哈佛大学23岁的校友艾玛·威廉姆斯(艾玛·威廉姆斯)已经准备好了她的一生都在飞行. 她父亲是个飞行员, 她的母亲是一名退休的空姐, 威廉姆斯在生活的不确定性中成长. She was encouraged at an early age to experience all that life has to offer. 威廉姆斯和她的兄弟姐妹, it was always about stepping out of her comfort zone on day one and learning to fly.
威廉姆斯在沃里克长大, 罗德岛州, 格林尼治湾风景如画的小镇, with beaches to the east and a large portion of the town surrounded by water. 她天生是个讲故事的能手, exploring various opportunities to share her unique vision of the world through journalism and film. Two divergent career paths that set Williams on the track to pursue an education where she could study both pathways at the same time.
“参加HPU是我做过的最自发的决定之一, 我还会再做一遍,威廉姆斯说。. “我被录取了 住宿荣誉计划 at HPU, and that opportunity allowed me to study both journalism and filmmaking. Throughout my time at HPU, I’ve had various internship opportunities for both of my majors. 我在视觉和声音制作公司做制片人助理. 我是电通创意的综合制作人实习生, 我在《2023十大网赌靠谱平台》杂志做出版助理. I also was a part of the Women’s Executive 领导 Council at HPU and the president of HPU’s Cinematic Production Club.”
While majoring in both 多媒体 Cinematic Production and Mass Communication with a minor in Screenwriting, Williams found herself interested in Europe and the possibilities she could have while 出国留学. So, in 2022, Williams took the opportunity at HPU to study abroad and went to Barcelona. It became one of the best experiences of her life, opening even more doors as a filmmaker.
“I strongly recommend 出国留学 for anyone who is looking to make lifelong memories, 发现新的边界, 了解你自己, while also experiencing a diverse array of incredible cultures and experiences the world has to offer,威廉姆斯说。. “I visited 14 new cities and nine new countries during my semester abroad. It was a once in a lifetime experience that everyone should venture out on.”
在国外, Williams attended the 75th Annual Cannes Film Festival in Nice as a videographer through the American Pavilion. 再加上一点运气和良好的社交技巧, she was offered a position at filmmaker Rob Reiner’s production company Castle Rock Entertainment. Williams has worked with the production company since June 2022 as a lead development intern.
“我的工作是阅读各种各样的剧本, produce coverage and advise the company on the direction of the story, 还有很多其他的任务,威廉姆斯说。. “I’m so grateful for this foot-in-the-door opportunity as it’s taught me more than I could ever imagined about screenwriting and my own writing as well. It’s led me down a path of discovering which direction I want to head into as I enter the professional filmmaking world.”
When Williams returned to Hawai’i to complete her degrees she started a new film project called Kepeloa. 威廉姆斯是编剧之一, 导演, and editor of the drama/thriller coming-of-age short film sponsored by Sight and Sound Productions.
“With my team consisting of Kamahele Britos and Alaya Call we are able to shoot using industry-level equipment,威廉姆斯说。. “简而言之, 这部电影是一部鬼故事，其实根本不是鬼故事, 而是关于心理健康的. 它讲述了一个有夏威夷血统的小男孩的故事, Kolu, who recently lost his birth parents and is living with a pseudo-religious foster mom, Regina. 随着Kolu在家里的生活每况愈下, 奇怪的事情开始发生在他上面的阁楼上, 他开始了一段旅程，不仅是为了弄清楚发生了什么, 但要记住他的真实身份.”
The 30-minute short film won “Best Creative Award” at HPU’s capstone symposium in 2023 and will also be submitted to film festivals across the country.
Williams graduated from HPU in spring 2023 with two great ambitions: to be a screenwriter and to produce for film and television. 有一天,, she wants to be an executive producer where she can help write and develop the story as well and gain on-set opportunities.
Williams recently returned from competing at the 2023 American Advertising Federation’s NSAC competition in Saint Louis, 密苏里州, where the HPU team built a ground-up advertising campaign for this year’s client Indeed. With her team of three stellar HPU students they placed in the top eight out of 100 schools across the nation and won first place for “Best Market Research Award.” Upon her return, Williams will work as an Associate Producer for Dentsu Creative. She plans to move to Los Angeles in January of 2024 and see all that Hollywood has to offer.
“Most of my success is largely in part of the incredible professors I’ve been so grateful to have had since my first semester at HPU,威廉姆斯说。. “从第一天起, Professor Pete Britos has gone above and beyond to provide impeccable opportunities and learning experiences for his students and has inspired me with my own filmmaking career. 教授的追求, Manzulli教授, Lierheimer教授, and Professor Chuang have also definitely been a huge support system in my journey so far and have guided me to grow into the person I am today.
“HPU gave me the opportunity to study both of my passions in one of the most beautiful places in the world. 这是一个我不能错过的机会. The community here not only cares about you but also finds a way to ensure you are successful in achieving all your dreams. 如果你在HPU付出努力并建立持久的关系, 这将是你做过的最好也是最简单的选择.”
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