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Pictured is 2013 cinema arts alumnus Jonathan Joseph. Photo | Sarah Cunningham

Meet Jonathan Joseph

Job title: Line Producer, "The Chair" series
Degree earned: B.A. in Cinema Arts, 2009
Hometown: Phoenix, Ariz.
High School: Desert Vista High School

Describe your role working on "The Chair."

As line producer, I had involvement in all three facets of the project: both of the narrative films and the documentary series.

What was it like to work professionally with Point Park on this project?

It was so exciting. It's great that Point Park is creating opportunities for their graduates to work professionally in their field of study.

How did you become involved?

I became involved through Nelson Chipman, associate professor and graduate program director, and Fred Johnson, assistant vice president for academic and student affairs. Nelson asked for my resume and passed it along to Chris Moore, the executive producer of the project.

Aside from this experience, what other projects have you worked on since graduating?

I started my own production company called Counting Sheep Productions and have been producing commercials and promotional mini-documentaries. I also produced a low-budget feature called "Progression" with Gab Cody and Sam Turich. The entire film was shot in Lawrenceville.

How did your Point Park experience prepare you for your career?

Point Park has a strong emphasis on practical, hands-on production. Being on set and having to actually produce a large amount of work while in school really helps to prepare you for real-world production.

Why did you choose to attend Point Park for your major?

Point Park's emphasis on hands-on production, mixed with a fair amount of film theory, made it very attractive to me as someone looking for the best value from their education.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

I think students should really take advantage of their time at Point Park to get as much experience in as many different aspects of production as they can. They should look for a school that offers them those opportunities. For me, Point Park was that place.

Anything else you would like to add?

I want to thank Point Park for creating an opportunity like this, and for continuing to find ways to support its alumni.

Text by alumna Abigail Mathieu
Photo by alumna Sarah Cunningham


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