The Big Decision

One of my main focuses of this program in Los Angeles is to see if this city is the right place for me following my graduation next April. In the entertainment industry, there are two central hubs where most of the work is done: New York or Los Angeles. I grew up in North Jersey,…

Dealing with the Challenges

Being still in the United States, there are less challenges than what other countries might present. Nevertheless, Los Angeles is an extremely vibrant city with tons to do around lots of people. The biggest challenge is trying to estimate the utter size of this city. Anaheim and Santa Monica feel two New York Cities a…

2 Weeks into LA

This study away experience has been eye-opening from three distinct areas: professionally, personally & culturally. Over the course of these two weeks, I have learned a lot about what the film & entertainment industry entails and the career paths within it. The truth is there are no set career paths for the experience I want…

Understanding My Expectations

I have certainly learned a lot during my week and a half in the city of Los Angeles. It fits into my expectations that I laid out for myself ahead of the program – but the spontaneity of this industry and city is what caught me off guard. During our first week, we had 4…

Living in LA!

I have arrived in Los Angeles and living in Santa Monica! I am in an apartment complex with my three roommates. It’s in a real nice area being 30 minutes from the Santa Monica pier and beach and vibrant with places to eat. Our apartment is on the first floor of the complex so it…

My West Coast Goals

I have numerous goals that I hope to achieve through my participation in the Pitt in LA American Film Industry Program. Academically, there are two courses that are key parts of my experience in this program. The first course is The American Film Industry which aims to give a unique exposure to various aspects of…

Heading West – Global Program Introduction: Benjamin Asciutto

I’m so happy to be back on the Pitt Honors Blog for this summer. Last year, I was a Fellow in the Creative Arts Fellowship and produced my first documentary film on the pandemic’s effect on my hometown and what it means for suburbs across America. This summer, I am sticking with my passion for…

My Creative Arts Fellowship Experience

Over the course of this fellowship, I have developed a lot of skills that have helped me in the process of creating this film. One of the most important skills revolved around organization. With a documentary film, there are a lot of moving parts that need to come together in order to create the final…

Creating Creative Networks

A movie is certainly not a one-person job. Surrounding yourself with inspiring individuals will always bolster the final product. In my case, one individual that has been extremely important to my success has been my project mentor. When I first arrived at Pitt, I immediately threw myself into the multitude of resources available at the…

Making Trial & Error Creative

Since the very beginning of my research in January, my documentary’s focus has taken drastic twists and turns to reach the place it is today. The original focus was not about my town at all, but the future of the city right across the Hudson River. I examined multiple New York City industries over the…