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Borough of Manhattan Community College: Film Production
Tiffany Rose is a sophomore at BMCC currently studying film production. When she's not in class, she's busy working on her next film noir short with a twist. Besides film production, she works on screenwriting, poetry, and blogging.
What makes you passionate about film production?
Film production is all about getting everyone to work together to turn something that began as words on a page into a visual, audio, and emotional experience. It can be extremely chaotic since you're trying to bring together this diverse group of people with roles like: actor, gaffer, cinematographer, and audio technicians just to name a few. And, because you're trying to turn a (hopefully) well-written script into a visual masterpiece, finding the right locations, organizing schedules, having the right equipment are all important pieces of the larger puzzle. It’s all about effectively using small windows of time. Later, when you have a rough cut and you put it all together in post-production, and you see the words come alive, you see this little world you created, you see everything just fall into place —it’s one of the most rewarding experiences. It’s something everyone on the production team can share, no matter your role.
What would be your dream project?
My dream project would be to work on a major television show. I really like the idea of creating this world where you can set the rules and every episode has to follow those rules while still surprising the audience. It’s even more interesting when the series is based of another form of media, like books or comics. It becomes a puzzle: How can I surprise the audience when at least half of them already know X is going to betray Y.
What’s it like going to school in NYC?
Going to school in NYC is extremely rewarding, especially for film. You never know who you might bump into. It’s easy to be out for your morning cup of coffee before class and all of a sudden you find yourself amongst trailers as they're getting ready to shoot some scenes for your favorite drama. The city really is a mecca of culture and inspiration.
Who’s a mentor in your head who inspires you (and why)?
I am inspired by quite a few great directors, producers, cinematographers and writers. Joss Whedon is a really great writer and director. He's able to create these really fantastical worlds and make them seem so real. Emmanuel Lubezki has done some truly amazing cinematography work. His shots in Birdman and The Tree of Life, as well as so many other works, were truly breathtaking. And, of course, there's Orson Welles, who did some really amazing stuff with classic film. It's truly amazing that he was able to make Citizen Kane what it was, especially considering how many different roles he filled. Really, I just try to look at as much work as possible, by all different people. That way they either teach me what I should be doing, what I shouldn't be doing, or giving me inspiration to do something completely different.
What do you carry around daily that captures inspiring moments?
My phone is extremely useful in capturing ideas for me to use later. I have a whole notes section where I just write ideas for scripts or projects as they hit me. If there's a location that I think would be really great for a scene, whether it’s written yet or not, I take a picture of it for later. I also keep a PCM recorder in my bag. You never know when you'll come across the perfect sound to use in future projects.
Where can people connect with you for future projects?
I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Instagram at tkennedy139