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Cornell CAS Essay - check over my spelling and grammar

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Jan 2, 2010   #1
Hi. Obviously I'm very time limited so I can't change anything significant as far as content goes.

Ever since I can remember, I've always loved movies. Film has always fascinated me. The way that simple pictures on a screen and sounds from a speaker can affect a person is incredible. Film can convey not only thoughts and ideas, but also emotion, and in my opinion, it does so far better than any other artistic medium. My favorite thing to do in life has always been to entertain others, and film has the potential to entertain millions of people at one time. With such an obsession with the power of film, it was only natural for me to start making some of my own.

I first acted upon this interest when I was in middle school, and since then my involvement in filmmaking has continued to grow. I started out making short comedies. Seeing the looks on people's faces as they watched those films were some of the best moments of my life. Knowing that people had enjoyed something that I made was a wonderful feeling. So I continued to produce more comedy. Then, after studying the works of directors such as Ingmar Bergman and Woody Allen, I became inspired and expanded the types of films I wrote to include more dramatic fare. Those directors make films that are so intelligent and contain so many brilliant ideas and themes. I knew that with enough dedication, I could do the same. Making sure my films had depth and artistic value was, and still is, very important to me. Currently I'm working on four different projects with genres varying from documentary to drama to comedy and music video. I like to think that I am succeeding in all of these forms.

Cornell would be a great place for me to study film. While I like to think that I am already fairly proficient in the artistic aspects of filmmaking, there is always more for me to learn. The resources that Cornell's film program offer cover everything that I could possibly need to learn the craft in depth. Cornell also has one thing in particular that makes it stand out in this regard-- I noticed when I visited that there was a movie theater on campus. I was incredibly impressed by this fact and beyond simply how fun and convenient that is, it's an excellent educational tool because it would allow me to study films the way they were meant to be seen. Cornell Cinema, Ithaca's year round film festival, brings older films to that theater that I might otherwise never be able to see in such an environment. Studying at Cornell is a dream of mine, and I was delighted when I found out how perfect it was for my intended major.

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