Shanika (Nika) Moore
Expected Graduation: December 2020
Nika is a current Film student who is quite active, not only as a student, but as a growing professional in her chosen field of Film. We asked Nika a few questions about her experience here at Flashpoint and her plans after graduation. Here's what Nika had
What are you looking forward to as you pursue your Film degree at
I am so proud to be a student at Flashpoint Chicago. I was not expecting so much
encouragement and support from, not only my fellow students, but the faculty and staff
as well! I planned on going back to school and finishing up my degree, so I wasn't really sure what to look forward to. As I progress in my program, I now look forward to gaining the wealth of knowledge and encouragement to create content that we are encouraged to do. I look forward to gaining more field experience, networking and growing with my peers. I have been fortunate to be a working industry professional and a student, so with this, I hope to continue to have the opportunity to offer media roles to others.
How have your studies and projects contributed to your professional development?
We have so many projects that require collaborative teamwork! It can be tough. However, communication right from the start can alleviate the stresses of group projects. These types of projects have helped and continue to help me grow in areas such as: being patient, trusting my teammates and collaborative partners to do their jobs,
communicating efficiently and effectively, and having fun while doing it. If you’re not having fun, then maybe a re-evaluation and a re-boot may be in order. Sometimes things don't work, so I am learning to stop, look at what is and what is not working, then make adjustments. This has been so helpful along the way.
As of now, what do you envision for your plans after graduation?
I have a small production entity that I plan to get the LLC for titled, “Sistah Soul Productions,” a Chicago-based film collaborative focusing on narrative short & feature films, as well as working to create visual content with our creative partners through film and media production. I plan to expand my network and continue making films and other content. I also plan to build my team. Those are some of the things that may happen
simultaneously throughout the remainder of my academic career with Flashpoint, but this will always be a consistent goal of mine. Since I am from California and my folks are there, I would like to be able to work out there from time to time, then that way I have
grandparent babysitters for my handsome son, while mommy works!
What is your definition of success?
Being driven and constantly willing to learn. It's okay not to know everything, but if you are willing to learn and you are ambitious and a team player, you're destined to be successful. There are always people willing to help each other push forward in a positive and progressive way if they will it. Don't be afraid to ask questions, respectfully stand up for yourself, and trust your instincts. I have also learned that time management can truly help us be successful, and sometimes that means saying no and not taking on more than you can handle. It's exciting to have offers and opportunities to work on projects, but you have to learn when too much is too much. Really evaluate each project and find the ones that you really want to be involved with and give your best effort.
What advice do you have for current students also pursuing a degree in Film?
Try everything and do everything at least once. Many of us come in with a mindset that we are only to be one specific type of filmmaker, such as a Producer, or Director, etc.
Try everything! You will never know what you may excel in if you do not try. Start branding yourself and creating your reel, or body of work. I know it is “school,” but every piece of a project, or script, or creative work that you make for a class, or independently, you should put your 100% full effort into it as if it were going to any festival or being pitched to any major network or studio. This will help you build a great work ethic and build your materials to submit for creative jobs and internships. Back to the group project thing again, I always say that even if this is a group project, everyone is noticing everyone's efforts and what they bring to the table, so we are auditioning for one another, so again, be a team player, don't be afraid to ask questions, and put your all into everything you do. You will benefit from this and people will want to continue to work with you throughout your time at Flashpoint and after graduation! Also, utilize the services at school! We have so many wonderful resources!
What projects are you currently working on?
Currently, my brand and my fabulous Flashpoint Student team, are the official documentary crew for Sophia’s Choice Asian Pop-Up Cinema film festival here in Chicago; and will continue working with this organization in their future seasons. I have a student film in Production Module I titled, “A Drawing,” I am the DP for an independent web series with a female improv group The Felions titled, “Stuck,” I am in development of a web series project that was inspired by the Hero’s Journey course that is now an independent project titled, “Protest,” and working on starting my first feature film. I am always submitting for positions on other projects that I find, and thank you to Career Services for posting some great opportunities, because I have submitted my resume
many times to many posts and have received unexpected opportunities from people who are now clients of mine. It has been great!
What do you like most about being a student at Flashpoint Chicago?
I am an older student, I have a child, and an entire family of my own. I walked into Flashpoint and talked with Bilal who sparked my excitement and I was definitely excited, but when it came to the first starting date, I wasn't ready. Bilal followed up with me, which I absolutely appreciated and felt wanted, so I woman’d up and started school! This has been the best decision, academically, that I could have ever made. I am so happy and honored to be apart of this institution. It is immersive from the beginning and encourages us to be active in our creation. There is help and advisement. There is equipment, fun
toys to be handled with care, that we are able to get up close and personal with, as well as a wealth of knowledge and sharing of ideas in and outside of the classroom. There's a support amongst peers that I can't even explain. The camaraderie is phenomenal. When someone seems to be down and out, our peers help one another to pick each other back up and keep pushing. This is so touching. Ultimately we become something like a family.
What is your favorite film and why?
My favorite film is “Blood In Blood Out - Bound by Honor.” The director is Taylor Hackford, Devil’s Advocate, Delores Claiborne, and Ray. This film embodies topics of family orientation and turmoil, wanting to belong, finding one's self, and more. It is so realistic and the elements that were put together to make this film truly give it a certain essence that draws us in. Also the use of story is phenomenal because it has a main character with two secondary main characters. All three guys have their storyline showcased from beginning to end to show us their humble beginnings, their journeys in finding their true selves, and their final acceptance of who they become. It's great!
Brian is a 2010 Recording Arts graduate and he's currently an Audio Mixer with the NFL Network. We asked Brian a few questions and here's what he had to say!
What do you like most about working as an Audio Mixer with the NFL Network?
One of the things I like best about working at the NFL Network, is working in the live sports environment and meeting and working with world-class athletes. Things are always changing in this environment and I'm always working on new shows, so it never gets boring.
What has been the greatest challenge you have encountered working in your current role and how have you overcome it?
One of the greatest challenges I faced when starting at NFL was that the work was free-lance and not as consistent as I would have liked, especially during the off-season. I was able to overcome that and move up the totem pole by simply working as hard as I could, learning from anyone I could, and by being reliable and pleasant. By showing that I would always do a great job, be available to pick up shifts and get along with co-workers, producers and directors, I was able to move up quickly. It really is the simple things. A good work ethic and pleasant attitude goes a long ways.
What would you say is one of the most important assets to have in your industry?
In the live television industry a lot is going on at once and things move quickly, so the ability to multi-task and stay calm is very important. You are always listening to the show you are mixing, a producer, director, associate director and often a second mixer, while also watching the show and following a run-down, so the ability to do many things at once and not get hung up if you do make a mistake is essential.
In your opinion, what should candidates new to the industry avoid in order to succeed?
I would recommend candidates avoid being one track minded in terms of where they see themselves. I never imagined coming out of Flashpoint that I would end up in sports broadcasting. I saw myself in the post-production/design industry. However, those jobs can be difficult to get your foot in the door. Therefore, I took any job I could related to audio. I started doing location recording, recording behind the scenes content for the Judge Mathis and Judge Pirro shows. I then worked for a company where I did location audio, post-production and live streaming and podcast mixing for web content. I was then recommended for a position at the Big Ten Network and while I did not have specific experience in sports broadcasting, my well-rounded resume showed them that I understood audio and they were willing to train me on the rest. Always work toward your goals, but be willing for those goals to take a different path.
What advice do you have for individuals specifically interested in your field of work?
I would recommend anyone interested in getting into live sports broadcasting or live television listen to those types of broadcasts with a critical ear. Listen to games or NFL network or ESPN to know what the industry standard is. Also get in on the ground level. Start working as soon as you can as an A2 or A3 and learn from the mixers above you. This can often be done while in school. People are always looking for people to run cable and through mics on talent. Once in, observe and ask questions. I would also recommend becoming familiar with as many different mixing consoles as you can.
What piece of advice do you have for Flashpoint candidates preparing for the job search?
Do not take your cover letter and resume for granted. This is the first impression employers have of you and if you haven't taken these seriously, why should they think you will take their job seriously. I was offered my position at NFL Network solely from my resume and cover letter and was told the quality of my cover letter, in addition to my skills,is what made the decision. Take advantage of career services and any other qualified eyes you can have look at them.
How did your experience at Flashpoint help you join your industry?
My experience at Flashpoint was crucial in helping in my career. Without Flashpoint, I would not have the technical knowledge I would need for my career. No matter what field of audio I may have worked in, having a great knowledge of signal flow, DAW's, consoles, microphones, compressors, etc., is essential. Flashpoint also gave me the ability to work well with people from different disciplines, which has been a great asset.
What would you look for if an opportunity to potentially hire Flashpoint candidates came along?
If I had the opportunity to hire Flashpoint candidates, what I would look for besides the knowledge and skills to perform the job, are a good work ethic and positive attitude. You work closely with people in this industry and nobody wants to work with an unreliable jerk. Especially in the free-lance field, your next job may come directly from someone you worked with in the past, so don't burn bridges.
What did you like most about attending Flashpoint?
My favorite thing about attending Flashpoint was that it was hands on from day one. Because this field is so technical, I loved that they wasted no time in getting our hands on the equipment. I also loved the relationships I built with other students and faculty. These people can be your future co-workers, employers and collaborators. I currently work with two former Big Ten co-workers. The amazing artwork on the walls didn't hurt either.
Name one thing that made you choose Flashpoint over other colleges?
I chose Flashpoint over other schools because it was a two year program. I had already attended a four year University and was looking for a two year program that would teach me the technical skills and abilities I would need for a career in audio while working on state of the art equipment and that is exactly what I got from Flashpoint.
If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently?
If I had to do it all over again, I'm not sure I would do anything differently. My career has not gone exactly how I expected, but I am currently in a place that I am very happy with. If anything, I wish I would have gone to school for audio sooner, as this change in career paths has been great to me.
Could you share a fun fact (or two) about yourself?
I grew up in Nebraska and also attended the University of Nebraska and my love for Nebraska Football is what drove me to pursue the job at the Big Ten Network. Also, I was an older student when I attended Flashpoint. I previously pursued a career in acting and also worked in restaurant management, so it's never too late to change gears and start something new. I still occasionally act on the side.
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INDUSTRY EVENTS & NEWS
RITOMA FILM SCREENING
Sponsored by Asian Pop-Up Cinema
Ritoma Synopsis: On any given day on the vast Tibetan Plateau, you will find nomads herding their animals and monks reciting their mantras. You will also find them playing one of their favorite sports: basketball.
With the introduction of televised NBA games, the nomads of Ritoma have a new strategy for their court game. And when a proper coach arrives from the USA, slam-dunk becomes their new mantra.
A new tournament has been announced, the first in their region. Can they put together a team that’s good enough to take part? Might they even be able to win?
Tuesday, October 26, 2018
2:00 - 4:00 PM CDT
28 N. Clark St, Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60602
"SAME GOD" FILM SCREENING
Please join us for the Chicago Premiere of "Same God" on October 25, 2018
Doors Open at 6PM
Program begins at 7PM
Panel Discussion to follow the film, featuring:
Dr. Larycia Hawkins
Director Linda Midgett
Dr. Michael Mangis
For more information on the film visit www.SameGodFilm.com
SPONSORED BY CAIR CHICAGO & MUSEUM OF BROADCAST COMMUNICATIONS
Thursday, October 25, 2018
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM CDT
Museum of Broadcast Communications
360 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60654
DESIGN CANADA - DOCUMENTARY FILM IN CHICAGO
Design Canada is the first documentary chronicling the history of Canadian graphic design and how it shaped a nation and its people.
What defines a national identity, is it an anthem? A flag? Is it a logo or icon? How do these elements shape who we are? In the 60s and 70s, these questions were answered by an innovative group of Canadian designers, who used design to unify the nation.
Burton Kramer, Fritz Gottschalk, Rolf Harder, Stuart Ash, Massimo Vignelli, Douglas Coupland, Heather Cooper, Marian Bantjes and more.
"Retracing Canada's design lineage is a reminder that to know a country’s graphic design is to know its history." – Wired Magazine
"The best designs can look so natural we forget they even had to be invented." – National Post
"Durrell has crafted a superlative documentary, intelligently written, filmed, edited, and scored. It may be a beginner’s effort, but with Durrell coaxing real passion out of his interview subjects it easily stands on par with the works of master documentarians." – Georgia Straight
Tuesday, 23 October 2018
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT
Museum Of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
BYOB | 4 acts (TBA) | multi-genre | 7:00 PM Doors | 7:30 PM Show
Makespace is located at the Packback space at 601 S La Salle St. The entrance to 601 S La Salle is located on Harrison street in between La Salle and Clark.
Come up to the 6th floor and our office dog Pepper will greet you at the door.
Makespace is a community of creators dedicated to sharing and experiencing art, ideas, and curiosity.
MAKESPACE was founded with a simple idea in mind: If we have a gift and we hide it, we cannot offer our best in any other aspect life.
MAKESPACE was created to be a physical space, a supportive community, and a monthly event where members of the Chicago community can share their creative gifts, be inspired by the works of other creators, engage in discussions and experiences that push us beyond the boundaries of where our jobs and social circles might naturally lead us.
MAKESPACE is a community of creators founded by the team at Packback, a Chicago-based Education Startup, as a part of Packback's ongoing mission to cultivate a more curious world.
Thursday, October 11, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM CDT
601 South LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60605
ELLEN LUPTON: DESIGN IS ART PEOPLE USE
Inspired by the exhibition Up Is Down, Ellen Lupton, Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City and director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), will address the evolving relationship between artistic experimentation and commercial design. In the 1950s and '60s, the Goldsholl design firm’s creative experiments with light and media found their ways to lucrative commercials and patents. Lupton will consider this history of design innovation, and the state of experimentation and design today; focusing on the commercials and projects that artists create for the ubiquitous digital screens around us. Thinking about how rapid digital culture blurs the boundaries of art and commerce this program considers our new era of design experimentation and addresses how current designers shape not only what, but how we see.
Co-sponsored by the Terra Foundation for American Art and The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. Presented by The Block Museum of Art in conjunction with Art Design Chicago and in partnership with the Segal Design Institute and Medill Integrated Marketing and Communications.
The exhibition Up Is Down is presented in conjunction with Art Design Chicago, a wide-ranging initiative to explore the breadth of Chicago’s role as a catalyst and incubator for innovations in art and design. Art Design Chicago is a spirited celebration of the unique and vital role Chicago plays as America’s crossroads of creativity and commerce. Led by the Terra Foundation for American Art with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, this citywide partnership of cultural organizations explores Chicago’s art and design legacy with more than 25 exhibitions and hundreds of events in 2018.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM CDT
Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
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