Filmmaking Student Wins National Award

Photo: Mike Peters

Bobby Tucker

Bobby Tucker, of Bloomfield, a senior in the College of the Arts’ filmmaking program recently received a 2007 AVID Academic Award from the digital media technology company, Avid Technology.

Tucker was awarded for his proposal for a film which he will create for his senior thesis. Titled “Moments,” the film is currently in pre-production. The award from Avid will certainly come in handy because he not only received a $500 cash grant but also the full AVID Media Composer software package—which retails for close to $5000—which he will use to edit and finish the film.

Tucker has always had an interest in art, music and video, so although he entered Montclair State as a business major, he soon switched to filmmaking because it incorporated all of these interests as well as others such as writing and acting. “Bobby is a new type of student that we are attracting here,” says Tony Pemberton, assistant professor of art and design, and filmmaking area coordinator. “[He] is politically and socially conscious and eager to get involved with topics that happen around him.”

Although Tucker enjoys all aspects of filmmaking, he feels he has a special knack for editing. Professor Pemberton agrees saying, “He knows AVID inside and out.” After graduating, Tucker plans to continue in film either through work or study. He may work full-time for a documentary film director with whom he had an internship last summer or may attend graduate school to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree.