By Taroue Brooks
Sydney Boston is a 20-year-old soon-to-be graduate of Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD). She is moving towards a degree in Film & Television with a concentration in producing and directing. Sydney was introduced to the magical world of making films during her high school years and ultimately fell in love with the process. She’s continuously moving towards her dream of becoming the next big name on the screens.
Born in Indianapolis, IN, the youngest of three children, Sydney’s love of movies was fostered by the avid viewing habits of her family. Family time often revolved around the family of five relaxing after dinner and watching a wide range of movies. Classic movies such as Imitation of Life, Mommie Dearest, the Wiz, and the Wizard of Oz were family favorites. Also enjoyed were movies that had sequels, such as the Fast Five and the Marvel Universe franchises.
Most recently, Sydney has enjoyed a shift in genres. Horror and sci-fi movies have taken precedence. One of the series that was recently released, Them, has turned into a favorite. Her love for these genres and her passion to be able to create quality content have solidified her dreams and goals for the future.
During this last year of her college experience, she is preparing for her final big project, a horror short film: After bringing in the mysterious teddy bear gift that was left on her doorstep, Laila seals her fate for the rest of her night. She continues to hear noises every so often and soon discovers that both she and her brother Bailey are not alone in their house anymore.
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Why do you want to produce films?–
Over my last few years of college, when I was really honing in on what I wanted to do, I fell in love with piecing together all the little details that go into making the visual part of a film flow smoothly. I’ve always had a knack for keeping myself and other things around me organized and it just so happens that it fits into the industry I want to pursue. I love bringing something that could’ve started conceptually on a sticky note to the screen.
What filmmaker do you admire and why?-
I really admire Ava DuVernay. She has made a lot of accomplishments being a woman and a woman of color in the film industry. Everyone knows that this career path is very male-dominated and few women have had this much success. A lot of her work has opened up uncomfortable, but necessary conversations regarding our race and culture. I admire her drive and passion and will definitely use her experience as a model for bringing a concept to the screen.
What actor would you like to work with and why?-
I would love to work with Park So-dam from Parasite. I’ve been into Korean movies and tv for a while. With the tv shows I’ve seen her in recently, she’s played more of the bright, but feisty love interest. In Parasite, her persona was a lot darker than her previous work and showed that she has a tremendous amount of range. It would be interesting to see what she’s like on a daily basis and see how fast she can switch between personas.
How have you managed gaining experience during the pandemic? –
I’m not going to lie, it’s been tough. A lot of the on-set experience I would have gained while in school was limited after everything went online and I had to move back home. I’ve been spending a lot of time writing scripts for movies or tv shows and coming up with potential ideas for new projects. In March, I started producing my own and another student’s senior thesis.
What kind of support do you need to complete your senior film project?-
I am three months away from shooting and am trying to raise $5,000. The money would be used to pay for the crew member’s food, locations, and other production/distribution needs. The lack of available funds can negatively impact production for any project, large or small. The crew begins production on September 30th and ends on October 3rd. This is a huge project and coincidentally, my first go at completely facilitating a full project as a producer.
What keeps you motived in such a competitive industry? –
The fact that I have the potential to make stories that people can find relatable and make them happy is a personal driver. I want my work to speak to someone even if it’s just one person that finds it interesting. Every industry is constantly pushed to make room for something new and I want to be one of those people that are pushing to create something that everyone can find relatable. My love and appreciation for a variety of genres, gives me an edge to expand my creativity and to be noticed.
What have you enjoyed most from Savanah College of Arts & Design (SCAD)?-
Everyone there has the intention of bringing new creative elements to the world within their specific fields. It’s amazing talking to several different people who have the same creative mindset that you do, but due to their experiences and talents, it makes everything ten times better. The collaborative spirit that flows through every major is very inspiring and makes you want to do better so that you don’t bring anyone down. Existing in a competitive environment pushes everyone to bring their A-game, and that is a driving force for me personally.