Film producer AJ Edmonds paid a visit to campus to share her insights in the film industry and to visit with video production students on Thursday, Jan. 19.
Edmonds spends her time working in both Toronto, at Blackout Media, and Los Angeles creating and producing movies “with an edge.” While on campus, she spoke with two production classes and met with the student group Athens Video Works (AVW) Productions, an entirely student-run video production house at Ohio University, to learn about their day-to-day operations.
While talking to students in Associate Professor Brian Plow’s video production basics class Edmonds shared that “Filmmaking is all about storytelling. People crave stories. As a producer, I enjoy being able to speak to people, no matter their language.”
Edmonds also visited an advanced narrative production course, taught by Associate Professor Frederick Lewis, where students work in production teams to make large-scale narrative films. In the class students reported on the status of their narrative film projects.
“Brian and Frederick’s courses are very honest classes about working in film and post production and production,” said Edmonds. “The item-by-item and department-by-department tasks Frederick teaches are things I wish all my crew members knew stepping onto a set. It is no shock to me that so many OHIO alumni work in Los Angeles successfully after watching students present their progress on their final film. They are so well prepared.”
Last summer the School of Media Arts & Studies built a brand-new lab space, the Schoonover Sound Post-Production & Listening Lab, that allows students to create and listen to sound in an acoustically pristine environment and have the capability for state-of-the-art audio post production for moving images, including film. The lab also features a Foley room that includes nine Foley pits and various props used to create sound effects for film.
“The Foley space is unlike anything I have seen in a school - that whole audio post production space was unreal,” said Edmonds. “I am very envious of students who are getting the opportunity to learn in that room!”
To learn more about Edmonds, visit http://blackoutmedia.ca/ or see “Lariat,” a recent film from the 48-hour Film Project.
Original article published here by Claire Berlin. Article photo by Jorge Castillo Castro.