2012 Undergraduate Student Speaker James Spetner





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Published on May 17, 2012

Writing for Film and Television major James "Jamie" Spetner '12 speaks at the Emerson College undergraduate ceremony. Spetner, a Los Angeles native, was selected to speak at Commencement by a panel composed of students and administrators. He came to Emerson, he said, because of the College's focus on liberal arts, while still focusing on specialties, as well as its students' unique blend of being "laid-back and also hardworking." Spetner has been very involved in the College's film community. He worked in a variety of roles on numerous student film projects, and interned at Ridley Scott's (Blade Runner, Robin Hood) film production company through the College's Los Angeles Program. He also participated in the first-ever session of Emerson's highly selective Writers Guild of America writing mentorship program. His assigned mentor was Richard LaGravenese '80, LHD '11, an Emerson alumnus and parent and writer of numerous screenplays, including The Bridges of Madison County and the Academy Award--nominated The Fisher King.

In addition to his film studies, Spetner worked closely with Associate Professor of Visual and Media Arts Eric Gordon as a research assistant on CommunityPlanit, an online engagement game platform that is being used in cities across the country to involve communities in local planning efforts. He also spent a semester at Emerson's Kasteel Well program in the Netherlands, which he said was the single most defining experience he had at Emerson.


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