Students’ work on film can give them advantage in job market

Cinematic Arts Students

It’s quiet on the set, and student Stephen Cook is busy ensuring that actors in Liberty’s short film, “Paper Football,” have what they need and are ready for action.

Stephen Cook

Cook, a junior in the cinematic arts program, is spending his spring semester working as an assistant to the film’s director, Associate Professor Michael Torres. His role is to shadow Torres in each step of the directing process.

The opportunity, he says, will put him closer to his career goal of becoming a writer/director in the film industry. “Gaining the hands-on experience now of what it's like to work on a film set will put me strides ahead of other film students who have never been on one,” he said.

Cook is one of over 60 students who hold various positions on the film working alongside Liberty professors and a professional crew.

Collaborating with cinematic arts alumni who are working on the film has also been a benefit, Cook stated. Many are currently working in the field, and he sees that as an added plus. “Working with a few of the program's alumni has also been fun and rewarding,” he said. “I've received countless pieces of advice and wisdom from their own experiences. Not only are we seeing them apply their education, but we're gaining connections for the future as well.”

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