When I was a kid, I loved making my own short movies with our camcorder. My friends and I would stage little screenplays and act them out, then watch our creations on the old VHS player. I always dreamed of making movies like the ones I saw on the big screen.
By the time I got to high school, technology had improved a bit so that we had great movie making software on computers, and I had moved up to a Hi8 camera. I got involved with our high school TV crew, filming sporting events, and working on our weekly program on public access. Our program advisor noticed my interest in the production side of television and asked if I had ever considered applying to film school to continue my education. I told him I had always dreamed of making movies as a career choice, but it always seemed like something that was too far out of reach.
It turned out that it wasn’t so far fetched. I, along with help from my teachers, was able to put together a great portfolio of work for an application to several film schools. My grades were excellent, and while I was still an amateur filmmaker, I had a lot of practice, and the pieces I had put together weren’t too bad. I mailed off my applications and hoped for the best.
I received acceptance letters from two different film schools, and opted for attending one on the East Coast closer to my family. After I graduated, I was able to get a job working for a studio in California, and so far, I have been able to work on several major motion pictures as a production assistant, and on some television programming as well.
I am glad my teachers didn’t discourage me from my dream of becoming a filmmaker.