Editor’s note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable Fall 2021 alumni.
The student narrator begins his or her next chapter in that semester.
Conor Newton, who graduated this month with a degree in film and media production, feels ready to enter the entertainment industry after an impressive academic and professional experience in his job as a working student as a videographer for Student life at Arizona State UniversityA news website run by students and for students through it Arizona State University Education and Student Services.
“Working with Student Life has been amazing. It helped me grow a lot during my time at ASU. My boss, Macy, taught me probably over 90% of the video creation and editing knowledge I’ve collected.” “I feel ready to enter any collaborative work environment from now on, and I also feel that I have confidence in my video skills in general.”
Newton, who is from Phoenix, said that the community he built is in his job and also in Sun Devil Roundnet The club helped him form lasting relationships.
The community of other working students has made the job even more of a blessing. Whether they were videographers, photographers or other writers, the other Sun Devil storytellers were all very passionate about their work. It was a great experience to be surrounded by like-minded students who want to create media and tell stories. …also, my fellow student life have become my closest friends, the people I feel vulnerable with and talk to about anything. I hope to maintain many of these relationships after graduation.”
One of Newton’s favorite projects of his time at ASU Student Life was ASU Haunted Series, which explores various scary rumors around each campus at Arizona State University. It was an interesting collaboration with the Student Life newsroom and also taught Newton some additional skills.
Video of Haunted ASU: Polytechnic Campus
“It was probably the biggest and most time consuming project I worked on, but it was very rewarding when I completed it. I learned a lot of new skills, like how to create an introductory drawing. I also enjoyed the collaborative aspect of the project, and it helped me hone my creative skills in a narrative stories.
In addition to his videography and video editing work, Newton also helped ASU students tell their own stories at the Digital Creative Studio in the Memorial Union’s basement, where ASU Student Life staff members work and are available to help other Sun Devils make their own stories. Media projects. Newton also worked as a producer on several graduation films at the Herberger Institute of Design and his Art Colleagues and was Sun Devil Children’s Camp Adviser; He also volunteered at the Phoenix Film Festival and the Arizona Youth Ballet.
As he prepared to graduate, Newton thought about his time at Arizona State University and shared his tips with fellow Demons.
Question: What was the “aha” moment when you realized you wanted to study the field you majored in?
Answer: In high school I went to prescreen for “Terminator: Genisys”. I went with my mom, and we got a very early version of the movie where they haven’t completed a lot of aspects of post-production yet, like special effects, sound or music.
I thought it was really cool because we were able to watch the movie while the work was in progress. I basically got to see what they were striving to achieve, and it was like peeking into the filmmaking process. I started going to a lot of movie shows and decided I wanted to study film soon after that.
Q: What did you learn while at ASU — in class or otherwise — that surprised you or changed your perspective?
a: One of the things that I realized was how lucky all of us ASU students were to be able to get into college. I went to a private Catholic high school, where 99% of the students attended college, so I assumed that was the norm. After speaking to my colleagues at ASU, I realized that many of them are from smaller towns or communities where only a few students go to college each year.
Q: Why did you choose Arizona State University?
a: To be honest, I chose ASU because it was the cheapest. Not the most awesome answer, but it’s basically free for me to go here.
Q: Which professor taught you the most important lesson while you were at ASU?
a: Mr Gregory Bernstein She taught me a lesson about simplicity. He said that a lot of the time in high school or in our lives we just learn that writing more complex or using bigger words is a sign of intelligence and education.
However, it is often better to use simple words and sentences that convey the meaning more clearly. I think this tip helped me become a much better communicator in general.
Q: What is the best advice you would give to those still in school?
a: My advice to other students is to do your best in everything you do. If you choose to do something, check out this option and see it all. Commitment is important in reaching any goal in life. The intrinsic reward of achieving something you stuck with during difficult times is immeasurable.
Q: What is your favorite place on campus, whether to study, meet friends, or just think about life?
a: My go-to site has always been the second floor of SDFC (Sun Devil Fitness Complex). One rarely gets up there, so I’ve used it countless times to study. It’s also a great place to work out if you don’t want to be surrounded by gym addicts.
Q: What are your plans after graduation?
a: I am now applying for jobs in the entertainment industry. I focus on jobs in nature-related companies like National Geographic or producer positions within smaller companies. I also have a video production company called GecoStudios, which focuses on creating video content for Valley companies.
Q: If someone gave you $40 million to solve one problem on our planet, what would you do?
a: This may be controversial, but I will touch on the issue of immigration. Many of my friends or their families were or did not have documents and had little or no access to documents.
my best friend is DACA student He had never met his grandparents in Mexico for fear of not being able to return to the United States. I would like to help people like him obtain citizenship and lobby for a policy change to allow this process to be easier for future immigrants.