Photo by Kate Betts.
Photo by Kate Betts.

by Gabi Mancini

Last weekend, SCAD hosted the much-anticipated aTVfest. Students from all majors came to attend panels for their favorite shows, and even take a few selfies with their favorite stars! I set out to gather some thoughts about the event.

Kiki Hill, Second-year, Animation


Gabi Mancini: What events did you attend at aTVfest?

KH: I went to “The Loud House” by Nickelodeon and “Grimm” by NBC.

GM: What was your favorite event?

KH: I think I would have to say “The Loud House”, because it pertains to me and my industry the most. But I did like seeing all the actors in “Grimm”.

GM: Do you have any cool stories to tell about the event?

KH: “The Loud House” gave out promotional material which was cool… I didn’t really meet any celebrities. I’m too shy.

GM: Any other thoughts about aTVfest?

KH: It was really cool to have the opportunity to go this weekend! Thanks SCAD!

 

Carmen Lehtimaki, MFA, Professional Writing

 

GM: What events did you attend at aTVfest?

CL: I attended “Bates Motel”, “American Crime”, “The Catch”, the Writer’s Forum, “Banshee” and more that I can’t think of at the moment.

GM: What was your favorite event?

CL: My favorite was the Writer’s Forum with the writers from “Shondaland”. It was inspirational to hear people with jobs I dream of talk about starting off doing what I’m doing now. It gives me hope.

GM: Do you have any cool stories to tell about the event?

CL: I don’t really have any cool stories that happened to me. There were a lot of little ‘you had to be there’ moments where the actors and producers would say something funny.

GM: Any other thoughts about aTVfest?

CL: I know it is cool to watch screenings of shows no one else has seen yet, but as a SCAD student you can get so much from listening to the people that speak after the screenings. For instance, when I went to the one for costume design I felt motivated afterwards. I have no interest in costume design, yet they still said things that resonated so much with me.

 

Tyrell Simms, First-year, Undeclared

 

GM: What events did you attend at aTVfest?

TS: I attended the events held for “Futurama” and “The Walking Dead”.

GM: What was your favorite event?

TS: My favorite was “Futurama”, because the show has been around since I was little and I grew up watching it.

GM: Do you have any cool stories to tell about the event?

TS: During the “Futurama” event, I got to meet David X Cohen (head writer and executive producer of “Futurama”).

GM: Any other thoughts about aTVfest?

TS: The experience I got by going to aTVfest will be one I’ll never forget.

 

Alexis Occhipinti, First-year, Film & Television

 

GM: What events did you attend at aTVfest?

AO: I attended “Grey’s Anatomy”, “The Path”, “American Crime”, “Ellen’s Design Challenge”, “Lucifer”, “How to Get Away with Murder”, “Banshee”, “Gotham”, “The Walking Dead”, “The Mindy Project”, and “Sleepy Hollow”.

GM: What was your favorite event?

AO: Overall, I enjoyed all of the events. However, I would have to say my favorite event was “American Crime” because I got to meet and get a picture with my long-time crush Connor Jessup.

GM: Do you have any cool stories to tell about the event?

AO: I got to meet many celebrities and even got pictures with a few of them, but what I value even more is merely having the opportunity to talk with some of them about their careers and experiences as well as the industry.

GM: Any other thoughts about aTVfest?

AO: This is a field and the industry I hope to one day go into, so this overall experience was an amazing opportunity to not only network, but get a taste of the industry as a whole. I strongly recommend anyone and everyone to attend aTVfest!