Alumni Focus Area Testimonials


For a Concentration in a National Culture
Nicholas Ruhrkraut, Class of 2013
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Nicholas took his Focus Area as an opportunity to cross-examine different cultures having a similar experience of trauma as represented in film. “History plays a pivotal role in the portrayal of events on screen, giving the filmmakers’ ideas and themes a more thorough and realistic meaning.” With a focus on French and Italian cinema, Nicholas studied national responses to the Holocaust, Mafia history, and the larger concept of trauma in French culture via the French New Wave. “Each of these periods delivers images of persecution and objectification of different social groups: women, Jews, prisoners, and Italian-Americans.”

For a Concentration in Screenwriting
Amy Kneepkens, Class of 2015

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“It has always been a dream of mine to write for a living, and combining that with my love of film, screenwriting of course seemed to be the perfect choice for me.” Amy took that early passion and applied it to her focus area at Ohio State. “The four screenwriting courses I have taken...have all taught me useful techniques and business ideals for the industry...These screenwriting courses have also helped me in other Film Studies courses. I excel at analyzing scenes in films whenever it is asked of me, and can identify when a film we are watching used things like ”show don’t tell” or “less is more” in order to further the plot of the story and add well thought out characterization.”

For a Concentration in Video Production
Susannah Haldeman, Class of 2015

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Susannah combined her video production courses and courses like the History of Animation to create her “Animation and Video Production” Focus Area. She plans to take the knowledge from her predecessors she learned in class and apply it to evolving technologies. “For example, one of the performances included Annabelle Moore’s (Whitford) Butterfly Dance (1894), which was a silent B&W film and was later hand-colored tinted to show an advanced knowledge of what color techniques could be applied to celluloid film.  Today, I intend to apply the knowledge of developing my own film along with the changes of technology.  In future projects I can create color changes and other effects instantly using computer programs such as Final Cut Pro X.”