A Zarathushti Boy With A Camera
Who am I?
My name is Jall Cowasji. I’m 24 years old, and I’m an aspiring filmmaker. I’m incredibly lucky to have discovered my calling at a very young age. Soon after my 10th birthday, my grandmother passed down an old video camera that she no longer needed. It was a casual gesture that unbeknownst to her, fundamentally changed the course of my life. I remember being so taken by the technology, by the sheer capacity to capture the moving image. It was a remarkable time of discovery, the time I first began to associate with the word “filmmaker”.
Why am I here?
I’ve been offered a place at New York University’s TISCH School of The Arts to pursue the Graduate Filmmaking Program with a Cinematography Emphasis. The film department, arguably the finest of its kind, is notoriously selective, accepting a small mix of students that evolve into some of the most capable filmmakers of our time. It is an opportunity of a lifetime, one that unfortunately comes with a hefty price tag.
What is my end goal?
To become a highly proficient filmmaker/ cinematographer that doesn’t just know the technical stuff but really understands the art of visual storytelling. Good movies may seem effortless but there is so much thought, insight, planning, and coordination that goes into them.
After three rigorous years at NYU, I will have a strong body of work and a really solid network of filmmakers that will aid in launching my professional filmmaking career. From where I stand now, I have an awareness of all these unrefined stories that exist everywhere, stories that can open minds and influence the way we think. If I can do justice to these stories through film, I’ll be content.
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