If you made it to the 2015 Twin Cities Film Fest (TCFF), it’s likely that you saw video crews shooting filmmakers on the red carpet or taping feature interviews with attending filmmakers. Students from IPR’s Digital Video and Media Production program were hard at work for the run of the festival, serving as crew on the video shoots.
IPR is an educational sponsor for TCFF, and part of the sponsorship agreement is a commitment from the festival to provide opportunities for IPR students to work with professional film crews and meet the visiting filmmakers. Muriel Knudson, Jesse Rubelke, Robyn Ehrlich, Joe Hegle, Dereck Forsmark, Jorge Fuentes, Isaiah Canfield, and Bryan Condon all volunteered to work, both before and during the festival.
“The best thing was getting some good experience under my belt,” remarked second term DVMP student Isaiah Canfield. “And I networked with a casting director.”
High School Advantage student Robyn Ehrlich told us that her favorite part of the experience was meeting other filmmakers. The future IPR digital video student was able to meet “some freelance videographers, some students, and some people who have directed their own independent work.”
Experiences like this one fit perfectly with the goals of IPR and its digital video program. IPR is committed to getting students into the professional community, so that when they graduate, they have much more than a degree, they have a long list of credits and accomplishments and strong professional network established.
“The best part was being surrounded by people who love film just as much as I do,” reported Muriel Knudson, also in her second term at IPR as a digital video student. “I learned – from talking to writers – that it takes many tries to master what you’re working on, so it’s okay to get frustrated during the process.”
“It was really cool that they let me actually shoot a couple of the [red carpet] interviews – in order to get some hands-on experience” added Ehrlich.