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John Shealy, 22

In just four years, John Shealy has nurtured the Silverscreen Film Festival into a nearly three-hour event that featured 27 films from Boston to San Diego. “It started out as an opportunity for filmmakers on MU campus to showcase their work because of the absence of a film studies major,” Shealy says.

Film studies became an official major in 2010, and increased access to affordable equipment continues to deepen the pool of filmmakers. “Filmmakers now have beyond access to cameras, to computers, to professional editing software,” Shealy says. “You used to have to buy a huge over-the-shoulder camera and all these lights and editing equipment. That cost has gone down exponentially.”

Shealy hopes to benefit from this trend. After graduation, he’s headed to Hollywood to pursue a career in talent management. “For me, that means more clients to rep. That means more people getting into the field. More movies, more actors, more cinematographers. More positions to fill in general.” Back to Millennials


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