Film and Video - Alumni Live Episodes

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ALUMNI LIVE

Alumni Live is a web series created by and for GVSU Film/Video Alumni and current students. Topics include career and industry issues as well as alumni profiles.


THE INDUSTRY

FULL EPISODE: FILM FESTIVALS

Join host Sarah Nawrocki as she talks with faculty and alums who are well acquainted with the film festival system. Sarah is joined by Deanna Morse, Jackson Ezinga, John Otterbacher, and Joel Potrykus.

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Why are film festivals important for filmmakers?

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Tips for networking at film festivals

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Tips for researching which festival to enter

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Tips for getting accepted into film festivals


FULL EPISODE: Writing for Television

Host/Alum Stacy Walsh interviews Jeremy Howe (Young Sheldon) and George Kitson (Agents of Sheild) about their work as writers for television.

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Advice for Aspiring Writers

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Working your way into the Writer's Room

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What do TV Writers Earn?

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What are the Dynamics of the Writer's Room?


FULL EPISODE: Working as a PA (Production Assistant)

Discussing how to land jobs as a PA and what to do to make the best impressions on set with GVSU Fillm/Video alumni Kelly Loughlin (LA), Chris Randall (GR), and Tre Jackson (Atlanta).

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What are the duties of a Production Assistant?

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How do you stand out as a Production Assistant?

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Are resumes important for Production Assistants?

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What is a good day rate for a Production Assistant?


Full Episode: COVID-19 PRODUCTION SAFETY

Host Derk Baartman talks with Dave Lowing, Michael Judd, and Danielle Grow and other GVSU Film/Video Alumni from around the country about how to keep productions safe during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

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How have Los Angeles film sets adapted to COVID 19?

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How can student productions apply COVID-19 safety practices?

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What is the role of the producer for COVID-19 safety practices?

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Importance of advocating for safely protocols on set.


FULL EPISODE: Working as an Audio Professional

Joe McCargar talks with Sean Quashnie and Bryen Hensley about working in the entertainment industry as sound artists.

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Discussion about building relationships with clients.

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How to stay current with technology.

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Designing Sound for video games

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Final Takeaways.


FULL EPISODE: Making a Film on a Microbudget

Joel Potrykus, class of 1999, talks with Charles Beale and Jake Bowen, both class of 2011, about their experience in the world of making movies with small budgets.

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Creating Studio Fest and the film "Souvenirs".

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Financing the films.

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Move out west or stay local?


FULL EPISODE: Alumni Advice on Moving to the West Coast

Host Katie Troupe leads a discussion with Jamie Bartkowicz, Scott Sheppard, Kelly Loughlin, Talon Rudel, and A.J. Bedard about moving to LA after graduating from GVSU.

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GVSU alumni talk about moving to LA after college

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How they broke into the west coast film industry.

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What GVSU alums in LA wish they knew before they graduated.

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Housing in Los Angeles

FULL EPISODE: Working in the Game Industry

Alumni Randy Strobl talks with Karl Koehle and Kirie Quackenbush about working in the game industry.

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What is it like to work in the game industry?

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Steps to take to work in the game industry.

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Working as part of a team to create a game.

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Technology in the game design industry.


ALUMNI PROFILES

ALUMNI PROFILE: ALFREDO (TONY) PETERS

Alfredo Peters discusses Launching Higher Faculty YouTube (35.5k subscribers!), creating his own studio, balancing a family and career, and tips for current students.

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Building the business

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Monetizing YouTube videos

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Getting new clients

Alumni Profile: Chris Gagnon

Chris Gagnon is a GVSU Film/Video alumni who video-blogged riding a bicycle from coast to coast in the United States with his brother and currently lives in Malawi making videos with his neighbors.

Alumni Profile: Mary Graff Ashley

Mary Graff Ashley talks about her career as an editor working in Los Angeles on promotional and behind the scenes videos.  Mary currently works for Walt Disney Television.

Collaboration During the Pandemic

Join Michele Terpstra, GVSU Film/Video Alumni Board Member, for a conversation with Sarah Ford, a GVSU Class of 2018 alumni, about how she collaborated with creators during the pandemic to produce content.


FILM & VIDEO PRODUCTION MAJOR


Film & Video Production Major - FULL EPISODE

Alumni and documentary filmmaker, Randy Strobl (2012) talks with current students and faculty about their experience with the GVSU Film and Video Production major. This is a great resource if you want to learn about the programs and culture of the major

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Advice for prospective students

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Fiction Filmmaking

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Documentary Filmmaking

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Animation and New Media


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Scriptwriting

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Film Studies

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Creating Client Work

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Internships

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Campus Video Jobs


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Post Production

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Alumni Chapter Initiatives

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Showcases

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Top 3 Filmmaking Tools


History of the Film & Video Production Major - FULL EPISODE

Alumni and faculty talk about the 40 plus year history of the Grand Valley Film & Video Production major and what has made it unique.

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William James College and the Arts and Media Major

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Summer Film Project (History Episode)

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Film Studies (History Episode)


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GVSU Lip Dub (Full Conversation)

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Group Projects

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The Reunion

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Final Thoughts (History Episode)