MCC student learns her craft in “real world” classroom
Mott Community College student Tamara Jones-Anderson has her first professional listing on the IMDb (Internet Movie Data Base) and she hasn’t graduated with her degree in Media Arts & Entertainment yet.
Jones-Anderson, of Flint, had an opportunity to work in the Art Department on the film “Ring of Silence” as the Art Production Assistant/Assistant Art Director and Art Direction. She worked with the Director of Cinematography on designing sets, and assisted both the lighting and costume designers.
“I was eventually promoted to set designer while we filmed a scene at a huge mansion,” she said. “I was responsible for, and had full creative control of, designing the scene in the kitchen. It was an awesome opportunity for hands on experience,” she added.
Jones-Anderson worked on the set from the beginning of production Oct. 30 through Nov. 20 when production wrapped up. “I was working 12 to 16 hours days including weekends. I had a blast!’ she said.
“Being able to work on a professional production while still in college is invaluable experience for young filmmakers,” said David Rembiesa, Coordinator for Media Arts & Entertainment Technology in the Fine Arts & Social Sciences Division. "Like Tamara, several of our media arts students have gained valuable experience while in the program, working on film sets that help them pursue a career of working in the motion picture film industry."
"Ring of Silence" is a true story of how human sex trafficking happens in the United States, it premier’s at Flint’s Capitol Theatre Wednesday, Jan. 16. “Ring of Silence” is a feature length film written, directed and produced by mid-Michigan award winning film maker, Nicole Wallace, NBW Films. The story is about the sex trafficking of innocent teenagers, the people they love and the people who betray them. It was filmed on location in multiple Flint-area locations.
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