Susan Walensky (in the photo with Kim Middleton, current Interim Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities).
Won Best Fiction Video Prize 2012
Video: Three Amigos
Susan is from Gloversville, NY, and she was a communications major at The College of Saint Rose before graduating in 2013.
How did you hear about the 15 Minutes Max festival?
A lot of my professors in the Communications department mentioned it in class. I didn’t think of entering it until my friend, John MacDonald, decided to enter.
How was your overall experience with the 15 Minutes Max Festival?
My overall experience was great. I had no expectations for the festival. I entered to impress my friend and winning was a total shock.
Have you ever entered video festivals in the past or was this your first one?
This was my first! I haven’t entered another since then.
Why or how did you choose the topic for your video?
The whole concept and filming of the video came about really quickly. I’m very into doing random arts & crafts projects. Out of boredom one day, my friend Kate Maher and I decided to build a castle out of cardboard for one of my stuffed animals. We decided to incorporate that into the video by having my Baby Spice be a damsel in distress. I actually had initially created the video just to impress my friend John MacDonald, so it came about very quickly with little thought into it.
Would you say that winning a prize in the 15 Minutes Max Festival has affected in any way your interest in video production?
It definitely gave me a lot more confidence!
Why are you interested in video production? Do you think that video production is particularly relevant or significant in today’s world?
I’m interested in video production because I love creating something that can inform or entertain someone. Video production can cover a vast variety of topics and isn’t cut and dry. I think video production is more prevalent in our society now than ever before.