Senior Faith Oakley has enjoyed watching movies since her childhood. When she was in middle school, she began watching behind-the-scenes clips of her favorite shows and expressed the desire to be an extra in a movie. After her mom helped her get that chance when she was a freshman, her desire to have a career in the film industry has grown. This summer, she explored that interest by attending DePaul University’s College of Computing and Digital Media’s Summer Academy for Game, Cinema and Animation – and now has an interest in pursuing film studies in college.
“I was nervous I might not like it, but once I got there, it was very enjoyable,” Faith said. “It was fun to be on set and do what we did.”
She was part of a group of four students who created a five-minute film. After a one-day introduction to the concept, the group spent two days working with another group, each taking turns acting their film and filming the group’s film. Then, they spent two days editing the footage to create the short film. The final day, the students watched each group’s finished project.
“It was interesting,” Faith said. “They were able to briefly teach us each aspect of film.”
Faith, who is a member of the House of Integrity, said she learned about the summer film academy during a previous campus tour. DePaul is now on top of her list, and she is excited for the possibility of going to college in Chicago. Her parents met there, and her family has visited the city several times, so she is familiar with it, she said.
She is also applying to six other schools as a back up and is beginning to create films on her own now that she has learned the process. She plans to be on the tech crew for spring musical, which this year will be Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, to gain more backstage experience.
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