Heather Mooney is a senior at Fairfield University majoring in Film. Mooney has her sights set on directing and producing documentaries and music videos but Fairfield’s film program has prepared her for various careers within the film industry. In the clip below, watch Mooney describe her experience as a film student and how she’s carved her own path in Fairfield’s program.
While Film, Television, and Media, is just one department, the students within the major have very diverse goals within the entertainment industry. The following 5 seniors, like Mooney, have had to work very hard to establish themselves as experts in their respective fields, in a major not many students think of on a daily basis.
Name: Carina Nieto
Major: Film, Television, and Media studies with a minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Why you chose Fairfield’s Film program: I chose Fairfield’s film program because it seemed the most friendly and open to teach me anything I wanted, the proximity to NYC didn’t hurt either! I also saw an opportunity to get to use the equipment right when I started school rather than in my junior year (which is what most film schools do).
Career goals for after Fairfield: Since being here I have worked on a variety of different film projects. The ones that I had the most fun and I felt the most connected to completing are documentary films and television production. After I graduate I would like to work in the documentary industry or in TV production in the future, but I am mainly looking to join a non-profit so that I can repay some of my student loans.
Fairfield’s preparation: Fairfield’s Program helped me mainly through the Production Team. They have taught me so much and provided countless opportunities for me to work on short pieces that I normally wouldn’t be able to.
Name: Alex Mongillo Major: Film, Television, and Media Arts Major with a Theatre Minor
Why you chose Fairfield’s film program: I chose Fairfield’s film program because it provides a broad view of every aspect of production. Coming into school I knew I wanted to do something with film and/or television, but I wasn’t sure specifically what part of it I was interested in most. Other schools required you to have a focus on a certain area, but here at Fairfield I was able to get experience in all parts.
Career goals for after Fairfield: After I graduate I hope to have any position really. Within the film and television industry there’s really no way to get the job you want right away as with most industries, but I would not mind at all being a production assistant. In the end however, I would love to be the executive producer of a television show.
Fairfield’s preparation: Fairfield’s FTM program helped me to prepare for this field by giving me experience in many fields within film and television and pushed me to work hard. Not only do I have a good understanding of production, but also film history, which is something that has influences the films I make now.
What’s one thing you wish other students knew about the FTM program? I wish other students knew how cathartic being a film major is. You work long, hard hours on films you’re making and sometimes it seems like you’ll never get it done, but when you do and you see your creation come to life, you can’t help but feel like you’ve just made a masterpiece. This goes for something that is a minute to a full length short film, something that you were just a production assistant on to something you directed, no matter how long it is or what your job was, you get a huge satisfaction from just knowing you were a part of this amazing final product.
Name: Joann Cowley
Major: Film with a Minor in Creative Writing
Why you chose Fairfield’s Film program: I choose Fairfield’s film program because of the multitude of resources we have and the camaraderie between the students and faculty.
Career goals for after Fairfield: I would love to be able to work in the camera department and work my way up from an Assistant Camera [person] to a Director of Photography (DP).
Fairfield’s preparation: I’m hoping [Fairfield] provided my with the skills necessary to work with a wide range of equipment.
What’s one thing you wish other students knew about the FTM program? That we work very hard to accomplish our goals and that just because we aren’t STEM, doesn’t mean we can’t contribute.
Name: Dewey Browder IV
Major: Film, TV and Media Arts Major
Why you chose Fairfield’s Film program: While looking for colleges in CT (my family moved here in 2012), I discovered Fairfield University’s film program and instantly thought it was something I’d want to be part of.
Career goals for after Fairfield: Although I will be absolutely thrilled to work in any area of film, my end goal is to work my way up to directing/conceptualizing music videos and commercials.
Fairfield’s preparation: The FTM program allows students to explore whatever area of film they desire, which is crucial for developing the skills necessary to succeed. Personally, being able to work on student film shoots and develop projects outside of class was integral to my experience here.
What’s one thing you wish other students knew about the Film program? The insane amount of work actually required to work in film. Especially during Spring Semester, most of our weekends are filled with production work, in addition to the normal Mon-Fri college schedule. But it’s a labor of love and everyone that sticks with it is truly there for the love of film.
Name: Ally Giannini
Major: Film , TV and Media Arts Major
Why you chose Fairfield’s Film program: I chose Fairfield’s film program because of the extremely hands on, well rounded, approach and dedicated faculty.
Career goals for after Fairfield: I don’t know exactly what I want to do after I graduate, but I could see myself working as a writer for a TV show, as an Editor, or as a Producer of either independent films or branded content. My dream is to Direct.
Fairfield’s preparation: Fairfield has given me the opportunity to pursue my interests and get hands on experience in the subject matter that I’m interested in. Through student productions and internships I have a lot of hard skills.
What’s one thing you wish other students knew about the Film program? I wish other students knew that its not an easy major, and that we’re very dedicated to what we do. We give up a lot of nights and weekends to hone our craft and by the time we graduate are experts in a lot of the content we’ve studied. Filmmaking is a science as well as an art, and you have to know a lot about theory as well as equipment to make a great film.