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RIT and the Oscars!

James Buxton on Monday, 01 February 2016. Posted in The Arts

Well! My first blog! Let’s start things off with one of the biggest subjects among film majors here at RIT right now: the Academy Awards! This is the 88th year of the ceremony that I have been watching ever since I can remember. This year's best picture nominees are pleasantly varied in genre, ranging from action films such as Mad Max: Fury Road to dramas such as Spotlight, to even films that are slightly more comedic in nature such as The Martian (although the Golden Globes giving it the award for comedy/musical was a little far-fetched). 

I have compiled my to-see list and have begun to cross them off slowly but surely. Some of the highlights so far have been the cinematography in The Revenant (which is absolutely stunning), the production design and practical effects of Mad Max: Fury Road, and the storytelling and tension built in the beautifully intense Room. Overall it was an excellent year for the film industry as a whole, both in quality of work and in profits.

One of the proudest moments for me this year has been telling people about the recent RIT graduate who was a member of the sound team on The Revenant. His full title on the film was field recording / second assistant sound editor. Although we often don’t see it advertised, many RIT grads have been involved with critically acclaimed film and television projects, ranging from popular animated features such as Frozen to amazing shows such as Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones. In the future I’m hoping that I can join this plethora of names and that, just like I have, some young RIT student will look to me as inspiration.

P.S. Here’s hoping Leo gets his Oscar finally!