Welcome back for another school year, Tigers! We're starting our Fall 2015 semester off with Bethany Michalski, one of our current Co-Production Chairs. Seems like she has some tricks up her sleeve for LKT this semester!
Q: This semester sounds like it's going to be another busy one for LKT! This weekend is the 48 Hour film challenge for LKT Brothers, both current students and alumni. Can you gives us a brief explanation on what we can expect from it?
A: We wanted to wipe the slate clean when it came to 48 this year. Some of the traditional challenges our brothers are used to in the past 6 semesters of 48 productions will see lots of changes. This year, it’s back to basics.
Q: Are you allowed to tell us any other plans that you and Brennan Kerr (our other Co-Production Chair) have planned for the semester?
A: Our goal is to simplify. This theme has helped us develop, what I believe, is a future of stronger productions from LKT. I can’t say what quit yet, but we’ve got a week-long surprise in store for everyone. Stay tuned! :)
Q: Are there any big changes between the kind of events the Production Chairs are running this semester in comparison to previous ones? If so, why did you and Brennan decide to make these changes?
A: One crucial decision Brennan and I made was to get rid of the 24-hour film challenge. Historically, these were used as a bonding experience for new members and a quick way to get them on set. The work always seemed so rushed, we want people to walk away from LKT productions with work they can easily put in their portfolio.
This year we felt it was all about quality over quantity. We are focused on getting LKT back to fundamentals of filmmaking; focusing on a strong and simple narrative and emphasizing time on set to learn from fellow brothers. As the group gets bigger, logistically it becomes challenging to get people on set. That has been the biggest hurdle we’ve faced, but I think by skimming down to only a select few productions, we now have the time to slow down on sets and focus on the learning.
Q: Last semester, you were apart of a Film 2 class, and were the Director of Photography for "The Observer's Paradox". Do you have any other big projects that you are working on?
A: This is a big production year for me. I'm in the pre-production stages of my first ever independently directed documentary profiling a street photographer. I’m really excited about this one.
Besides a few DP gigs here and there, a big part of this year for me is focusing on learning as much as I can about the craft of filmmaking. I love to learn. And I want to get better. I think getting on set and constantly creating new work is key to this.
My goal is to direct at least one short film, and DP 5 films before I leave Towson. I’ve got 9 months left and 6 films to make…I better get started.