Lanie Jones, Film and Art, Spring 2019, Expecting to graduate May 2020.

Beginning my journey at the University of Tampa I was unsure what I wanted to do. I came in as a psych major and quickly realized that was not what I wanted to do. I immediately changed my major to my passion: film. Later on I added a minor in art, and finally I was happy with my decisions. At the beginning my skills were underdeveloped, but throughout the years I’ve learned so much from all of my professors.

I would say that my area of weaknesses are in post production effects and more advanced ways of editing, such as audio and visual effects as well as the special effects. I’m currently taking advanced post productions with my advisor and professor, Aaron Walker. The material that we have been learning don’t really seem to be sticking with me, even after all my efforts. Going forward I intend to spend more time to trying to learn and practice the post productions editing and mixing.

Despite my weaknesses, what I’m really proud of is the way that I can use a camera and make a story come to life. For many years I have taken multiple photography classes as well as studio and production classes, which have all helped me grow and learn. The class which really allowed me try new things and express myself through my work was Experimental Filmmaking with Warren Cockerham. I was able to have creative control over my project and was supported the entire way by Warren, although I stressed him out at times with my over the top visions. In the fall of 2019, I am taking another course with Warren; cinematography, where I hope to explore new ways to shoot and film.

Upon graduating, I anticipate working with numerous productions, and being on set to gain more skills and learn more with on hand experiences. Especially being a woman, I would like to follow in the footsteps of the many great film directors of our time and one day I hope to direct and produce my own film and make waves in the film community.