First Backpack to Briefcase Event -
Screen Real: October 19, 2009
What does alternative culture
have in common with international documentaries and reality TV?
A student and alumni career panel and screening
to help undergraduate students learn about career
opportunities in film and entertainment, and develop networking skills
necessary for business success.
to provide alumni with the opportunity to interact with
students, revisit their alma mater, and share their stories of
navigating the professional world.
Filmmaker and writer
with a focus on alternative and dissent culture
Comic Book Confidential
James Cullingham (late cancellation,
did not attend):
Educator, documentary filmmaker and seasoned
Lessons in Fear
President of Antica
Productions and Executive Producer of reality TV programs Canada's Next Great Prime Minister, Dragons' Den
Cinema Studies Institute
Topics of discussion:
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What are the most important skills someone needs for
What avenues did the guest speaker explore to find job
openings in his field?
What kind of experience is needed to obtain an
In what ways did the speakers' education contribute to
What academic courses do the alumni find most relevant
to their day-to-day work?
How important is it to know someone in the industry?
What should each student be doing right now to prepare
him or her for this career path (part-time jobs, journals and websites,
associations, professional training, volunteering, etc.)?
What are the things that are personally rewarding in
What is a typical workday like for each of the guest
What was the most surprising part of the transition from
university to work?
What do the guest speakers see as the biggest challenges
new graduates face when they enter the industry?
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