Filmmaker . Director . Storyteller
My name is Maddy Freeman, and I am currently studying Film and Television Production at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
I have always had an interest in film. While watching TV shows and movies, I am fascinated by the variety of different shots and how each shot helps the filmmaker convey specific emotions. I am a storyteller, and film is the medium through which I have found my voice to tell stories. Film combines elements from a variety of different mediums—sight (photography and studio artwork), sound (music and podcasts), and writing (literature)—just to name a few. Because of this, film is a complex medium that enables me to build a world that appeals to multiple senses. Because film facilitates the creation of new worlds, it provides viewers with an escape from reality. However, at the same time, film captures and presents reality.
By creating films based on my own experiences, I feel that I can create films that are not only meaningful to viewers experiencing similar situations, but films that are also relatable to broader audiences because they express broader themes. However, my story is just one story; there are so many others to tell. And, there is more than one side to every story; because each person has a unique perspective, no two stories, even those about the same subject, are ever alike. Using film, I can bring these stories to life.
I like to create movies that are both entertaining and communicate meaningful themes to my audience. As I see it, constructing a compelling story is as crucial as communicating a universal message. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by evoking specific emotions. Regardless of background and culture, we all experience similar emotions. This is why audiences may still connect to characters from various backgrounds that experience situations unlike any the audience members have experienced before.
During the summer of 2016, I participated in US Performing Arts Camps' WebTV program at Georgetown University, where I worked alongside an actor, director, and screenwriter and several other students to create a web series, which we advertised and posted on YouTube. This program helped me explore my passions. I participated in the WebTV program at Georgetown again during the summer of 2017. During the summer of 2017, I also traveled to Stanford University in California to take part in US Performing Arts' Acting for the Camera, at which I worked with the same actor and director I learned from at Georgetown.
Throughout my high school career, I was enrolled in multiple digital video production courses. They rank among my favorite courses in high school. I was also a member of Studio 462, the production club at my high school. The club writes articles, covers sporting events, creates shows, and manages its website. I worked on several commercials for the club, and during my senior year, I acted as one of the vice presidents of the club, specifically the Vice President in charge of Videos and Commercials.
In addition to my creative filmmaking work, during my junior year of high school, I founded my own production company. My business, Maddy Freeman Productions, provides filmmaking services, such as commercials, montages, and personal videos to individuals, local and international businesses, and charitable organizations.