Alumni Profiles

Marc Strong

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What media work have you done, or are doing since you left ACC:
I started my own company (Wienot Films) making explanatory videos and doing other film and editing work.
Which Discipline / Major did you persue at ACC:
Other: I already have two degrees, so I came more for the education than anything else.
What classes were your favorite:
All of them! Non-linear editing was my first class in RTF, so it will always hold a special place it my heart. It's where I learned how to use Final Cut Pro.
How would you describe your experience as a student in R-T-F?
The program is great. They let you jump right in. It's definitely hands-on learning.
What would you tell someone who is thinking about studying R-T-F?
If it's your passion, you should do it!
What were your reasons for studying this discipline?
I love filmmaking and storytelling.
What are your aspirations? Do how do you think the courses at ACC R-T-F will help you in your future?
I hope to build my company and expand my service offerings over time. The courses I took definitely helped launch me into this field. I plan to take additional RTF courses to help me build my skills further.
Any other thoughts?
ACC's RTF department is probably the best deal any aspiring filmmaker could find. The courses are amazing, the instructors and TA's are great, and you meet and work with other passionate creatives. Best of all, they don't lock away the equipment. They let you use it to make films! And did I mention the price is a steal!

Laura Good

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What media work have you done, or are doing since you left ACC:

Most recently, producing and directing short films and working in the scripted division of a global television studio.

In addition I have worked in the production office of TV MOWs and shows, and on the set of TV shows such as Eureka and Smallville, and motion pictures such as Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol.

Which Discipline / Major did you persue at ACC:
RTF Associates
What classes were your favorite:
TV Field, Lighting, Screenwriting
How would you describe your experience as a student in R-T-F?
The RTF department at ACC was an extremely supportive environment. Not only was I able to attend class with experienced and knowledgeable professors, but they were also extremely dedicated to helping me reach my goals. I even had professors who met with me during office hours to help me improve my application to the film production program at both the University of British Columbia and Simon Frasier Unitversity in Vancouver. My proffs at ACC really cared about my success.
What would you tell someone who is thinking about studying R-T-F?
Take all of the classes. Even if you think you already understand the material, or you aren't super interested in the subject matter, you will learn something new, and you will get to know your classmates better, which is extremely when it comes time for crewing your film.
What were your reasons for studying this discipline?
I wanted to get a solid foundation so that I could excel in the competitive industry of film and television. I specifically went to ACC to give me the edge to dominate in a four year degree, and to build a portfolio that would be strong enough to gain admittance to a university film program in Vancouver.
What are your aspirations? Do how do you think the courses at ACC R-T-F will help you in your future?

I would like to work as a writer and/or producer on Television dramas. My portfolio from ACC earned me admittance to both of the university film schools to which I applied.

In addition, my courses at ACC gave me such an edge in my university film program that I was able to make literally any film I could dream up, and those works lead to both awards and employment in the industry.

Any other thoughts?
Film Production is one of those things that really takes practice to get it right. The support system you have at ACC in your classmates and professors is extremely important to helping you build a solid foundation. Some of the most thorough and detailed feedback that I have ever received on my work came from professors at the RTF department - they really know their craft.