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.