My name is Robert Hummel, a freshman Cinema and Photography major hoping to concentrate in Cinema Production and graduate in 2016.
When I make my own short films (which I've been doing for the past seven years), I feel a rush of energy and inspiration, as if I alone hold the key to the future of storytelling. In an industry overstuffed with old ideas and shrinking ideas, I hope to make my own humble contribution in the form of films that speak to the human spirit rather than disposable pieces of entertainment. With the cinematic medium, I have the power to challenge the expectations of the audience in order to offer a fresh perspective that can open the eyes of the viewer to something about themselves or the world around them that they weren't aware of beforehand, much in the style of my influences, including Bergman, Malick, Kieslowski and Tarkovsky. Their films, and many others, have inspired and shaped me as a person, and I can only hope to return that favor to future audiences.
In order to do that, of course, I must master the craft of filmmaking, something I look forward to doing in the Park School at Ithaca College. Already I'm becoming more acquainted with the visual language of a wide range of films, and I hope to become fluent enough so that I can translate it through the necessary tools of production, which I will learn in the coming semester and hopefully master in the three years to come. Additionally, I would like to learn how to obtain the funds necessary for producing a film, since doing so is a considerable problem that faces even the most established independent directors today.
I am studying here for a reason. I want to create, and I want to learn how to do so in a way that will sustain me artistically and economically for the rest of my life. I plan to make the most of my time here in order to do so.