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My First Year: SVA Student Rianne Pyle


Next up in the My First Year series is BFA Film Honors sophomore Rianne Pyle, who talks about where she sees herself four years in the future and how she likes SVA so far.

How did you become interested in filmmaking?
In high school, I actually wanted to be a medical examiner. But my mom always saw me engaged in TV shows and films, like those on the Disney Channel and superhero and crime shows like Criminal Minds and Bones. So one day she said, “Why don’t you look into filmmaking?” At the end of my junior year, I went to the Pre-College Program for film, and I fell in love with it. I literally texted my mom the first day after the break and said, “I think I can do this the rest of my life.”

Where do you see yourself in four years?
I definitely see myself graduating and getting ready to go on to get my master's degree. I want to be a director and eventually own my own production studio, but I want to get my master’s because I ultimately want to teach film at a college level.

Tell us about your studio work last semester.
We had to make three to five short films—well, not even “films,” more like scene content. They were fun to plan out. We took out the SVA equipment, which was great to use, and it was a good experience working on set. The last project I worked on was for my friend as his assistant director.

How did you learn to direct actors?
We do in-class shoots with real actors from SVA’s casting office. I also learned by watching other people on set. It all comes through observation and practice.

How do you like SVA socially?
I really like it. Especially with film, where everything is so collaborative; you become like a family in a sense. I really love everyone in my class. They’re really creative; they’re nice. We’re all open to sharing each other’s work. We’re fun—we goof around.

Have you participated in any campus events outside of class?
I went to the Halloween party. It was enjoyable—the laser tag, the bowling, the food. I also went to the Acting Mixer. Actors come and mingle with SVA students so we can get to know each other. That’s where I met the actor for my short film.

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