Since coming to Towson University film student Tyler Jennings has learned a lot but still isn’t satisfied with where he is right now.
Since he was young Jennings has been creating short films with his friends and a camcorder. Jennings sought a medium to express his creativity and he found that film was the perfect fit.
“The possibilities are almost limitless. With new technology, you kind of find that you can create whatever you want and to me that is beautiful,” said Jennings.
He began his major at Anne Arundel Community and transferred to Towson so he could continue to expand his experience.
TU junior Khalid Merene began acting in Tyler’s videos in high school and he has been acting in them ever since. “I’m glad I’m able to be apart of it. Honestly, after doing his videos for so long I’ve become more interested in the process of filmmaking which why I’m now an EMF minor,” said Merene.
His filmmaking has been influenced by the wit of a Edgar Wright movies, the shocking imagery of Darren Aronofsky movies and the intensity of Christopher Nolan movies.
When asked about how he comes up with ideas for videos Jennings said, “It’s really just being inspired by different elements of my life … It’s connecting dots and finding that some dots don’t work and taking a small idea and make it into something interesting that I would love to share.”
Jennings weeks are filled with three hour EMF classes ranging from audio to production. While outside class, he is working on projects for class, project for himself and projects for his Greek house Lambda Kappa Tau, also known as LKT.
Because of this his schedule is packed and he said that he is always working; even when he is not he has a sense that he should be working on something.
But since entering Towson University Jennings said he has had the opportunity to learn even more about film. “It has made me open my eyes to the world of film more, so like, I know what makes something good or bad or interesting. It’s made me see the progress in myself and how I can make things better,” said Jennings.
Merene has gotten to see firsthand how Jennings style has changed as a director. “We used to do a lot of darker stuff, the plots were always convoluted in some kind of way. But now it’s more experimental, doing comedic stuff, some serious stuff, we just finished a romantic comedy … His style has evolved I think.”
Jennings says his main motivator is being the best he can be at film. Each time he has an idea he pushes it as far as he can so each thing he creates is better than the last.
“These ideas push me to go in, they make me [think] ‘if I learn this, if I get a job, if I start working this will lead to more films and those films will lead to awards will lead to success and that success will lead to appreciation from peers and family.’ And that idea of being the best keeps me motivated,” said Jennings.