Written by Sofia Pye '21
Sacred Heart Greenwich alumna Roxanne Kassapidis ‘19 visited the Real World Filmmaking class on January 24, 2020. Majoring in Film & TV at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (NYU), she spoke to the Upper School students about how her academic courses helped her become a more successful and tenacious filmmaker.
Starting her first fall semester, Roxanne took filmmaking classes about performance, writing, storytelling, and sound at Tisch School of the Arts. Her favorite class, Storytelling Strategies, helped Roxanne further develop her creative screenplay writing skills.
“I love to write stories so this was something I enjoyed, as I felt my work was truly valued by the professor and my classmates,” Roxanne said. “I also liked reading other students' scripts in class because I was able to learn from their storytelling strategies and also gain inspiration for my own scripts.”
In Performance Strategies, Roxanne and her classmates would rehearse various scenes in front of the class. Each student had the opportunity to act as a director and coordinate the actors in each scene. In her writing class, Roxanne focused on the variety of ways the world interprets art, while including her own perspectives.
Lastly, in her Sound Image class, she focused specifically on creating audio for film. Sound production ended up being a more intense process than she expected. At one point, Roxanne stayed up all night working on a sound mix for a student film.
Taking the filmmaking elective at Sacred Heart opened Roxanne’ eyes to a future in the media field. Through the three years she studied Creative Filmmaking, she learned to improve her technical and collaboration skills, working on projects with her classmates.
“Getting involved in the film festival certainly helped me become more independent and responsible. These are two values that are important and helpful for life at NYU or any college or university,” Roxanne said. “In the beginning of the college experience, you are doing a lot on your own. There isn’t always going to be someone who can help you with everything. Film at Sacred Heart helped me discover what I love to do and has guided me to become more self-reliant while also teaching me how to work with others.”
Roxanne has enjoyed connecting with other Sacred Heart Greenwich broadcast alumnae at NYU. In her first semester, she came into contact with Gabby Giacomo ‘15 and Claire Uygur ‘16. Gabby graduated from NYU last spring, and Claire is currently a student at the school.