Students in the current Fall Semester-in-Los Angeles Program recently received a unique opportunity to gain insights into the entire filmmaking process during a day-long workshop at Sony Pictures.
Daniel Mondschain, Executive Director of Physical Production at Sony Pictures, coordinated the “From Pitch-to-Post” workshop along with Jen Jones Donatelli, who is running the OHIO-in-LA Program for the School of Media Arts and Studies.
“This was a fantastic opportunity for our LA-Program students to gain insights into the process,” said Roger Cooper, Director of the OHIO-in-LA Program. “We spent the entire day on the Sony Pictures lot. That, in itself, was pretty cool!”
The first session was “The Pitch and Development” led by Writer/Producer/Director Evan Wasserstrom. Mondschain then led “Development, Prep and Production”, which led student step-by-step through the development and budgeting process.
Following lunch at the Sony Commissary, Jimmy Grace, Vice President of Post Production, led a session focused on budgeting and timelines in post production. Students then toured Post Production Finishing and Post Production Sound facilities on the Sony lot.
Drew McDaniel, Director of the School of Media Arts and Studies, also attended the workshop. “It was a golden opportunity to hear directly from those who make the decisions at Sony Pictures about how they go about evaluating proposed projects and learning about the complex process of budgeting those that they accept,” he said. “I also got goosebumps standing in the hall where music for dozens of my favorite movies had been recorded.”
“Opportunities like this, I believe, set our LA Program apart from other programs in Los Angeles,” said Cooper. “Weekly excursions to production companies and studios give students great opportunities to meet with successful Hollywood professionals.”
The OHIO-in-LA Program provides opportunities to “Learn, Intern, and Experience” the Los Angeles media and entertainment industries. Students also participate in LA-based internships, take classes, and produce a short film. For more information about the OHIO-in-LA Program, contact Roger Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org.