I chose to come to Western because I had heard a lot of good things about the school’s English and Film programs. After attending a large high school, I really wanted to go somewhere where I could get more attention and care out of the teachers. I enjoy being on a first name basis with all of my teachers and knowing that I’m not just a number. I am initially from Denver, Colorado.
I work for Western State’s multimedia organization Mountaineer Media when I’m not in classes. I make advertisements for various organizations on campus, as well as participating and creating other film content for the school. After I graduate, I’d like to work for a production studio in California, and ultimately continue writing and directing my own films, but on a much larger scale.
This past year I had the opportunity to write and direct my first narrative short film for my Film Narrative class, COTH 389. It was a great experience to be given the tools I needed to make the film, and just go out and create my film on my own terms. I was given a crew of four other students and used actors from around town. I learned a lot, and was very proud of the film I had made, and it was great to see it be shown at the Student Film Night.
Being a film major I really enjoy having access to a large selection of equipment that I can check out and use for both school assignments as well as outside projects. I’m currently working on two new film projects. Both are ten minute short films I wrote and directed. One is for my advanced production class, and the other is a Mountaineer Media funded project, both are appearing in this year’s student film night.
If I had to choose my favorite class as WSCU...I’d say I have really enjoyed the Advanced Screenwriting, COTH 406 class taught by Tory Maurer as well as Narrative Production, COTH 398 with Jack Lucido.