The future of filmmaking has never been so present, so prominent as it was last night at the Tisch 50th Gala. The historic accomplishments made by alumni exhibited outstandingly on stage and in the speech of the various hosts filled me with an NYU fervor I haven't felt since seeing the Reality Show as a bright-eyed freshman four years ago. But the past fifty years seemed to serve as a pedestal for the coming half-century. New tech fills our classrooms and new blood fills our administration. Change isn't coming; It's here. The impending shift in medium that was once murmurs between department heads is now on the forefronts of all of our minds thanks to the Gala presentation, and two words are going to rock the Tisch classical filmmaking education to its core.
On my left sat the head of the graduate film department, and on my right sat the head of education at Oculus Rift. I felt like I was placed in the center of a spectrum, torn between the 'classical' narrative film education of Tisch and the epitome of storytelling innovation. Hired by the Dean's office to videograph interviews with the likes of Alec Baldwin and Billy Crystal on the red carpet, I received a last-minute invitation by Joe Pichirallo which gave me access to the stunningly ritzy dinner party where I sat and listened to the ambitions and ideas of faculty, administrators and benefactors alike. A new dean, a new university president, and the encroaching new medium of Virtual Reality throws the entire status quo of my alma matter into question, but the aptitude and prowess of our student body fills me with confidence for the future and wonder at the endless possibilities.