I'm a Film Major at Columbia and I'm from Watertown Wisconsin (just outside of Milwaukee and Madison). I've wanted to become a filmmaker since I was 7 years old. In third grade or so, I started out making animations with hundreds of slides in Microsoft Powerpoint and then went on to making short films since then. I also experimented with building websites, flash games, and all sorts of other stuff when I was younger. I started volunteering at my home town's local community access channel when I was 12, helping out with everything from event coverage to camera operating to editing, and now have over 350 hours there.
I've done several weddings, two Public Service Announcement spots for an AIDS research organization, a project involving hours of footage for a nonprofit relief organization for Haiti, and tons personal projects and videos. But mostly, I've been making short films since before I was a teenager, and I learn new things with every one.
A few years ago I got a job editing videos at a skydiving dropzone in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, which has been one of my coolest life experiences. Basically, they have video jumpers with two GoPros who go with Tandem students, film/photograph their jumps, and give me the SD Cards. After, I edit the video in Sony Vegas, add music, burn it to a disk, etc, and give it to the customer before they leave. On some busy weekends I've done as many as up to 30 videos and sets of stills in one day. I also had a second job working as a concessionist/usher at an AMC movie theater.
I also love music. I took piano lessons from my Mom for 10 years, played trombone from 5th grade through high school, and took guitar lessons for 4 years. I love Jazz, blues, and hip hop specifically, and I played guitar in both high school Jazz ensembles. I love tennis too; in high school I was a team captain and d1 2 singles player.
I'm super excited to be in Chicago at Columbia pursuing my childhood dream and I'm grateful for every opportunity.
Thanks for reading.
Me operating a camera for Watertown Cable 13 in 2013
At work at the Wisconsin Skydiving Center in the summer of 2015
Some of the animations that I made back in the third and fourth grade. My very first videos
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