STORIES 2018-01-17T20:28:26+00:00
  • Smu film alumni

    The Technical Skills That Film Alum Chris Tonick Learned at SMU Meadows Got Him His First Job

    Film alum talks effects, editing and SMU by Hollis Byram (B.A. Public Relations & Strategic Communication and B.A. French ’18) Chris Tonick might not be a household name yet, but the movies he’s worked on certainly are. His résumé includes titles such as Straight Outta Compton (2015), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), The Shallows (2016) and several other popular films and television shows. As a 2005 film graduate of SMU and a sought-after editor in L.A., he knows a thing or two about what it takes to make it in film. He has worked his way up in Hollywood and serves as proof that achieving the dream is possible. He used the expansive film history knowledge and hands-on experience gained from his time at Meadows to secure positions on some of the most impressive teams in the industry.

The Technical Skills That Film Alum Chris Tonick Learned at SMU Meadows Got Him His First Job

Film alum talks effects, editing and SMU by Hollis Byram (B.A. Public Relations & Strategic Communication and B.A. French ’18) Chris Tonick might not be a household name yet, but the movies he’s worked on certainly are. His résumé includes titles such as Straight Outta Compton (2015), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), The Shallows (2016) and several other popular films and television shows. As a 2005 film graduate of SMU and a sought-after editor in L.A., he knows a thing or two about what it takes to make it in film. He has worked his way up in Hollywood and serves as proof that achieving the dream is possible. He used the expansive film history knowledge and hands-on experience gained from his time at Meadows to secure positions on some of the most impressive teams in the industry.

May 16, 2018|

SMU Film and Media Studies Alum Lauren Hadaway Doesn’t Settle

by Hollis Byram (B.A. Public Relations & Strategic Communication and B.A. French ’18) SMU film alumna Lauren Hadaway’s résumé is impressive. Since graduating from Meadows in 2011 she has made a name for herself in Hollywood as a sound editor, working with remarkable teams on movies such as Justice League (2017), Warcraft: The Beginning (2016), The Hateful Eight (2015) and several other popular films.  After arriving in Los Angeles shortly after graduation, the award-winning alum worked hard, set goals and never settled.

May 16, 2018|

“Welcome to Night Vale”: SMU Film Grad Student Examines Hit Podcast at 2018 Southwest Popular/American Culture Conference

Fans can’t get enough of podcast, novels, live shows and more  At the 39th annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) Conference held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 7-10, graduate film student Alec Petsche (M.A. May 2018) presented a paper on a hot new phenomenon. Titled “Welcome to Night Vale” as Consumable Paratext, his paper explored the unexpected and unconventional success of the “Welcome to Night Vale” podcast. The series, produced twice a month by Night Vale Presents and available online, provides community updates for the fictional small desert town of Night Vale, featuring “local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.” The podcast has become an international hit.

February 21, 2018|

Film Festival Do’s and Don’ts from SMU Alumni

Getting ready to submit your film to festivals? Alumna Amanda Presmyk (B.A. Film & Media Arts and B.A. Journalism ’14), VP of production at Cinestate and director of operations for the Oak Cliff Film Festival, has some tips for you. Presmyk has six years of experience in feature, television and commercial producing. Now in her fourth year with the Oak Cliff Film Festival, she offers a few film festival do’s and don’ts to help you get ready to submit your film: DON’T just submit to whatever film festivals pop up on FilmFreeway or have cheap submission rates. The “spray and pray” method is the wrong approach and will burn through your submissions budget quickly and ineffectively. 

January 24, 2018|

Ready to Submit to Festivals? SMU Film Alum Sarah Harris Has Advice

Ready to submit your film? Film programmer Sarah Harris (’05) on researching festivals. Tip: make plans before you shoot your next film. Thinking about getting your film onto the big screen? According to Sarah Harris, professional film programmer for five festivals, your chances of getting accepted to film festivals go up when you research them before you submit your film. Not all festivals are the same, she says, and their differences matter. Does the festival specialize in horror, family, LGBTQ or other genre-specific topics? 

January 24, 2018|

How One SMU Film Alum Learned to Get Films Into Festivals

Film programmer Sarah Harris (’05) says channel your artistic voice and leave the movie clichés behind  With 12 years of experience deciding which films are accepted to film festivals, professional film programmer and Meadows alumna Sarah Harris (B.A. Cinema-Television ’05) is the queen of screen. Harris has assessed thousands of shorts, documentaries and features, searching for films that have “that extra something” for the big screen in a wide variety of festivals.  

January 24, 2018|