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Briana Gonzales wins MCFC’s Film Student Scholarship

Briana Gonzales, a graduating senior at the Cinematic Arts and Technology program at California State University, Monterey Bay, was named the 2017 winner of a $2,000 scholarship in the Monterey County Film Commission’s Director Emeritus Richard Tyler Film Student Scholarship Award Program. She is a Seaside resident, originally from Porterville, CA.

The Monterey County Film Commission film student scholarship program was created in 2008 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.

Gonzales has a filmmaking career goal, and is focused on stop-motion animation which she feels offers opportunities to be creative and innovative. “It is rigorous work, but rewarding when I see my set and characters come to life,” Gonzales said.  “This award will allow me to invest in equipment and create a more intricate production set and well-constructed characters which would in turn show off my skills to studios and film festivals and help further my career in the art that is stop-motion animation,” Gonzales said.

Contributions to the film commission’s Director Emeritus Richard Tyler Film Student Scholarship Award Program were made by the Craig and Paula Tigerman family, in-kind support from the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and numerous local donors.

“We are pleased to be able to provide this award to Briana, and believe she is a determined filmmaker,” said Jeff Clark, film student scholarship committee chairperson and chair of the board of the Monterey County Film Commission.  “It is our hope that this contribution helps her toward achieving her career goals.”  Donations are welcomed for next year’s program.  For more information call 831-646-0910 or email info@filmmonterey.org.

Monterey’s Summer of Love kicked off with “Monterey Pop” film

In May, the Monterey County Film Commission took nearly 800 movie-goers back in time to the 1967
Monterey International Pop Festival. It happened via a special screening of D.A. Pennebaker’s
documentary Monterey Pop, the ground-breaking film which blended music and film 50 years ago.
Held at Monterey’s historic Golden State Theatre, the event included a talk by Carmel’s professional photographer Tom Gundelfinger O’Neal, who shared behind-the-scenes insights on the festival and those who were capturing its action on film.

Guests wore flowers in their hair, sported I Was There in 1967 badges, and stopped by tables full of Monterey Pop Festival photos, Monterey Herald commemorative books, T-shirts and more in the lobby adorned with neon flower décor. As the theater lights dimmed, the musical icons who appeared at the landmark Monterey Pop Festival back in the day were seen again on the big screen: Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, Mama Cass Elliott, The Who, Ravi Shankar and many more. It was the 1960s and the Summer of Love rocking all over again.

There was a salute to MCFC’s 30th year anniversary, as Monterey’s Mayor Clyde Roberson presented a proclamation to MCFC’s Board President Alán Vasquez, in honor of the film commission’s many
accomplishments in attracting and assisting film productions such as the Big Little Lies HBO limited series and for the $100 million in economic impact that has resulted since the film commission was created by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors.

The film commission also put the spotlight on its 2017 film student scholarship winner Briana Gonzales, who was presented an oversized check for $2,000. She is a graduating senior in the Cinematic Arts and Technology program at California State University, Monterey Bay, planning a career in stop-motion animation.

 

Monterey County Film Commission 2016 Student Scholarship Winners

2016 Student Scholarship Winners
Brianna Beavers and Rose Mercurio 2016 Winners

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.

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.

Monterey County Film Commission 2015 Student Scholarship Winner

2015 Student Scholarship WinnerChelsea 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 CameraAmarillas 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.”

Monterey County Film Commission 2014 Student Scholarship Winner

Monterey County Film Commission 2014 Student Scholarship WinnerJessica 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.”