“ON YOUR RADAR” IS A WEEKLY GRAD FILM NEWS SEGMENT THAT FEATURES A STUDENT PICKED AT RANDOM.
OLUMUYIWA BAKER IS CURRENTLY A 3RD YEAR STUDENT AT GRAD FILM. WE ASKED HIM A FEW QUESTIONS AND HERE’S WHAT HE HAD TO SAY:
1. Where do you consider home and what is it like there?
I am from College Park, Georgia. It is an urban city just south of Atlanta. Atlanta’s a really relaxed place to live. Compared to NYC, one may say it is too slow. But I love everything about the city. It is a very family-oriented place. High school, collegiate and professional sports are all important parts of Atlanta culture. It is at these sporting events where one will find the best Barbecue. It is an experience. I don’t know if I should say this, but the surrounding suburbs, which is where I live now, feel a lot like the nicer parts of New Jersey.
2. What is currently inspiring you as a filmmaker?
There’s so much out there that it’s hard not to be inspired. I’m a big fan of the HBO series "Game of Thrones," "Westworld" and several others on that network, but my recent favorite has been "Sharp Objects." It is not the first season of "True Detective," but I like how it was shot and, being from the South, I appreciate the Southern aesthetic feel of the show.
3. What has been your most rewarding experience at NYU Tisch Grad Film so far?
Working as Spike Lee’s TA was a dream come true, as I never dreamed I would be able to work for him. He is amazing. I have never seen somebody work so hard. He has a million projects going on all at once, and he still is so generous with his students. I loved working for him. It was a true Blessing from God.