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Pennsylvania State University (Film and Video)
Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus (Master's)
Tufts University, Medford, MA (Master's)
I am a student in Tufts University's Master of Arts in Teaching Program. My area of concentration is English language arts at the secondary level in urban schools. In one year I will have a Masters in teaching English.
Prior to this, I spent the last three years earning my Master of Arts degree in Media Arts, concentration in Screenwriting, at Long Island University – Brooklyn Campus. In the beginning of May 2013 I graduated with a “high pass” for my feature-length comedy script and thesis paper.
As a graduate student I took on the very rewarding tasks of Research and Teaching Assistant at my school and Duke University. I'd quickly add that for my academic research, which spanned two years, I am being acknowledged at length in the opening of my professor's book on international film noir.
By the end of my graduate career I had written over six original scripts, in all genres and formats, which were rigorously critiqued and re-written. In addition to this, I wrote a twenty-four-page paper which was a psychoanalytic examination of the laugh track in the sitcom. I’ve attached it for your review. The work alone has been challenging, but testing it in the classroom at LIU or Duke University’s TIP program has brought it full circle. I recently spent my second summer at Duke University’s TIP program wherein I co-taught a college-level course in Screenwriting in just three weeks. I realize that teaching is something I can’t live without. I hope to continue down this career path for the indefinite future. I am a student in Tufts University's Master of Arts in Teaching Program. My area of concentration is English language arts at the secondary level in urban schools. In one year I will have a Masters in teaching English.
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My understanding of the English language is best displayed by the "high-pass" I received for my feature-length comedy script, entitled "Baby." It's about a vegan chef who falls in love with a pig. In addition to this, I wrote a twenty-four page paper digging deep into psychoanalytic theory in examining the laugh track from the television sitcom. My employment of the standards of the English language has never been tested more.
In terms of my experience with ESL/ESOL students I find that their knowledge of vocabulary never tends to be an issue. Their frustration comes in trying to apply their understanding of grammar and sentence structure with success. They feel themselves limited to very basic sentences despite having very complex thoughts. The best way to address this is by talking through these ideas with a questioning tutor. Strong questions bring about strong answers. When the student begins to formulate complex questions the answers will naturally follow in this way. I have my students listen to the radio several times a week which is a basis for an in-depth conversation about the stories they hear. I use several other techniques in this effort. If a student's concern is something other than this, like pronunciation, writing, or vocabulary I have many lessons and approaches to help them improve their skills in these areas.
Both my undergraduate and graduate degrees are in film. I have taught Screenwriting at the college level two consecutive summers. In addition, I have taught media studies and film studies at the Graduate level. I have been a filmmaker for the last seven years. The duties I have fulfilled on my own sets and the set's of colleagues include: Director, Assistant Director, Script Supervisor, Sound, Director of Photography, etc. In addition to this I am well-versed in final cut pro and have edited many short films using it.
All of my film work, which includes undergraduate and graduate degrees in film and media arts, is predicated on an understanding of the basics of photography. For my Master's in Media Arts I took a lighting course which reviewed, again, all the rules of composition, and how to manipulate the camera in order to achieve specific "looks" which establish mood and space within in the frame. My final project in this course was the meticulous execution of 12 distinctly different "looks" each exhibiting a specific mood and feeling by means of camera technique and lighting technique. Imagine each "look" as if it were a still from a film.
I conducted scholarly research of topics related to Film Noir, Crime Films, and Labor History for Professor Dennis Broe’s upcoming book on International Film Noir. Led weekly discussion group of Graduate class and lectured on topics including Structuralism, Psychoanalysis, Post-Modernism, Third World Cinema, and Auteur Theory. Each topic covered hundreds of pages of reading per week. Also, I am an avid reader of literature.
As the teaching assistant for a media theory course I proofread student papers for analytic accuracy and overall understanding of course concepts. As the teaching assistant for a screenwriting course I assisted in teaching screenwriting format, character, dialogue and narratological elements to 35 gifted high school students over the course of four weeks. I have graded hundreds of student's scripts for the implementation of the mechanics of screenwriting and story structure.
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