My main goal for the IMA MFA program is to complete a terminal degree. I have an MA in theatre, but I will need a terminal degree eventually to remain competitive in academia, and I didn’t want to do an MFA in acting, or a PhD in theatre.
I started teaching “Acting for the Camera” right out of undergrad because it was lucrative, and I needed to work. I bought myself a video camera, and I already had iMovie on my Mac. I learned iMove through trial and error, and I think I taught 3 different iterations of the same course at various local organizations. I would essentially make a short video each week with the kids, and at the end of the term we’d have a screening. I really enjoyed editing the videos, and when I came to NYU for graduate school, I kept making short films for class projects, etc. I found it very helpful to be able to create my own videos as a college professor, and now that higher ed is in a financial bind, I am also looking at transitioning to Ed Tech or something like that.
I really want to take a VR/360 Filmmaking course, but so far there are no plans to offer it again. VR is very similar to immersive theatre, which I love, and a lot of theatre companies started adding in a VR component back in 2018. After a strong start, VR has stalled, and I think we need some more innovation before it tips into mainstream.
So far, I have taken Doc 1, Premiere and Resolve workshops, Story Strategies, AR, and Doc Hist. Oh, and I took the undergrad version of Doc 1, the film history class, the introductory film production class, and the TV studio course.
I am hoping to leave Hunter College very familiar with the Adobe Creative Suite, and a body of creative work I could showcase. I am taking my sweet time to complete the program, though, so I’ll be around for awhile.
Some of my work includes:
Stop Motion (1 min) – https://vimeo.com/459910265
IMA Doc 1 Final Group Project (5ish mins) – https://vimeo.com/378007040
Undergrad Doc 1 Final Project (8.5 mins) https://vimeo.com/306586764
Undergrad Doc 1 Midterm Project (5ish mins) https://vimeo.com/304250350