Whether in New York City or Vancouver, British Columbia, Calvin media production grads are working in the field. In an industry that demands professionalism and experience, these students felt prepared for life after graduation.
CURRENT GIG: co-owns her own New York-based film production company, Bicephaly Pictures, which does cinematography for music videos, fashion videos and documentaries.
CALVIN HIGHLIGHT: her short film, Product Placement, was featured at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival
HOW CALVIN MEDIA PRODUCTION PREPARED HER FOR HER CAREER: “It gave me a strong foundation and covered all aspects of filmmaking and, from there, helped me figure out what I specifically wanted to do.”
CURRENT GIG: editor for Coolfire Originals, working on projects for networks such as Discovery, Lifetime, Travel, Nickelodeon, OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) and others
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Won a Mid-America Emmy in 2011 for his work on a public service announcement for Gateway 180, a homeless shelter in St. Louis, Mo.
Shot and edited the pitch tape, or trailer, that launched Welcome to Sweetie Pies, a reality show about a popular soul-food restaurant in downtown St. Louis. The pitch tape made its way to Oprah Winfrey, who bought the show.
CURRENT GIG: working as a production coordinator on A&E’s show Intervention
HOW CALVIN MEDIA PRODUCTION PREPARED HER FOR HER JOB: pressure to keep deadlines
WHY SHE LOVED CALVIN’S MEDIA PRODUCTION PROGRAM: “I don’t know anywhere else in the world where the professors care so much about you.”
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CURRENT GIG: working as a videographer and editor at Wycliffe Bible Translators, producing promotional videos
WHY MEDIA PRODUCTION AT CALVIN? “The staff and professors are great teachers and friends to the students.”
FAVORITE CALVIN MEDIA PRODUCTION MEMORY: working on “ambitious, crazy” projects like the Rock Paper Scissors tournament and the award-winning Calvin LipDub.
CURRENT GIG: PR/media manager at mycreditspecialist.com in New York City
CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Interning for Comedy Central and Celebrity Café, where she had a column called Bad Movie Night
DREAM JOB: writing for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
CURRENT GIG: Working at FIAT USA in advertising and social media marketing. Assisted in managing film shoots in LA and Mexico for the FIAT music video, Get Ready, and manages FIAT Source, the brand’s iPad app.
HOW CALVIN MEDIA PRODUCTION PREPARED HIM FOR HIS CAREER: “FIAT relies on me to make educated decisions based on my understanding of our target and overall market strategy. This attention to detail and functional understanding of what good advertising is has been one of the most beneficial things Calvin media production equipped me with.”
CURRENT GIG: living in Ecuador, pursuing her dream to make documentary films
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Working for Simplebulldog Studio writing, directing and editing short films to be used in ministry around the world. Last year Debbie worked in Egypt, Central Asia, Armenia, Kenya and Australia working on films and leading film training schools.
WHY SHE LOVED MEDIA PRODUCTION AT CALVIN: “We were immersed in all areas of pre-production, production and post-production. In the real world, we’re asked to work on any of these areas, so it’s good to get exposure to them.”
CURRENT GIG: working as an ad buyer for OMD International, managing Frito Lay’s advertising account
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: worked as an intern with the Detroit Lions after graduating from Calvin
ON MEDIA PRODUCTION AT CALVIN: “You go to Calvin College to gain a deep understanding of why you’re filming something in a certain way. And beyond just the film, to be able to build stories and learn the finer aspects of film is something you couldn’t get from a technical school.”
CURRENT GIG: Teck Resources in Vancouver, British Columbia where she manages the mining company’s video and other digital library items
CALVIN HIGHLIGHT: produced the multiple-award-winning Calvin LipDub