creative agency working across the fields of art direction and graphic design. Hammer’s design language is distinct yet their work is wide-ranging and polymorphous. They are convinced that there is rarely an archetypal design solution, and that the goal of a designer is to find a very specific tune and timbre for each project, be it deliberate artlessness, deploying vernacular typography or creating obsessive and accurate patterns. The aspect that unites all of their projects is a strong belief in a participatory design method. This is exemplified in their recent project the Nice magazine, for which all content, images, text and design were developed in the Ivory Coast in the summer of 2017 as part of a collaborative effort between local photographers and international mentors.

More: http://hammer.to

Hammer is bringing a few items to raffle! Don't miss a chance to have a piece of their beautiful work.

WHEN

Thursday, April 5, 2018

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM CDT

WHERE

14 E Jackson Blvd

14 East Jackson Boulevard

Lower Level Theatre

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.

studentservices@tribecaflashpoint.edu

The more the merrier!

ACADEMIC SUCCESS LABS

INFO COMMONS / LIBRARY

COUNSELING CENTER

Stephanie LaFontaine, MA, LPC

Campus Counselor

OFFICE HOURS:

Monday - 10:45AM - 4:45PM

Wednesday - 10:45AM - 4:45PM

Thursday - 10:45AM - 4:45PM 

To schedule an appointment or in the event of an emergency, 

please contact Stephanie at:

counselingservices@tribecaflashpoint.edu

HOURS

MONDAY - FRIDAY

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

ADDRESS

28 N. Clark St. 

Suite 500 

Chicago, IL 60602

CONTACT                               

Students (Career Services)

flashpoint.careerservices@columbiacollege.edu

 

Students (Student Services)

flashpoint.studentservices@columbiacollege.edu

 

Alumni

flashpoint.alumnirelations@columbiacollege.edu

 

Employers

flashpoint.employerrelations@columbiacollege.edu

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