The 2019 FILMCollective Apprenticeship

In 2019, we launched a new initiative to support the professional development of young women filmmakers, the FILMCollective Apprenticeship. The Female-Inspired and Led Media (FILM) Collective Apprenticeship is a new opportunity for young women filmmakers to gain experience on film sets in Austin, Texas. Selected participants will contribute to local film productions by attending pre-production meetings, shadowing professionals on set, and joining test screenings. In addition, each participant will receive a stipend funded by donations to the nonprofit organization, Moving Image Arts & Education.


Meet the 2019 FILMCollective Apprentices

Samantha Porter - High School Senior

Samantha Porter - High School Senior


LaTanisha Williams - High School Senior

LaTanisha Williams - High School Senior


Frida Lopez-Stern - High School Senior

Frida Lopez-Stern - High School Senior


Bella Rothenflue - High School Senior

Bella Rothenflue - High School Senior


McKala Hansen - High School Senior

McKala Hansen - High School Senior

 
The 2019 FILMCollective with Director Mei Makino!

The 2019 FILMCollective with Director Mei Makino!

 

“I still aspire to be a director and had prior interest in cinematography, but being on this set made me realize that I'd also be interested in production design. In the future, I want my work to correctly represent the black community and the female community and not just depict one stereotype like we see on the screen today. I want to be able to share experiences of what its like to be a black female in America and be able to tell other people's stories as well so that minorities and females can see themselves correctly portrayed in the media. Through film, I want to be able to accomplish these goals as well as raise awareness and omit as much cultural ignorance as I can.”

 

“I wanted to be on the set of a real movie so that I could get a feel of what it would be like to be on a set in the future. I still have my dream of becoming the best DP ever. Learning how every part of the camera and light departments work will be my goal. I plan to attend UH to further my education in filmmaking.”

 

“Ever since I realized I wanted to pursue film as a career, I have been seeking opportunities to add to my film production experience. This apprenticeship interested me because I have never been a part of a professional film crew before. It was eye-opening to see so many different people doing many different jobs simultaneously and being so knowledgeable about their fields.

 

I have loved being on set more than I can even describe. The hurry up and wait hustle and bustle of production is absolutely intoxicating and I want to be able to get as much experience as I can. I also have been on enough sets to see the imbalance of genders and working with hardworking women would be absolutely incredible. I was also excited to work with powerful women for a change. I feel like I got to see a very unique director-DP relationship. I also got to see a new approach to directing that I loved!”

 

“I believe this program will help me learn how to speak up for myself and how to take initiative as a woman in the film industry. I also learned all the responsibilities of a script supervisor and how much collaboration there is between each department on set. I was taught how to mark up a script and everything I need to keep track of as a script supervisor while on set.”

 
This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.