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Monterey County Film Commission Selects Two $1,500 Film Student Winners for 2016

Brianna Beavers and Rose Mercurio, both seniors in the Cinematic Arts and Technology Department at California State University, Monterey Bay, were each named winners of a scholarship in the 2016 Monterey County Film Commission’s Director Emeritus Richard Tyler Film Student Scholarship Award Program.

Both students received a $1,500 check and a framed certificate presented by Jeff Clark, Monterey County Film Commission president and film scholarship chairperson.

Brianna Beavers and Jeff Clark at
CSUMB campus

The Monterey County Film Commission’s scholarship program was created to provide financial aid and incentive to students of film as well as beginning filmmakers who reside in Monterey County or those enrolled in a college or university in the county. The fund was established as a permanent endowment with the Community Foundation for Monterey County.

Beavers, who is from Modesto, will use the award to financially back and help gain exposure for her senior thesis film, “The Call,” in film festivals. She also is working on a new film, “When It Rains,” which she plans to shoot in Monterey County with funds helping ensure enhanced film gear, software and hard drives.

“I was ecstatic when I was informed that I won the Monterey County Film Commission film student scholarship,” Beavers said. “Getting films funded is one of the biggest challenges in the craft of filmmaking and it can be frustrating when you can’t make your film simply because of funding.”

Rose Mercurio receives check and
plaque from Jeff Clark

Mercurio, who grew up in Salinas, has a thesis film called “Grandma’s Card Night,” an animated narrative fiction about the loving relationship between two children and their beloved grandmother.

“I am so thankful to be receiving this scholarship which will help better equip my workspace, making it possible for me to create more animations at a higher caliber of quality,” Mercurio said.

Contributions to the film commission’s Director Emeritus Richard Tyler Film Student Scholarship & Awards Program have been made by the Craig and Paula Tigerman family, Honest Engine Films, Union Bank, in-kind support from the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and numerous local donors.

 

Contributions are welcomed for next year’s program. For more information call 831-646-0910 or email info@filmmonterey.org.

2016 Winner - Brianna Beavers and Rose Mercurio - Press ReleasePDF



Monterey County Film Commission Announces the 2016 Scholarship & Awards Program

Application Deadline: Friday, April 1, 2016 at 5 p.m. (must be postmarked by 4/1/16)

A fund providing financial help and encouragement to the next generation of filmmakers has been established by the Monterey County Film Commission. If you’re a student of film and resident of Monterey County, or if you are currently enrolled in a community college or university in the County, you may apply. The Monterey County Film Commission’s Director Emeritus Richard Tyler Film Student Scholarship Award Program is a permanent endowment with the Community Foundation for Monterey County.

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Monterey County Film Commission Selects Film Student Chelsea Amarillas as $2,000 2015 Scholarship Winner

Jeff Clark MCFC Board President Chelsea Amarillas and Nurten Atila with Union Bank

Jeff Clark MCFC Board President
Chelsea Amarillas and Nurten
Atila with Union Bank

Chelsea Amarillas, a student at California State University, Monterey Bay, was named the winner of a $2,000 scholarship in the 2015 Monterey County Film Commission’s Director Emeritus Richard Tyler Film Student Scholarship & Awards Program. She is a Marina resident and a senior in the Cinematic Arts and Technology Department.

Chelsea Amarillas at camera

Chelsea Amarillas at camera

Amarillas will use the award to help cover costs for her final thesis capstone film, “A Father’s Love.” She describes the story as a dark and enchanting tale that illustrates the importance of family. Filming will be begin in the fall, and she has begun looking for locations in Monterey County, including a Victorian-style house. “The stylization of the film is modern but with Victorian elements, and this award will allow me to achieve the level of quality production design that I had hoped to,” Amarillas said.

“Receiving this scholarship is an honor because I was selected from a group of talented peers, and it is encouraging as a young filmmaker to be recognized and rewarded for the craft that I am just beginning,” Amarillas said. “The award will be of great assistance financially in the production of a film that is near to my heart and one that I am very excited to see come to life.”

Originally from Modesto, Calif., Amarillas has worked on several other productions with her fellow CSUMB film students.

Contributions to the film commission’s Director Emeritus Richard Tyler Film Student Scholarship & Awards Program were made by Union Bank, the Craig and Paula Tigerman family, in-kind support from the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the Monterey Peninsula Foundation’s Charity Match program, and numerous local donors.

Contributions are welcomed for next year’s program, according to Jeff Clark, film student scholarship chairperson and the board president of the Monterey County Film Commission. For more information call 831-646-0910 or email info@filmmonterey.org.

2015 Winner - Chelsea Armarillas - Press ReleasePDF




Monterey County Film Commission Selects Film Student Jessica Moss as $2,000 2014 Scholarship Winner

Jessica Moss, a student at California State University, Monterey Bay, was named the winner of a $2,000 scholarship in the 2014 Monterey County Film Commission’s Director Emeritus Richard Tyler Film Student Scholarship & Awards Program. She is a Marina resident and a senior in the Cinematic Arts Jeff Clark and Jessica Mossand Technology Department at CSUMB.

Jessica will use the award to help cover costs for her final thesis project, “The Maw,” an animated film short. She chose the challenge of an animated film, which entails doing frame by frame traditional animation in addition to digital animation. It requires specialized equipment as well as an extended time commitment.

“With animation, I will be drawing approximately 4,000 frames over the course of two semesters and three summer months,” Moss said. “Thanks to this award I can upgrade equipment, purchase light boxes and more.”

Before coming to CSUMB, Moss attended Modesto Junior College where she earned an Associate’s Degree in Television Production, and produced five film shorts. She is a student assistant at CSUMB where as lead media technician she presents camera and after-effects workshops, and helps students with technical issues. She recently served as director of photography on a fellow student’s short film, “Will-o’-the-Wisp.”

The Craig and Paula Tigerman family, along with numerous local donors, made contributions to the film student scholarship. Donations are welcomed for next year’s program, according to Jeff Clark, the scholarship program chairperson and film commission board member.

2014 Winner - Jessica Moss - Press ReleasePDF



Film Student Nicholas Fryou selected as 2013 winner of the $2,000 Monterey County Film Commission Director Emeritus Richard Tyler Film Student Scholarship Award

Nicholas Fryou Nicholas Fryou, a student at California State University, Monterey Bay, was named the winner of $2,000 in the 2013 Monterey County Film Commission’s Director Emeritus Richard Tyler Film Student Scholarship Award.

Fryou, who is from Aromas, is a senior at California State University, Monterey Bay, majoring in Teledramatic Arts and Technology.  He will use the award for the production expenses of a dramatic Western he plans for his Capstone, a senior film project required as a final thesis film by CSUMB.

“This scholarship will help out tremendously, and will allow me to successfully complete my Capstone project, which in turn will help jumpstart my career in film,” Fryou said. “Ever since I was very young I have had a passion for filmmaking, acting and being around the camera.  It was a fun hobby that has now become a career choice in reach for me.”

2013 Winner - Nicholas Fryou - Press ReleasePDF



2012 MONTEREY COUNTY FILM COMMISSION SELECTS FILM STUDENT JOSEPH BLACKBURN AS $2,000 SCHOLARSHIP WINNER

Nurten Atila with Union Bank hands check to Joey Blackburn

Nurten Atila with Union Bank hands
check to Joey Blackburn

Joseph “Joey” Blackburn, a student at California State University, Monterey Bay, was named the 2012 winner of the $2,000 scholarship in the Monterey County Film Commission’s Film Student Scholarship & Awards Program.

Blackburn, originally from Paso Robles, is a Marina resident and graduating senior at the California State University, Monterey Bay’s Teledramatic Arts and Technology Department.

The scholarship program was created to provide financial aid and incentive to students of film and beginning filmmakers who reside in Monterey County, or who are currently enrolled in a community college or university in the county.  It is designed to help a film student work towards a career goal with funds going directly to the student to be used for Capstone or other film projects.

The Film Student Scholarship & Awards Program was established as a permanent endowment with the Community Foundation for Monterey County.  Its amount was increased this year thanks to private donations and a contribution from the Monterey International Pop Festival Foundation.

The Monterey International Pop Festival Foundation’s director Lou Adler noted that MIPFF’s donation to the scholarship was made “in the same spirit that brought the musicians and artists together in Monterey on the weekend of June 16, 17 and 18, 1967, for the Monterey Pop Festival.”

“The Monterey International Pop Festival Foundation cannot think of a more ideal place to support than where the festival was born and where it continues to live,” Adler said. “An additional incentive for our involvement is the fact that the Monterey County Film Commission is proactively marketing Monterey County as a destination for the motion picture, television and related industries, for the purpose of stimulating economic development, creating jobs, and providing and supporting educational opportunities in these areas.”

“The Monterey County Film Commission is proud to be able to provide this kind of assistance to young filmmakers,” said Jeff Clark, chairperson of the scholarship committee. “These funds provide students with the added dollars they need to take their film from being a good project to becoming a great project.”

2012 Winner - Joey Blackburn - Press ReleasePDF



Monterey County Film Commission Selects Dominic Parisi as $1,000 Film Student Scholarship Winner for 2011

(Monterey, CA – June 1, 2011) -- Dominic Parisi, a student at California State University, Monterey Bay, was named the 2011 winner of a $1,000 scholarship in the Monterey County Film Commission’s Film Student Scholarship & Awards Program. Parisi, who is from Glendora, is a Marina resident who will be a senior this fall in the CSUMB Teledramatic Arts and Technology Department.

The scholarship is funded through individual donations, and by this year’s business sponsor Alan Vasquez, the owner of Alternative Visual Artists Group (AVAG, Inc.), a Monterey area multi-media production company dedicated to keeping the arts alive.

Parisi plans to use the award to help cover costs anticipated for his “capstone” Dominic Parisi on scenefilm production, a creative project the university requires of seniors to demonstrate what they have learned.

“Winning this scholarship will really take a big load off my shoulders, covering certain production costs and allowing me to purchase a specialized camera that will enable more creative shots and insights for my film,” Parisi said. “I strive to inspire social progression through my filmmaking, and in the future I would like to have a career in editing.”

UPDATE Dominic Parisi has recently completed his film titled “Derby”. The short film is about the misconceptions of female roller derby and how the sport has transformed.

derby from Dominic Parisi on Vimeo.

2011 Winner - Dominic Parisi - Press ReleasePDF



2010 Monterey County Film Commission Selects Rachel Asendorf as $1,000 Film Student Scholarship Winner

Rachel Asendorf, a student at California State University, Monterey Bay, was selected as the 2010 recipient of the $1,000 prize in the Monterey County Film Commission Film Student Scholarship and Awards Program. Asendorf is a junior in the Teledramatic Arts and Technology Department.

Rachel Asendorf 2010

Asendorf, a Seaside resident, is putting herself through college, currently working as a news intern in the office of strategic communications at CSUMB, learning how to merge news and technology. She is also a production assistant for the Monterey Teen Film Festival, helping manage media and marketing. Asendorf had her own political talk radio show, “Raving Raven,” focusing on issues such as media influence, and next semester she’ll be hosting the radio show, “Cult Pop.”

2010 Winner - Rachel Asendorf - Press ReleasePDF



2009 Monterey County Film Commission Film Student Scholarship Winner Student Wins $1,000 Prize

Juan Ramirez was selected as the 2009 Juan Ramirezrecipient of the $1,000 award in the Monterey County Film Commission Film Student Scholarship and Awards Program. Ramirez is a recent graduate of California State University, Monterey Bay, where he majored in Teledramatic Arts and Technology.

A Salinas resident, Ramirez had his latest film and senior project, “Letters From Within,” screened at the CSUMB Capstone Film Festival on May 15 at the CSUMB World Theater. The film features the stories and voices of young people within the Salinas juvenile hall. It was co-directed by CSUMB student Steven Sprague.

“Upon working with incarcerated teens I learned the meaning of film and what I can do with it to help make someone’s life better,” Ramirez said. “This experience honestly changed my life and gave me the certainty that documentary filmmaking is what I want to pursue. I want to work on films that bring help, hope, justice and love to people all over the world.”

2009 Winner - Juan Ramirez - Press ReleasePDF



Estée Blancher and Anna Veronica Calvillo were named the first recipients of $500 scholarships in the new Monterey County Film Commission 2008 Film Student Scholarship and Awards Program

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l-to-r Estee Blancher, Alison Eastwood, Clinton Kuska, Anna Veronica Calvillo

Estée Blancher and Anna Veronica Calvillo were named the first recipients of $500 scholarships in the new Monterey County Film Commission Film Student Scholarship and Awards Program. The two are students in the Teledramatic Arts and Technology Department at California State University, Monterey Bay. Blancher's film was created in collaboration with fellow CSUMB student Clinton Kuska.

2008 Winner - Estée Blancher and Anna Veronica Calvillo - Press ReleasePDF



 

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