How I Will Use Films to Improve Society

Scholarship Entrant: Devin from Los Angeles, California
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
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During times of hardship, the film industry thrives. For example in the 1920s during the great depression, the American family sought to escape the harsh realities of their financial situation by taking trips to the movies where tickets and popcorn could be bought for very little money. The same could be said during WWII and Vietnam, the golden and silver age of films.
When combining the escapist element with a universal message or comment on society filmmakers are suddenly endowed with a great responsibility.
Shakespeare said it was the responsibility of the actor to “Hold the mirror up to nature, to show virtue her own nature, scorn her image, and the very age and body of the time its form and pressure.” The same applies to filmmakers. It’s a responsibility to show the audience reflections of themselves on the silver screen.
I want this responsibility. Upon graduating from AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts I plan to start my own film company. The films we make will continuously hold the mirror up to nature and provide quality entertainment. They will be presented at film festivals where we will accrue funding for larger better projects. Eventually, with time and having made money off of my films I would like to reopen the Pacific Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood CA. At this theatre films will be shown at an affordable price thus providing audience members with an easy escape, and hold annual film festivals that will give future filmmakers their opportunity to hold the mirror up to nature.

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