Please give a warm welcome to our first Member of the Week for the summer break (and co-president!), Nathan Shinholt!
Q: Looking back over this past spring semester, what are some of the things that LKT has accomplished that make you feel most proud of the society?
A: I’m always impressed by the brothers of Lambda Kappa Tau--both as a group, and as individuals.
Before Laura Gede and I were the co-presidents, we were co-production chairs together in the spring semester of 2014. One of our big initiatives was to resurrect the ancient LKT tradition of the annual 72 Hr. Film Festival, which we had not successfully gotten off the ground in years. We followed through with our plans and ended up with 3 teams competing against each other. It was a small victory! The festival this spring, now facilitated by Matt Brooks and Artem Bank, was anything but small. We had 9 teams competing this time around!
Another thing that really struck me this semester was the sheer size of our society. When I first joined as a freshman in the fall of 2012, LKT only had about 30-35 active brothers. That amount has doubled as we had 70 active brothers this semester! That’s not even counting our ever-growing alumni population. It’s crazy thinking about where everyone is going to end up professionally someday. Many of them are already working on feature films and television shows. I’m just so thankful to have had the chance to form personal relationships with such a large network of likeminded individuals throughout my time in college.
I think we had more brothers taking advanced production courses this semester than ever before. The majority of students in my Film 2 class were my LKT brothers! Film 3 had its fair share of brothers as well. On the day of the final screenings, LKT came out in full force to support us all and Van Bokkelen Hall has never been packed to the brim like that before.
Q: What are some challenges you would like LKT to tackle and focus on to make the society stronger?
A: As we get bigger, we need to figure out how to keep everybody on the same page. That takes time and work, and the struggle is figuring out a way to do that without interfering with what we’re all in LKT to do—make stuff. For example, we have always begun each semester with a long meeting to figure out our budget. Everyone on E-Board is always super excited to plan events and activities but their hands are tied until their budgets are approved by everyone else. We’ve restructured our semesters so that our budget for the fall was voted on at the end of the prior spring semester. Now we have all summer to really iron out all of the details and we’ll begin next semester with more momentum than ever before!
Q: What are you most looking forward to about your second semester as Co-President?
A: I’m looking forward to having a much lighter schedule this upcoming semester. I spent all semester working on a feature film in between school days and I don’t feel I really had the opportunity to connect with people on a more personal level like I intend to this semester. I did plenty of administrative, behind-the-scenes work to keep things with the group running smoothly on a technical level, but I don’t feel I invested enough time and energy into strengthening and forming new friendships, and I think that’s an important part of leading a student group.
Q: You recently screened your Film II project! Can you tell us a little about your involvement in that, and any projects you plan to work on in the future?
A: I was the director of photography for the short film "Last to Go". I was in a fantastic group and was super pleased to have about a dozen LKT brothers come out to help with production!
I’m working on a few projects right now actually. I’m the 1st AC on a web series called Redmonton. I’m animating a commercial for a company, and I’m doing a bunch of special effects work on a short film called Fallen Arches, written and directed by Ryan Gianforte, an LKT alumni. Later in the summer, I plan to animate a really silly music video about balloons geared toward children, specifically my niece and nephew. I also plan to revise a feature length script of mine, and write the pilot episode of a television series that I’ve been slowly developing in the back of my mind for a while now. I’d rather not go into too much detail about it, but I can tell you that it’s about a guy who wants something but something else gets in the way and keeps him from achieving what he wants. I’m really excited to see what projects other people in LKT are working on this semester and I would really like to help out on those as much as possible!