Emily Bouchoc is a junior at SIU studying Cinema with a minor in art. Her main passion is the visual appeal of a film which works well with her strengths in production design and art. Because design is so important, she encourages others to think about what would appeal to the viewer, while also pushing boundaries to create new ideas. She believes that a sense of community is so important while creating art and strives to give others the confidence to create original ideas.
Emily’s goal is to work for Walt Disney Studios and to represent the famous mouse ears. In her free time you can catch her complaining about how cold she is, hugging people in excessive amounts, and making the ugliest faces known to man.
Ryan Kowalkowski is a sophomore focusing on documentary film at SIU. He has been involved in every round of production with MCM since his freshman year, and is excited to have a leadership opportunity to watch MCM grow over the rest of his time at SIU. Ryan wants to focus on helping MCM run as efficiently as possible to provide a smooth and fun learning experience for everyone involved.
Ryan finds motivation in new and unique ideas, especially from the growing community of online content creators, as well as striving to make each of his projects better than the last. Some of his influences include Griffin Hammond, THAC TV, and other various vloggers and filmmakers on YouTube. Outside of filmmaking, you can find Ryan running, playing guitar, or listening to punk music way too loud.
Aidan is a triple major in English, Cinema, and Classics. These areas of study blend together nicely to create a balanced understanding of narrative, which he uses to run the MCM Writers Room. Past experience includes directing two productions within the organization, one of which was written by himself and co-running the Writers Room in the 2015-2016 school year. He also has overseen the audio recording and mixing of every production from the 2015-2016 season on top of running sound for roughly half a dozen to a dozen other senior theses and odds and ends over the past year.
Post graduate plans include starting his own production company and shooting a documentary following through hikers in the Appalachian Trail.
Jordan Russell is pursuing a double-degree in Cinema Production and Marketing, as well an Honor’s Diploma. He previously served as the treasurer of MCM, helping to plan the 2015 and 2016 Red Carpet Premieres and acting as line producer of several films, among other positions.
This year he will be leading MCM’s LED Cinema Lighting project, using funding from SIU Sustainability Council’s Green Grant. In his free time, you can find him exploring, jamming out to a varied assortment of music, and eating cookies.
Davide Tomei is a Cinema & Photography major with a double-minor in Speech Communication and Political Science. As a junior at SIU, his focus as a board member is to streamline the pre-production process with effective communication and expediency. Davide oversees the pre-production for every film that MCM makes throughout the year, helping fellow filmmakers get comfortable with the process.
Heavy influences for Davide include Steve Jobs, David Fincher, Martin Scorsese, Stephen Colbert, and producer Scott Rudin. Visually, Davide greatly enjoys the cinematography and visual style of Jeff Cronenweth and Wally Pfister, along with anything penned by Aaron Sorkin. His proudest moments in MCM include writing and directing his own script and collaborating with some wonderful young filmmakers in the organization.
This summer, Davide interned at Mob Scene, a marketing/advertising firm in Los Angeles. In his spare time, Davide enjoys listening to Bruce Springsteen, watching The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and keeping up with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Chase Erickson is a junior at SIU with a major in Cinema and a minor in glassblowing. Chase’s primary strengths lay in the camera and grip departments, as he has a vast technical knowledge of technical gear. Always striving for originality, Chase encourages MCM members to get out of their comfort zones and try something new that audiences may not have seen before.
His primary cinematic influences are Emmanuel Lubezki and Jeff Cronenweth. Outside of school and MCM, you can find Chase teaching gymnastics locally or blowing glass figures for his friends.
Mary Scott is currently working on her degree in cinematography at SIUC. She was born in Dallas, Texas and raised in the St. Louis area. YouTube was where she discovered her love for filmmaking. As someone who grew up with a lot of musical talent in the family, she was very drawn to watching online music videos. Mary’s preferred field in filmmaking is post-production, where she can use her music abilities to match the feeling of each scene.
In the Spring of 2016, Mary was involved in the making of the feature film “Unconditional”. There, she worked as an assistant editor. To her, post-production is where the magic happens. She calls it the puzzle of one million answers. The story is driven by how it is put together. When she graduates, she hopes that she can help others achieve their vision by working in the post-production field.