Woah, practical applications bro!


If you’re anything like me, there have numerous times when you say to yourself, “This class is never going to benefit me in the real Imageworld, why do I have to take it?” I’ve noticed that the closer one gets to graduation, the more beneficial classes are to real life. This has never been more true than in the last several weeks.

In Mary Erickson’s U.S. Film Industry class a couple weeks ago, we had the opportunity to Skype with a filmmaker named Kelley Baker. He was a humorous guy with an extensive background in narrative and documentary filmmaking, and it dawned on me how excellent of a resource he could be to me.

See, a few weeks back I was contacted by an Italian documentary filmmaker. He is making a documentary about Madonna and needed a videographer to shoot an interview in Langlois, Oregon. He saw the video I made during the PDX Jazz Festival workshop this year and decided I would do.

In the interest of getting the best footage for the upcoming interview, I asked Kelley to give me some tips on interviewing, and he happily obliged. One class helps land me a gig, and another class helps me prepare for the gig. How much more practical does it get?

It’s so exciting to see how one workshop led to a paid job for a real documentary, as well as the opportunity to shoot and edit video for my current internship. None of this would have been possible if I didn’t decide to post that Jazz Festival video on Facebook to be seen by a friend who would then recommend me to the Italian documentarian.

Who knows, maybe the video I make for my internship will begin another chain reaction!

I guess I have two points here:

  1. ImageFind how you can utilize any class/internship/job/creative project to benefit you in the future.
  2. Shamelessly promote anything you do, as long as it’s worth sharing; it might lead to another opportunity.

David Hamernick

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7 Responses to Woah, practical applications bro!

  1. jroger10 says:

    I love it! Who knew, right? I love Dr Erickson, her classes are pretty much the best, most useful about the world (as in not how-to write, report, FinalCut and etc. I recommend her International Media if anyone needs another List B)
    Shamelessly promote! Awesome 🙂 Because it feels weird to us, but really the people who see it love it. Whenever I come across someone else’s project they’re proud of (especially a J-Duck 🙂 it’s usually the shit.
    Congrats on the gig! That’s so exciting and I can’t wait to see it 🙂
    -j

  2. cbuch232 says:

    That was very resourceful of you to ask Kelley Baker for interview tips. He gave us some useful advice that I took home with me as well. I also like your point about shameless promotion. I don’t think anyone should feel shameful for being proud of their own work. Plus, by not promoting, you’re missing out on potential opportunities. That’s so cool that someone saw a project you did for school and thought you were good enough to invest in professionally. Good luck!!

  3. I remember you telling us about this!! Such a cool opportunity and I’m so happy for you David!!

  4. pdxsx says:

    Sweet dude! Way to promote your skills and land some kick-ass opportunities! Love that you are taking advantage of what this program and UO/SOJC has to offer!

  5. kaitlynchock says:

    David, I love the title of this post. Also, I’m super proud of you. You are doing such an amazing job taking advantage of the opportunities our school offers. As Corey said, it was really smart of you to take advantage of Kelly Baker’s guest Skype. Sometimes it can feel awkward asking important people especially when they are strangers for advice and I’m glad that was not a deterrent for you. And yes, keep promoting yourself because you’re doing really cool things! Great post, David.

  6. David, it was so exciting to see you during that Skype call with Kelley! I think we could all tell you were really going to be able to take his advice and benefit from it during your documentary work. It’s SO cool. I can’t wait to get a glimpse of your work. Hey, maybe we can all have a PDXDX movie screening!

    Anyways, the SOJC as a whole is so beneficial and this is a prime example of it. When else would we have the chance to “hangout” with such a well-known filmmaker? Simply amazing.

    Great work, keep it up! 🙂

  7. simonemyers says:

    Wow! That is really cool how that happened for you, David. Many of the guest speakers that our teachers bring in can be great resources, and more of us should use them. Props to you for taking advantage of that opportunity. Good luck with the project!

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