“I went and observed my mentor as he shot a music video for a collaboration of about seven artists. I stood uneasy at first and felt out of my element as I watched my mentor smoothly go through his self-taught shot list. Then we went on break as we were waiting for the last two artists to show. I had some shot ideas for an earlier artist who had a verse that inspired me to brainstorm. I asked my mentor if I could dabble with some ideas. He obliged as I took over the camera and grabbed the artist from before. I suddenly abandoned all my inhibitions and sunk into a comfortable flow. The artist appreciated my view on detail and my spontaneity. No one really talked to me much that day except for this particular artist. He asked my name and shook my hand, telling me ‘thanks for taking the extra time with me man’. It was though I was literally standing outside of a box that I didn’t know the way in to. Then I grabbed a camera and was invited into this ‘world’. THIS is why I want nothing but to make movies. It’s my way in! It gives me my voice.”
Every week we ask our students to review how they are progressing with our program.