Our new Member of the Week is Gosnel McDermott! Gosnel joined last spring with the Omicron Class, and is focusing on bringing his art and design skills into LKT.
Q: Last week was Shadow Week for LKT, where we made a short film with all of the incoming Pi Class. How was that experience for you?
A: Shadow Week was an awesome experience that I wish I had when I joined LKT. I learned a lot on set and got to know a lot of the new members much better. It was definitely a lot of fun (even if the set was really small for 40 people), and I'm glad I got to experience making a short film with my fellow brothers.
Q: As a non-EMF major, how do you go about bringing in your skill set to the society?
A: When I joined LKT I was a little worried that I wouldn't be able to make a contribution because I wasn't an EMF major, but now I have found ways to incorporate Art and Design into production. I learned that I could do Production Design and Costuming on set and I can't wait to start working on more projects and showing people what I can do best.
Q: Rumor has it that you are trying to help revive the relatively dormant Arts Committee of LKT. What is the purpose of this committee, and where would you like it to go?
A: The purpose of the LKT Arts committee is to be sort of an extension of production, but it focuses more on the artistic side of film making like Production Design, Make-Up, Costuming etc. It also serves as a way to bring out the more creative side of LKT without all of the technical stuff. I would definitely like it to become more prominent and see if we can get more collaborations with filmmakers and artists.
Congratulations to our new member of the week, Claire Fremuth! Claire became a Brother during Fall 2013, Mu Class, and has garnered quite the reputation as a a go-to Brother when an actor or make-up artist is needed.
Q: This past week was "Workshop Week", a new addition to LKT. We had workshops on everything from audio, writing, production design, and more. You taught a workshop on make-up. How did that go?
A: I had been a little nervous since I've never taught a makeup workshop before, and there hasn't been a makeup workshop in LKT for at least quite some time. I went through some pictures of my makeup and talked about different effects you can do to enhance films and photography. I also did two demonstrations of requests, sunken makeup and bruises/scrapes, which I feel went well! I received great feed back from a lot of members and callback-ees who came out, so that also plays into my feeling that the workshop went well!
Q: Why do you think that make-up is such an integral part of a production?
A: Make-up takes someone who looks everyday and transforms them into their character. Often times I have found makeup to aid even acting performances, because the actor will feel and LOOK even less like themselves. Particularly when doing a period piece, whether past or future, I think makeup can really help take the audience there as well, and make them believe what is happening.
Q: Not being an Electronic Media and Film major, what drew you to LKT when you joined our Mu Class (Fall 2013)?
A: In my earlier college years I was still more attached to my theatre and acting self, and wanted to group up with people who I could creatively collaborate with as an outlet. People seem to forget that someone's major doesn't define their whole self. We all have other interests and hobbies, so why not join a group of people I can get creative with?
Q: Why do you think it is important for more than just EMF majors to join LKT?
A: I think its important to have more than just EMF majors in LKT because it lends a different perspective. Just because people like myself haven't learned particular techniques of film, doesn't mean they can't lend a creative hand, or come up with something someone else didn't think about. LKT, while it is an amazingly talented group, is also here to teach. Why not share the knowledge of film with others who have a passion for it, even if its just a hobby for them?
Haha, I also think it keeps some people grounded, remembering that there is more to life than just films, that's why we do philanthropy, and why I think we should explore more of the total media side of our society, and not only film.