Ethan Seagren - Film and New Media
Ethan Seagren, junior Film and New Media major, discusses working on the Carson Series film "Digs," the Holland computing center, his UCARE project, and the collaborative nature of the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film.
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[00:00:10.345]My name is Ethan Seagren. I'm a junior Film and New Media Major at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, and I'll be graduating in May of 2014.
[00:00:18.930]Being a student at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film has really been an invaluable experience of learning from industry-experienced professionals.
[00:00:28.545]I've had the opportunity to work with Prof. Steve Kolbe through the UCARE program here.
[00:00:33.553]And we've been working with the Holland Computing Center to build a render farm, which is a 6,700 node render cluster that we'll be able to send Maya projects to.
[00:00:44.180]And getting that kind of experience here at the University has just been incredible. I don't know of many other programs that have this kind of opportunity that we have here.
[00:00:54.229]I also had the opportunity this past summer to work on the Carson Series Film "Digs," where I was the second assistant director under a first assistant director who was a professional and who works all the time.
[00:01:06.943]That was a really incredible opportunity to learn from her, and also from Donald Petrie, the director.
[00:01:12.701]And just to have that balance of an academic program being brought in as well with professionals from the industry.
[00:01:21.661]Yeah, I think one thing that's really awesome about the Johnny Carson School is that they really have a desire to make us prepared to enter the industry when we graduate.
[00:01:30.244]And my work with Steve is really helping me. Not only in the visual effects field, which is what I'm hoping to enter after graduation...
[00:01:38.495]...but just gaining all these other experiences - whether it's with coding or working with hardware - stuff that I'll have to know how to do upon graduation.
[00:01:47.596]And that's really preparing me very well, and having that kind of experience under my belt is really invaluable.
[00:01:54.451]Also, with the "Digs" film this past summer, just having the experience of being on a professional set - where we had very strict deadlines we had to meet -
[00:02:03.028]and working in a stressful environment - really gave us something that we can't gain on a regular student film.
[00:02:10.351]Another nice thing about the school is the collaboration available - not only between students in the film and theatre departments, but also students and faculty.
[00:02:19.517]With the UCARE program I'm in, we've had the opportunity to work with the Holland Computing Center staff and build a series of scripts that allow us to send...
[00:02:30.915]...Maya jobs from our server in the Johnny Carson School over to the computing center.
[00:02:37.728]And the collaboration between us and the computing center has just been phenomenal.
[00:02:42.263]We've been able to work with their system administrators to get the hardware and software up and running, as well as get a server node up and running that we can interface with.
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