“On Your Radar” is a weekly Grad Film News segment, featuring a student picked at random.
Raven Jackson is a second year student at Grad Film. We asked her a few questions and here’s what she had to say:
Where are you from and what is it like there?
I'm from Clarksville, TN. It's about an hour from Nashville. It's green, growing, and full of fireflies during the summer. It's one of those places you don't really appreciate in its entirety until you've left it. The quiet. The familiar faces and long roads to take joy rides on. A lot of me misses it there.
What or who is inspiring you right now and why?
I'm inspired by grit, sensuality, nature, and the transition of a girl into a woman--what that even looks like or means. Because of this, I've been looking at a lot of films by Lynne Ramsay, Andrea Arnold, and Cate Shortland. I've also rediscovered this amazing photo book titled, "Sensation". Every shot in the book speaks to me. Sometimes I feel like capturing tiny details of someone's life would be my dream job. I could look at/search for textures all day. It feels like home.
What has been your most rewarding experience at NYU Tisch Grad Film so far?
Besides getting to collaborate and work with my beautiful classmates and faculty, I'd definitely have to say discovering my love for shooting on film. It's been a gorgeous revelation. I'm currently gearing up to shoot my second-year film and couldn't imagine shooting it any other way. I love hearing the flicker of film rolling on set. It's addictive in the best possible way.