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.
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.
“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.