Thirty-one graduates of the School of Filmmaking Class of 2005 arrived in Los Angeles after Commencement for a jam-packed week of panel discussions, meetings, tours, and screenings. All of the students got an up-close-and-personal look at the realities of the filmmaking industry.
Students had the opportunity to participate in many different panels including “Creative Producers,” “Agents, Managers & Attorneys,” “Writers Guild of America,” “Acquisitions & Distributions,” “Television,” and “Sundance Film Festival Programmers.” They visited the Directors Guild of America, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Laser Pacific, IMAX, FotoKem, Panavision, the ASC, and New Deal Studios just to name a few. In addition, several NCSA film alumni participated in a discussion about their careers and the industry as they see it.
The highlight of the week was on June 1, when selected Fourth-Year student films made their LA premiere at the Directors Guild. A reception followed, giving the students the opportunity to meet and talk with many industry professionals. These contacts were key in many NCSA graduates securing employment in the filmmaking industry.
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc., of Winston-Salem underwrote the senior screenings for the fifth year in a row. The generous grant also provided airfare and hotel accommodations for 20 of the NCSA film graduates, who were selected to receive merit-based scholarships as Krispy Kreme Scholars.