Jacob Beil

   Everyone sees the world a little differently. An architect notices a bridge. He sees how the wires keep the structure suspended. The same could be said for a biologist, seeing how the legs could hinder the habitats found in the river below. I see a bridge and notice the shapes each line makes, the way shadows fall and how they might look four hours later, how I could employ an image of this bridge to tell its story.

   Hi, My name is Jacob Beil. I'm a freshman in the Cinematography and Photography program here at Ithaca College. I've spend a lot of my spare time leading up to coming here learning about photography, and now I hope to explore the field of cinema, and hopefully further develop my skills in lighting and camera operation. My goal for the future is to find a niche in the communications industry, and to be frank, just to do something I think is really cool. I couldn't ask for much more than that.

   Since enrolling in the S'Park course, I have been made aware of the myriad of opportunities provided to me here at Ithaca. Not only are clubs and organizations made easy to join but productions such as senior thesis projects and learning opportunities outside of class such as accomplished speakers, make Ithaca College a comprehensive communications education. S'Park has also helped me to recognize that I shouldn't know what my plans for after graduation should be quite yet. My time spent here will be a journey of education, just as much a journey of self-exploration.

   While the S'park course has introduced me to a lot at Ithaca College, it has also enlightened me on the highly adaptive "Media Landscape" that I will be entering upon graduation. From recent developments as citizen journalism to individiualized, YouTube-esque television to the rapid evolution of telecommunication in the past fifty years. I've left this course with a better understanding of the capacity of which the communications field can and will change in the future.

   In response to this eye openining realization that the definition of the communications field must be adapted almost daily, the course has taught me that the only real way to be prepared for the "real world" is to be incredibly flexible. 

   I'd have to say my favorite sessions was Professor Levy's lecture on the subjectiveness of an image. Her thoughts on our interpretations of photos can not only be applied to photojournalism but, I believe, media as a whole. What we as a society decide to broadcast on all of our screens is going to be interpreted through a certain cultural lens. And one key to success in the communications field is to be able to not only take advantage of specific lenses, but be able to adapt your product to several other cultural lenses, as approximately 1/3rd of media revenue comes from overseas.

   Now, all that being said, I really feel like the true benefit of S'Park was the ability to not only interact with the accomplished professors, but the accomplished alumni that have come out of Ithaca. Yes, it's inspirational, motivational, and all the other "-ational"s that you can think of, but what really stuck out was the exposure to all of the jargon. Terms like "Media Landscape", "Citizen Journalist", and the concept of western culture opposing "everyone else". These were things I had heard of, but had no real basis in which to come up with my own ideas and broadcast them to my neighbors. And, that's all that communications is...right?



To view my resumé, please follow this link. /jbeil1/resume/