Amelia Anderton came to Washburn University in 2016 specifically so that she could major in mass media: film and video. Now, three years later, she is well on her way to graduate in May of 2020 with a degree in film.
Amelia went to Shawnee Mission North High School in Merriam, Kansas. While in high school she became heavily involved in the school’s theater department. It was there that she discovered her love for filmmaking, and she especially took a liking to editing films. She became inspired to pursue a career in film by obtaining a film degree.
After she graduated from high school, she began her search for a college that offered a good film department. She only looked at two schools: Kansas University and Washburn University. Washburn provides a film and video concentration to students looking for an opportunity to gain both the technical and creative skills to be successful in the film and video industry. Anderton quickly fell in love with the atmosphere and charm at Washburn, and, after meeting with former film professor Charles Cranston, she was sold on coming here to pursue her film degree.
“I knew as soon as I spoke with Cranston and saw the campus that this is where I wanted to spend the next four years of my life, Washburn University offered everything I needed at that time.” Amelia said.
Amelia is now a junior, and she has continued to pursue her film degree. In addition to her studies in filmmaking, she has dedicated her time outside of class to gaining experience in the field. During her time here at Washburn, she has assisted in the creation of many short films and documentaries as a member of the Washburn Film Association, formerly known as the Tri-bods. She is currently working on a short documentary that focuses on sexual assault and the healing process that follows that traumatic experience. Amelia loves writing and creating films as well as editing films, and her work with the Washburn Film Association has helped her develop her skills.
Amelia has also worked for residential living for three years as an office assistant and has also joined a residential committee concerned with diversity and inclusion in resliving. She is also currently the vice-president of Queers and Allies, which is the the current Queer inclusive student organization on campus. Amelia is very passionate about equality, diversity, and inclusion for all marginalized groups. The organization, as well as her position on resliving committee, has helped her turn her passions into actions that have a positive effect on the Washburn community.
Her plans for after graduation have not been cemented yet, but she dreams of working on documentaries and doing a lot of film editing, for the most part. Although, Amelia also loves camera work, and she has been known to be very theatrical in her work.
Amelia plans to graduate in May 2020, and she is excited, anxious and ready to move on to the next chapter of her life. We can expect to see some great achievements and stellar films from her as she moves into her final year at Washburn.