Lauren Blunk - Technical Theatre and Design
Current student Lauren Blunk talks about her experiences in the recently renovated Temple Building, her work on "Digs," and about the wide variety of skills she has developed while studying in the Carson School.
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[00:00:04.949]My name is Lauren Blunk. I'm graduating with a degree in Technical Theatre and Design from the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film.
[00:00:11.915]I will be graduating in May of 2013.
[00:00:14.850]Johnny Carson and the Foundation have given me a great opportunity, and that is that they have expanded the facility here at the Temple Building where all of the theatre and film happens.
[00:00:28.416]And it's allowed us to have a great space to work in these environments that we are thrown into on a monthly basis.
[00:00:36.733]We are able to build sets; we are able to get new lighting equipment all the time; we are able to keep up with just the overall status that we need to in order to produce really good products.
[00:00:49.183]My overall experience with the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film is that I've gotten to do a lot of things - things that I hadn't even dreamed that I would even do.
[00:00:58.133]For instance, I got to work in the shop several times. I can successfully say I can probably build a house at this point.
[00:01:04.383]I really have enjoyed, though, the experience that I've gotten here because it gave me a lot of tools that I can use in the creative world.
[00:01:11.733]That's what's so great about the tech and design major, is that I have learned to draft, and I've learned to work on auto-cad, and I've learned to hand draft,
[00:01:20.799]... and I've learned about painting and renderings and color and line and shape and form - so I can take these creative ideas and I can put them forth in other ways.
[00:01:30.400]I've even worked on a couple student films, including the one "Digs," which is a big production - we bring all the theatre and film students together.
[00:01:37.517]Film work, where I work on sets and things. I've built sets, painted them, and also done set decoration for them, and pulling furniture.
[00:01:46.484]For "Digs" I worked in the set decoration, primarily, which is under the art department.
[00:01:52.900]So what we did was: we would go to locations, we'd scout them out, we'd take a look at what there was that we needed to fix or alter,
[00:02:01.368]...as well as what we need to bring in ourselves to make the space look good for what we were... what the intention was behind the scene of the shot.
[00:02:10.732]So for instance, there was a fraternity house that we had to change over and completely make it look trashed - like there was a big toga party in the front yard.
[00:02:21.570]So, we collaborated with a bunch of random things from our attic and from our stock that we had.
[00:02:27.017]So I got to really work with a lot of people, and making sure that shot by shot it was perfect.
[00:02:34.267]Because in the editing world it's complicated and hard to match everything up right, so it was my job to make sure that things didn't fall out of place.
[00:02:44.351]So if somebody - for instance there was a dig site that we had to deal with and there was a skull, which is the smilodon skull, which is the main hero prop, as they call it.
[00:02:53.600]And somebody rips it out of the ground, and we had to take several shots of it,
[00:02:57.482]...so I had to place it back in the ground, and make it look impacted in the ground like it had been living there for thousands of years.
[00:03:04.850]Especially here at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film you will get a great education, and you will learn a ton of things that will actually help you and propel you in the real world.
[00:03:13.933]So you're going to get a great education, and you're going to be able to apply it to most any creative aspect in the world.
[00:03:21.880]There are definitely opportunities out there for you, and you should take the plunge.
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