WATCH THE FACEBOOK LIVE VIDEO BELOW. The following links will be used in Ms. Freyer's talk.
- Artists maintain their personal art practice and often have a "day job" to support themselves, both financially AND artistically. By teaching, Waters Freyer keeps in touch with what's current in the field.
- ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER... this is why your sketchbook work includes curiosity questions and opportunities to research, plan, play, create, etc. Her interest in documentary photography lead to her graduate studies in documentary film.
- She spoke about the importance of planning but also expressed the importance of just doing your thing (like PLAY or CREATE pages) in order to develop ideas.
- Filmmaking, like most art, takes time. Her most recent feature film (2018)(see trailer below) started in 2013 with just the research aspect. Filming started in 2015. Editing was done in 2018. It will be featured on PBS in April.
- Also, like much of the art that is produced in the 21st century, filmmaking is collaborative. It takes a team to make a film. Filmmakers can also produce films more simply and independently, as Waters Freyer does with her experimental, short films (see her website @ https://www.pieshake.com/ for examples)
- She stressed that it is important to study what you are passionate about - and if that is art, DO IT. The field of art - and the career options - is far more extensive that it used to be.
- TO CONSIDER: Even if you are not studying art or film in college, how can the trajectory of Waters Freyer's career parallel the ways that you can make a career for yourself - any career?