For Mike, the ability to directly affect an audience’s feelings is what inspired him to enrol in Humber’s Film and Media Production degree program
“As a filmmaker, you have a powerful influence over someone’s emotions and state of mind. I think that’s the most appealing to me – getting an artistic message across in a way that’s fully absorbing. I knew Humber could help me do that – take the vision in my head and actually translate it into film.”
Mike was a teenager and a huge fan of 2001: A Space Odyssey when he decided he wanted to make movies as a career. And although he appreciated the artistry in his favourite flicks, he knew that it would take more than just theory to give him the skills and confidence he needed to one day have a successful career as a filmmaker.
“Humber teaches a good mix of theory and technical skills, which prepares you to speak intellectually about your subject and then execute what you’re talking about.”
Part of Humber’s appeal for Mike is the well-connected faculty, many of whom continue to work in the film industry and incorporate their real-world knowledge into their classes.
“They know the current trends, they know exactly what’s happening in the community, and they can teach it so we’re prepared to work as soon as we’re done, whether it’s editing or production. We use a state-of-the-art facility, and they teach us about the latest cameras, the newest software, and the most up-to-date equipment.”
Mike says the projects he’s worked on in class have given him a solid understanding of how filmmaking works.
“When you get into the program, you get to work on projects right away, and that really helps once you graduate. We’ll able to be a grip, shoot, edit, do sound design, screenwriting, directing – pretty much any film job on- or off-set.”