When I applied to the BYU Media Arts program I had to make a list of the 10 Most Significant things. Now that I have graduated 2.5 years later I wanted to make a new one and compare the two.
Glee got me through the last few years. It was there for me when I felt very alone. I love that the show isn't afraid to talk about tough or controversial topics. I love the vast array of characters and have grown to care a great deal about all of them.
I have never connected to a character more then Hazel Grace Lancaster from The Fault In Our Stars. She made me feel understood. Even though I was hesitant about the film adaptation, it was everything I wanted it to be. It was a passion project for most of the cast and crew and it really shows. That is the kind of work I want to be apart of.
I watched Fight Club for the first time in my early twenties. When I watch movies at home, I can get distracted easily but not with Fight Club. It sucked me right in even though I already knew how it ended. Every time I see it, it’s like the first time. I love that it's funny, thrilling and technically brilliant while encouraging people to break out of the norm.
Monsters Inc. was the first movie I saw more then once in theaters. It was also the first video I bought with my own money. I laughed, cried, and became invested in their world. The graphics were visually stunning and it made me want to work for Pixar so I could be apart of such amazing story telling.
Napoleon Dynamite was made by college students on a next to nothing budget yet was successful, entertaining, quirky and clean. The fact that BYU students created it helped me realize that BYU might be a good fit for me and that even as a nobody I can make something special to me that may resonate with others.
My first real taste of British television was Sherlock and immediately I fell in love. Every aspect of the show is so well executed. It’s visually stunning while being smart. I love that it doesn’t “dumb things down” for the audience. Even though I have watched a variety of media, Sherlock has originated or conceived things I have never seen before.
I played the first 3 versions of The Sims computer game obsessively while growing up. I loved being able to tell stories by placing characters of my own into worlds of my own. It helped me become more creative and learn more about people and socializing. It was a great way to explore and express myself.
The movie that has influenced me the most is Titanic, which I saw for the first time at age six. I know the whole film by heart and I have done a lot of research into the behind the scenes and historical aspects of the story. So grand, epic and magical to me, it was unlike anything I had seen. I loved the love story between Rose and Jack. It shaped how I look at love.
I spend a good amount of my free time on Tumblr. It's a site were people don’t have to be afraid to be who they are, whatever that is, which is something I really value. From it I’ve gained knowledge and inspiration about everything from politics to art to health. It provides so many new ideas and different points of view. Because of this, it has greatly influenced my life, my values and the way I look at the world.
YouTube has changed the film medium. It has a vast array of content and can be accessed almost anywhere. I love that anyone can participate and become a creator. No matter what I need at the time, whether it’s laughter, learning, inspiration or a good cry I can find it on YouTube.
Cinefix - there are a lot of great film related youtube channels but Cinefix is by far my favorite. They have interesting series where I learn about new films and see old ones in a new way.
Game of Thrones - I probably shouldn’t love this show as much as I do but I can’t help it and I'm not even really sure why. I love big ensemble casts with imperfect characters and intertwined stories. I'm excited to see where they take it.
The Lion King - This was the first movie I remember seeing in theaters and my favorite as a kid. I had Lion King everything! It's so grand and beautiful.
NPR/This American Life - I listen to a lot of podcast but NPR shows (specifically this American life) are my favorite. I love stories and they have such interesting ones. I like thinking and learn about things I wouldn't normally.
The O.C. - it was the first tv show I really got into. Even though it was such a nighttime soap I can't help loving the characters and caring what happens to them. Maybe it's just because I saw it first at a pinnacle age but it holds up. I mean It's no Breaking Bad but it's good for what it is. Seth and Ryan were some of my first big crushes and still are.
(Some) Reality TV - Judge me all you want but there are some reality shows (Survivor, Catfish, Celebrity Apprentice) I really enjoy and learn from. Survivor was the first show I religiously watched. I like them for the same reason I like NPR. Not only do I learn a lot about different people and perspectives but I learn more about myself. Reality and Doc is what I am leaning towards working in.
Mr. Robot - Even though it takes inspiration from many of their classics, show is something different then anything I've seen. It combines so many awesome things and makes something completely new and thought provoking. It is so smart and well done. It is definitely one of those shows that not only deserves a rewatch but get’s better with it.
Taika Waititi - Taika is my spirit animal and such an awesome story teller. 2 of his 4 movies are some of my all time favorites. He has heart and my kind of humor. He is just so happy and fun.
Titanic - it will always have a special place in my heart. I usually watch it at least once a year and have watched dozens of documentaries about the film and real event. Rose is one of my favorite ladies and I always wanted a Jack but haven't found one yet.
Youtube - they have anything and everything. I probably watch more youtube then anything else. I like the short form and variety of content. o many great, smart creators making all sorts of content.