ASU college students with ardour for movie join by student-led organizations

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October 15, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to create changes in lifestyle, work and school, forcing individuals and groups to adapt and work together in ways that they had not previously planned. In the midst of these changes, the New American Film School emerged, which was previously part of the School of Film, Dance and Theater and is now a separate entity.

This new school offers students a number of opportunities, including several student-led groups where members meet regularly to discuss common interests, make plans, and have fun.
Members of Maroon and Gold Entertainment in 2019.
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The student groups at the New American Film School and other student-run film- or film-oriented organizations run by ASU have come to the fore and are currently working to maintain these passions and keep engaging with one another.

The Association of Filmmakers at ASU is primarily a student networking club, as well as presenting projects and other work by ASU film students. In light of the pandemic, her team has worked tirelessly to ensure that students continue to have a platform for new and creative connection opportunities. Their mission is to bring people together and help students no matter what level they are at on their academic film journey. Their goal is to tear down the walls and fears that can come with networking and foster a web of support across the film community.

Serena Hoskyns, a president of the AFA club, said that “(AFA) is like my film family and has been one of the best parts of my time at ASU. This is not just a network, it’s a link in support of people I hope that the community and connectedness we foster continue and usher in the next group of artists and dreamers in the New American Film School. It was truly a gift Just to be part of this journey with so many amazing people. ”

AFA will host their Halloween event on October 23rd at 7:30 p.m., which includes a costume contest, games, and prizes. The group also plans to host a pre-selection event this November.

Hollywood invades Tempe offers students the opportunity to learn from different filmmakers. It typically hosts screenings and offers students a unique blend of ethical training and artistic perspectives by including questions and answers. Just like ASU, Hollywood Invades Tempe believes that it’s not about exclusion, but inclusion.

“I believe Hollywood Invades Tempe gave me the best introduction to the Arizona and California film community,” said President Sedona Saulnier. “I have had unprecedented experience with my teams over the years and I can only hope that those who care about the organization and the film program here at ASU continue the great work we have done here. I want to continue to help nurture creativity and inclusivity in the long run. I sincerely believe that this is my mission as a film student and as a Sun Devil. “

Show: is a script club, a place where scriptwriters can bring their scripts to have them read and get feedback. The club begins with the casting of a script, the handing out of parts and the subsequent reading, during which the actors read their respective lines. After reading, they open the space to everyone for feedback.

“It’s an open dialogue, a conversation between the writer and the audience,” said club president Alex Plaizier. “The hope is that the feedback will help the writer do the rewriting.” Plaizier said, “Being part of Fade In: is like being part of a writer’s guild. We’re here to support you, to help you, and we hope you find people who can help you see your work as a reality. ”

Fade in: has its general meeting on Thursdays at 6 p.m. on Zoom; Links are on both Instagram and SunDevilSync pages. There are several scripts to be read over the next few weeks, and the organizers hope to be able to contact and collaborate with guest speakers in the near future.

Entertainment Business Association is a student organization dedicated to building a diverse community of young professionals who are passionate about the entertainment industry by promoting professional development and celebrating creativity. Members develop entrepreneurial skills as they explore careers in film and television, event planning, performing arts management, branding, and many other areas of entertainment. The EBA offers valuable and extensive experience through professional workshops, industry experience and guest speakers to build a successful community both within ASU and in the industry.

“The Entertainment Business Association has helped me find a home where I can meet like-minded people who are interested in the business and creative side of filmmaking,” said Valeria Valdes, club president. “Through the EBA’s Speaker Series, I met and networked with local professionals whose stories have helped me gain a deeper understanding of the industry, how to continue my professional growth, and the rewards and challenges of a career in entertainment are connected.”

The Association of International Media at ASU aims to promote culture and diversity through film and media. Students can expect to work on documentaries and conduct interviews that show the work and talent of people from around the world. In a bi-weekly segment called “Studio Talk”, group members present special guests with an international background and present the culture / diversity of their guests through music, film, dance or life story. All majors are welcome to work together and promote culture and diversity.

“Being part of AIM is a wonderful opportunity for everyone, regardless of their background, to learn about cultures around the world and use their skills to highlight the diversity of not just the ASU campus but our surrounding communities as well,” said the AIM club officer Shalina Baysan. “The ultimate goal for this club is to connect more with them.”

The usual AIM club meetings take place every Friday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Zoom.

Maroon & Gold Entertainment is a platform on which ASU students can conceive, develop, direct and produce independent films. With MGE, students can create content and get to know the specifics of the industry from pre-production to publication. The club produces three or four short films each semester, and students can learn how to develop and cover scripts, generate ideas, collaborate on set, and market their art. MGE is based on community and connection.

Follow MGE for the latest announcements and club-wide communications Instagram and further Facebook. To receive more detailed updates by email, request to become a member of SunDevilSync.

Connect the dots

The leaders of each of these groundbreaking and highly organized groups meet every two weeks to discuss events and opportunities for mutual support while promoting a sense of unity and inclusivity.

Plaizier explains on behalf of his organization, “I know the big idea is that people can come to Fade In: with their script, you can get it into work and then, for example, take it to Maroon & Gold Entertainment to actually do it to produce. For other clubs like the Entertainment Business Association, Hollywood Invades Tempe and the Association of Filmmakers of the ASU we are supporters and co-workers of their events and activities. Ideas are still being thrown around, but I’d love to see Fade In: co-hosting events with each club. “

Hoskyns of the Association of Filmmakers at ASU concludes: “Each club represents a very different but very important part of the industry. We no longer want to compete, we want to find ways in which we can help and support one another. In the world beyond ASU, we will need each other too, so we want to build and continue that foundation and connectivity now. “

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