Today, I am going to write about who I am and how I got to be where I am today. I am a Producer and I am an Editor…. I am an Independent Filmmaker.
For as long as I could remember, I always said I wanted to be a Filmmaker, but specifically, I wanted to be an editor. I was a senior in High School when I created my first ever project. I was in an awesome after-school program created by Maggie Daley called Gallery 37. It was here that I learned everything about production, and I created a projected called “Her Name Was Isabella.” I wrote it, directed it, and edited it. When editing this project, I was in a fancy suite with multiple monitors and an editing keyboard and I could really picture that for myself in the future.
Off I went to DePaul University, where I majored in Digital Cinema and I was concentrating in Film Production. In the end, I ended up with a degree in Digital Cinema with a concentration in TV Production. While in college I worked for the College of Communication and its broadcasting of the show Good Day DePaul. I loved editing and that is what I knew I wanted to pursue in a career out of college.
Once I graduated college in 2016, I seemed to have lost my inspiration, motivation, and probably even my confidence. The bright light that once shined had dimmed and I was stuck in a rut. Naturally, I did everything I could to get myself out of the hole of negativity I was sitting in. I left my part-time job where my boss had emotionally drained me of all inspirations, motivation, and confidence.
In the summer of 2017, I decided to take things into my own hands. I had just started a new job that was not related to anything in production, but it was easy, full time, and with unlimited vacation days. On a whim, I decided to sign up for the 48 Hour Film Project with a few friends. In August we spend 48 hours together writing filming and editing a project. Mite was created in that weekend and I was so proud of the project as a whole. My team was amazing and the finished project was just everything I hoped for it to be. In September, the projects were screened and MITE was screened at the best of Chicago screening and we had won a runner up audience award.
I was definitely on a high from the whole experience so as a team we decided to participate in the 4 Point Film Project. We created FLITE for this competition and we are super proud of our work even though we did not make the cut to win any awards.
2018 and early 2019 was definitely something! In the beginning I thought I knew in what direction I wanted to go in, however, things didn’t pan out as planned. I spent the rest of the year really focusing on finding a job in production, and in August I finally found my new home. I relaunched YUPP as a personal blog and finally finished up my Work page to showcase the work I have worked on.
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