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Student follows dream of working in cinematography

By Mbololwa Mundia
On April 6, 2017

Liberal Arts major Paige Gerjets was one of this years recipients of the Outstanding Student award. 

Gerjets said she is passionate about filmmaking and is planning for a career in cinematography. “I like making boring things interesting, specifically b-roll,” she said.  

She added, “I would like to work behind the scenes and the job includes diversity so you're not doing the same thing everything.”

Gerjets said being named an Outstanding Student means, “going above and beyond what is necessary, putting all your effort, coming in before and after class.”

She added, “To be an Outstanding Student at Kirkwood means working whenever everybody else has gone home.” 

Gerjets mentioned she liked the small class sizes and the ability to walk everywhere that Kirkwood provides. “The teachers really care about you and when I have a break I just walk around campus,” she said. 

One of Gerjet’s favorite memories from Kirkwood is participating in a film contest for Kirkwood Student Productions (KSP). “ We had three days to make a short film and I won a gift card,” Gerjets said. “ It was fun, because we had to write and edit, plus since we got to pick what we wanted do it was fun to see how much effort we put into it.” 

Gerjets said she has many influences in her life, including her parents who taught her important life lessons. She said her mom taught her to always treat people nicely and don’t underestimate people. And, she added that her dad taught her that everybody deserves respect. 

Gerjets said KSP Advisor Randy Langel has also been an influence during her time at Kirkwood. “He creates a positive environment to work in,” she said.  

One of her other influences is Director Wes Anderson. “The amount of effort he puts in the his background of each frame is like a piece of art and is inspiring how much effort he puts in for a shot,” she said.  

Gerjets concluded with how a perspective class in high school really opened her eyes to her career path. “We had to make a short documentary and loved it. I never thought I could do writing, editing and filming.”

She added, “I didn’t think it was possible and too big for me, so thank you Dr. Ayers.”

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