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CA+S Students Wrap Red Carpet Opportunity

Columbia College Cinema Art + Science students got their first taste of the red carpet this fall while working for the 49th Chicago International Film Festival. The 13 students were part of a team that videotaped events on behalf of the festival organization for use on their website. The events, which took place primarily at the AMC River East Theater, included panel discussions, Q&As with filmmakers, and red carpet arrivals.

“I wasn’t surprised by the number of technical issues we had,” shared Brandon D. Wood ('14), Post Production Supervisor, “but we met the challenge.” According to Wood, issues included quick camera set ups and a number of audio problems. Wood oversaw the data wrangling for the half Terabyte of video data recorded at the theater complex. Data from the camera cards was collected there, organized by event, and backed up onto multiple drives before being transported to the CA+S Post Center at Columbia College. Wood then assigned individual student editors to each of the events.

Rebecca Fons, Education Program Manager for Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, applauded the efforts of the team. “From camera operating to data wrangling to editing, they did an absolutely stellar job. Their professionalism, flexibility and talent is surpassed only by their clear passion for what they do.”

Grace Pritula ('16) worked on the camera side of things. “What a great experience! One of the things I love about Columbia is the emphasis on networking, and the opportunities it provides for its students. I came to Columbia looking to get out in the field, but never did I think it would happen so soon!”

Kathleen Young ('16) described her experience as a great opportunity to “listen in on the panels and Q&As. I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do this anywhere else.” Her favorite event was the awards ceremony. “All of the filmmakers that received awards seemed so proud of themselves and grateful to have their work be recognized. I could tell that they really love what they do.”

Alex Papas ('16) agreed that the experience was an amazing opportunity. “I had no idea that I would get to experience all the things that I did,” remarking that “it was a little crazy, but I was once told that out of insanity comes opportunity. It’s true!”