Hunter Brumfield is currently working as a freelance director and editor. He works on regional and coastal Tv spots, brand anthems or web media. He is also always improving his craft through working on music videos and short films – which at the same time helps him increase his visibility. Hunter began working in the film industry freshman year at VCU when he heard there was a lifetime christmas movie being filmed in downtown Richmond. He jumped at the opportunity to be a production assistant on set. He wanted to get a real feel for how the world operated. “It felt a bit like a thankless job in a sense, but in hindsight it was an invaluable experience and one that everyone should go through as a student.” says Brumfield. “Being on set, even if it’s a schlocky christmas movie, humbles you to the mass amount of positions that a set requires.”
Above is the music video Brumfield directed for Lucy Dacus’ song I Don’t Wanna be Funny Anymore.
Continuing in his undergraduate degree, he worked as an assistant for a corporate photographer where he learned the language of being a creative as well as how to deal with corporate clients. He says there is a deftness and structure in how you handle them. Hunter continued his photo assistant work into his senior year and he was asked to work on a job for the World Trade Center doing data management and C camera. This means he was running the 3rd camera, picking up smaller shots while the A and B cameras gathered the main footage. This was for a production company based downtown that had a very high stress environment. Here, everything he had been learning in previous jobs was culminating into one. After getting back to VA, he was asked to edit the project. He did this job for free, knowing that the company would likely offer him a paid gig the next time if he was able to impress them and sure enough they did. That company was the Branching, where Brumfield is now currently posted. Three years later and he is now one of two primary editors at this space, as well as a director. Each new project he gets is bigger in scope which he says is “…certainly a matter of gained skill and mutual trust.”
“Photo+Film laid out the foundation for the A to Z of filmmaking” Brumfield says. “They gave you the tools, but it was totally up to you whether you want to master them or passively accept them.” He also mentions the importance of his peers from Photo+Film. The network he was able to sustain in Photo+Film is vital for him because they continuously recommend each other for jobs and solicit each other’s specialized skills for their own works. “I absolutely owe them when it comes to where I am at today.”
Heather West, a Photo+Film alumni, graduated with her concentration in photography in 2014. She is currently working as an Art Department Production Assistant for TV and Movies. She has worked on numerous projects including Rectify Season 4 (AMC), Logan Lucky by Steven Soderbergh, Pitch Perfect 3 (Universal), and Black Panther (Marvel). The film industry has many niche jobs. Heather’s main duties involve designing all of the signs, labels, vinyl wraps for cars, logos, and menus etc. Almost nothing from the real world can be used because of copyright laws, so West utilizes her photoshop and design skills to produce the graphics content that you see in TV and Film. For the film Pitch Perfect 3, she made all of the passports you see and every single cereal box. She also does a lot of photo manipulation for pictures seen throughout the films and TV shows. Right now she describes her responsibilities as being 50/50 between creative work and administrative work because she also ends up doing a lot of paperwork.
VCU Alumni Jaclyn Brown will be in a captivating group show May 18th and May 19th 2017 alongside
Victor Alcantara » Paul Cohen » Alan Huck » Emily Kinni » Molly Peters » Stuart Richardson » Ligaiya Romero » Rick Schatzberg » Marshall Scheuttle » Ernesto Solana » Antonis Theodoridis » Alex Williams »
The show, curated by Jörg Colberg, discusses this inauspicious time by hinting at a sense of unease within the societies each of the artists come from. The exhibition explores a wide range of contemporary photography – featuring quiet observations from anonymous cityscapes, portraits (staged and candid), vaguely dystopian landscapes and more.
In their collaborative work, Josh Thorud and Anthony Smith explore commercial architecture, fine art documentation, abstract video and nostalgia through site-specific video sculptures. Kiosks combines retail materials with swirling and self-destroying light sculptures. Vaguely familiar forms, over layers of jagged edges, deteriorate into mere light, color, shape and movement. Contemporary art is more often seen in digital form as documentation images and videos than in physical space, which causes anxiety over the ability to document work. This pushes artists to make work that looks good in thumbnails. Kiosks is composed of previous documentation, synthesizing object and document into one piece.
“Sediment Arts’ invitational art exhibition To: Pluto is organized under this theme of historic exploration, expanded understandings, and loss of innocence. The artists in the exhibition work through various mediums and across platforms, with diverse perspectives on environmental, social, and technological issues relevant to society today. Their work speaks to relationships with Pluto or other planetary bodies including our own, to the human longing that comes with distant and detached explorations of intangible objects, as well as the role of speculation and scientific discovery in defining what is within or without our physical world and imagination.”
BFA Alum Kate Fowler working with the Magnum Foundation as a part of their Photography, Expanded initiative, recently coordinated The Third Annual Symposium. Presentations and panel discussions presented innovative documentary storytelling and emerging ideas in digital media and journalism on social justice issues. Featured artists included Andrew Beck Grace (After the Storm), Katy Scoggin (CITIZENFOUR), Marek Tuszynski (Exposing the Invisible), Elaine Sheldon & Sarah Ginsburg (She Does Podcast).
For more on Kate and her work with the Magnum Foundation, click this link!
October 9 – December 8, 2015 “I don’t like the way you’re not looking at me.” brings together the work of 4 artists from 4 different mediums and perspectives, while investigating similar themes- themes of thresholds, the impulse of self-preservation, and the idea of legacy through relationship.
Stephanie’s work, displayed in the show Going Somewhere, is featured along with six other artists.”Through video and performance, sculpture and photography, painting and sound, these artists engage notions of navigation and movement, adaptation and mobility, exploration and transition.” Her work, Global, is a photo archive of gelatin silver prints. The wood samples her photographs feature, found in local shops, are considered “exotic,” being from areas all over the world.
Fionnuala [Fin] Bradley is a VCU alum with a BFA in Photography. Her humble beginnings, similar to many college students, included taking jobs in the food industry; and the need for change and a driven attitude led her to drop everything and move to San Francisco. “Leaving VCU, I felt a loss, as well as, a little lost. I no longer had access to facilities and equipment, to a daily routine, to purposeful deadlines and most importantly, a community of like-minded artists.” Rather than dwelling on this loss, Fionnuala took the challenges San Francisco life threw her way. She maintained a day job to afford rent while also working hard to develop connections, specifically with groups in her interest field of youth development in the arts and culture sector. “I interned with the Education Department of the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco, mentored youth with a photography program called First Exposures and taught Digital Art to middle schoolers in the After School Program that I now direct.”