Rebekah Grey aspired to write and produce her own film. Faculty in the Department of English gave her the confidence to do so. With the help of 60+ volunteers, her dream became reality. Learn more about her short film, Blue Jay, below.
A Conversation with Rebekah
Can you tell us about your film?
“Blue Jay is a short film about a year of human life – the year 2018. It combines various cinematography styles and is a hybrid of documentary and music video formats. The project started with a 26-page narrative script but changed dramatically throughout production. The 60+ cast and crew and 5 departments involved were all volunteers, and I could not have done this without them.”
What are your career goals and how does your degree program fit into your career goals?
“I’m an aspiring filmmaker, a job which requires a lot of various skills. The English program taught me how to build stories and communicate ideas well, two things that are crucial in my career. I also studied film analysis in the English program under Dr. Gerald Duchovnay, learning how films are made and how they impact and reflect society.”
What professor or person on campus has positively influenced you? How so?
“Dr. Mario Hayek has connected me with countless people who are helping me jumpstart my career. I’ve worked with him and other students to build Venture College, an entrepreneurship initiative, from the ground up. The program has done so much to broaden horizons for students, including myself. Dr. Hayek put me in contact with people who have been down my path and guided me to success.”
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