Archive for the ‘Alumni Profile’ Category

Katherine Bonaccorso

Posted on: March 4th, 2016 by Jenna Maurice

After graduation Katie moved to Los Angeles where she worked for comedian Max Amini as well as doing market research for upcoming films at Screen Engine LLC and freelancing as a production assistant.
Currently she works for TMZ as a guest coordinator on TMZ Live, putting viewers from home and celebrities on the show via Skype & Facetime.

Emma Nitz

Posted on: January 29th, 2016 by Jenna Maurice

Emma Nitz is a freelance screenwriter based in Nashville, TN. In 2015, she traveled to Guatemala with Actuality Media and produced a short documentary titled “Cooking for the Guatemalan Dream”. She is the second Watkins film student to be invited by the Writers Guild Initiative to participate in the Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship for her feature “The Gathering Place”. She achieved First Alternate for the fellowship in 2016.

Ben Frank

Posted on: November 4th, 2015 by Jenna Maurice

Ben is an award-winning motion graphics designer & animator with a strong background in print and web design. During his time working for CMT he was a lead designer on a complete re-brand of the company. He  now lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife and their two crazy dogs. He currently works as a Sr. Motion Designer/Animator for CNN International.

Claudio M. Rojas

Posted on: May 6th, 2015 by Jenna Maurice

Claudio is a filmmaker and educator who is based in Costa Rica. He is a member of the jury for the PROARTES Award 2015 in the video production category (a national award given by the Costa Rican Government to young videographers and filmmakers who need funding). In 2009 he participated in a project to create a local cable tv station for the city of Orotina in Alajuela, Costa Rica. He has been the director and producer for short films as well as tv shows airing in Costa Rica, and has worked on major motion pictures, including: The Last Castle (Dreamworks LLC) and Beyond the Wall of Sleep (Lionsgate – Visceral Pictures).

Riley Miller

Posted on: March 17th, 2015 by Jenna Maurice

Riley is based in New York at Josh Held Design. She has worked on major projects including the Theater Renovation at Madison Square Garden, a $1M renovation of the Presidential Suite at the Dream Hotel Downtown NY, and the Living Room Bar at the W Hotel in Times Square.

Justin Orton

Posted on: March 17th, 2015 by Jenna Maurice

Justin works as a Studio Designer at Studio 121, where he coordinates construction documents. His experience with AutoCAD, Revit, and rendering techniques allows the team to clearly communicate design concepts. Thanks to Justin, clients can visualize their space and contractors have the details to accurately build it.

Justine Feldt

Posted on: June 20th, 2014 by Jenna Maurice

Before Justine had even graduated, she began working on several music videos and commercials for local and national clients. Since graduation, she has worked on reality televisions shows for TLC, LIFETIME, and A&E. Focusing on directing, she has made music videos for several country and christian recording acts. She most recently had the honor of directing country music icon, Dolly Parton, for her latest music video “Home“. The music video made its international premiere on VEVO’s homepage.

Sara Strese

Posted on: June 10th, 2014 by Jenna Maurice

In January 2013, Sara joined Applauze as senior designer, responsible for designing the mobile apps and marketing materials for the innovative event and ticketing service. Based in Nashville but a frequent flier to the company’s Mountain View, CA-headquarters, she also works on the popular Band of the Day app and assists with product development.

Hannah Masterson

Posted on: June 10th, 2014 by Jenna Maurice

Immediately upon graduation, Hannah landed a position as junior designer at the boutique firm Beth Haley Design in Nashville, involved in virtually all the planning, drawing and designing details as well as writing for the BHD blog and a local style publication.

Quinn Dukes

Posted on: June 10th, 2014 by Jenna Maurice

Within weeks of her final BFA critique, Quinn moved to New York City, determined to continue her development as a multidisciplinary performance artist. In the past six years, her work has been performed throughout New York as well as in Seattle, Boston, and in art fairs at Miami Art Basel and the New York Armory. Currently she is curator of the dB visual artist series in Dungeon Beach/Brooklyn, and is Assistant Director of Admissions at the School of Visual Art, where she is also pursuing an MFA in Art Practice.