The Conclusion of Pitt in LA

This past month has been nothing but an extraordinary experience. Often, study abroad is associated with leaving for a new country anywhere across the globe. There is certainly a multitude to learn from the rich cultural experiences of other places and people. I never thought I would gain that level of insight within the United…

My Final Week

I think if I were speaking to myself at the start of the program, there are a few things I wish I was more aware of. The biggest point would be not to burn yourself out. During the program, I interned at HBO from 7am-3pm, did my homework assignments from 3pm-5pm, ate dinner and then…

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…

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…

CUTF Introduction: Scene August Wilson, Take 2, and… Action!

If I’ve learned one thing in the world of filmmaking, it’s that you’ll rarely get the perfect shot in the first take. But take 2? Take 2 is full of possibility and promise. You troubleshoot the faults in the camera choreography, mark your focus points, spray flyaways down, adjust the lights, and you have the…

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…

My Cohort of Collaboration

When I wrote my proposal back in November of 2020, it was just me and my computer typing away about an idea that intrigued me in the present moment. Since March of that year, all of my academic situations revolved around me sitting at a desk in my room, typing, talking, watching, reading, all on…