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  • Poly Prep Country Day School | Illustrating the Fantastical: Josh Adams ’05 Takes Us Through His World of Drawing Superheroes
    the concept of continuity If you want to view the history of a character as something with continuity it feels out of place Personally I don t look at characters with a history as long as Iceman in that way It is ridiculous to look at 40 years of story as one continuous cohesive line of events I prefer to think of a character s history as fluid especially because so many different writers and artists work on the books and they each want to bring their own flavor to the story So if one creator decides they want to make a character gay or bisexual or asexual then that is their creative right Of course it is also the right to the publisher to say yes or no to any creative decision as they own the property I say if it creates a compelling story and allows creators to explore the character in a different way then it is something that can and should be explored Do you believe that comic book characters have lives outside of the two dimensional drawings Of course that s why you never see superheroes go to the bathroom As an artist who has drawn various different Doctors from Doctor Who which regeneration is your favorite Matt Smith Though I love so many of them Matt had a face like a cartoon character so expressive When you are commissioned to make a piece how much artistic license are you given Do you find it easier to have a piece commissioned with the idea already in mind or is it easier to create it 100 on your own It varies with each job Some people know exactly what they want and are very specific and that s fine It creates a clear mental image that I can create Some people aren t specific but they trust that I can create something they ll like and that works for me as well because I know I can just give it my best and they ll like it The only time I have a difficulty with the work is when I work for people who don t know what they want I had a job where the client insisted I create finish illustrations and after they were completed they started coming up with notes for changes but I had already finished the work They didn t seem to understand that changing finished work is like building a house and then being told to re build the foundation When creating a storyboard how do you decide which actions of the character to omit and which to include Specifically for storyboards I work with a director and it is my job to translate their vision It helps to have a good understanding of film direction and how to create compelling informative compositions What children s books have you illustrated Is it challenging to censor some of your comic content to be appropriate for a young generation I illustrated a

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  • Poly Prep Country Day School | Producing Reality Television: Kate Bernstein ’95 Discusses Work on Travel Channel and MTV Series
    changed or scripted to some extent nothing actualizes and embodies that theory better than the social media selfie phenomenon But the spirit and ethos that was Made s mission was very very real and coming from an altruistic place we were always of the point of view of helping kids first making good television second You studied Film and Cultural Studies at Swarthmore College but you returned to New York City to study Cinema at NYU Did graduate school help push you in the direction you wanted to be in I don t think graduate school pushed me in the direction I wanted to be as a television producer specifically any more or less than college did However it did push me more in the direction I wanted to be as a intellectual person and a critical thinker skills that I think are essential in any career including mine At Poly I developed a love of learning analyzing and reflecting on a text that only solidified and intensified at Swarthmore as it expanded beyond literature to include all media as a Film and Cultural Studies major After working for a few years in television and being consumed by the nitty gritty of day to day production and making media I decided get my Masters at NYU Tisch in Cinema Studies I thought it was important to take a step back and again have the luxury to think about how we consume media and how it can affect the world through an academic lens That ultimately led to a fresh enthusiasm when I returned to TV to make media myself again It s a very different trajectory than going to graduate school for film or television production where you re learning physical skills I felt I could get those on the job and I did Which goes to my next question if you could do or work on any project what would it be and why I think when you work hard pay your dues and take advantage of any and every opportunity presented to you including working on things that you might think aren t that great or down right bad you prove yourself and get to the level where you can be selective about the projects you choose I feel very grateful that I did get to a point in television where I loved and believed in the projects I worked on with all my heart like Made Now as a screenwriter I m choosing to write stories about people and things that I hope pose interesting and important questions to the world about gender race and social justice issues Certainly seeing my Eleanor Roosevelt script see below get made would be a dream come true What advice would you give to students interested in an entertainment or film TV career but don t want to be in front of the camera I actually think there s benefit to experimenting with being in front of the camera even if

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  • Poly Prep Country Day School | Setting the Set: How Christine Lois ’06 Ventured Into Set Design as an Architect
    she had passed the scene the film crew had started showing up and it ended up being a set for a TV show That day I had become so intrigued by the sets that I had an epiphany that this would be a great way to combine my love of movies with my experience as a designer While it took a few years to commit to make the transition I was fortunate enough to connect with people through mutual friends who had made the same switch from architecture to set design in that time they are really the ones who gave me the confidence and the push to follow through In a way building a set is like building a place even if it s a temporary place for a film One would assume it would be a natural progression but is it the same process to work on a film as it is to design an object or building When it comes to functionality the end results of a finished building and a set are completely different On the one hand you are spending years designing a structure to not fall down and on the other you re spending a month designing something to look like something else and it will remain standing for one week These final products dictate a difference in the direction the design takes over development Where the two worlds are very different the fundamentals of the design process are virtually the same The designer creates a concept that dictates the tone and style of the place and then develops this idea through research and programmatic needs Pushing those ideas over time develops this overall concept into a lot of minute details that bring everything together Design is like solving a complicated math problem that has multiple possible solutions there are a lot of unknown variables parameters and constraints that you have to work with but by solving each piece the solution is a unique interpretation of the overall concept Would you recommend people wanting to work in set or production design to get some sort of training Where you do not need a specific kind of degree to apply for a job in the art department every little bit helps It is a very difficult industry to break into so the more knowledge one has about design and film would be an advantage Many colleges have degrees in film and theatre design which would be the most beneficial route for someone aspiring to be a production designer The people you meet are really key as you will carry this network of designers with you throughout your career If someone were to follow a route like mine and come from another industry I would recommend having some sort of design background In architecture we utilize the same computer programs and drawings methods for construction sets as they use in film The major learning curve here is understanding how to draw things differently for use on

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  • Poly Prep Country Day School | Stephanie Georges Comfort '81 Visits School Chapel To Open Women's History Month
    Admissions Welcome to Poly Upper School Middle School Lower School Tuition Financial Aid Meet the Admissions Staff Take a Virtual Tour Giving Giving Guide Poly Fund Tower Society Matching Gifts Give Online Performing Arts Poly Fund 2015 16 Search Stephanie Georges Comfort 81 1 1 Stephanie Georges Comfort 81 Visits School Chapel To Open Women s History Month 3 31 2016 Poly Alumna Speaks at Upper School Chapel on March 1 to Discuss Years Long Career and Journey Stephanie Georges Comfort 81 one of the first graduating class of women from Poly visited Upper School Chapel on Friday March 1 Comfort who serves as senior vice president of corporate strategy communications and marketing at DigitalGlobe Inc spoke about her career and time at Poly Her lecture titled When 3 F s average to A touched upon various lessons of life the Poly alumna has learned or picked up on from listening more and talking less to take the time to do your work and be bold Comfort spoke about how she learned from her failures as a student both at Poly and beyond and how optimism helped her be herself In a career spanning over 20 years in a predominately

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  • Poly Prep Country Day School | Untangling the Western Genre: Film Columnist and Screenwriter Henry Parke ’72 Takes Us To the American West
    provisions and machine guns President Wilson sent Gen Blackjack Pershing and his army after Pancho Villa and my grandfather whom I m named after was a cavalryman in that army They chased Villa all over Mexico but they never caught him I was delighted that the first piece I was asked to write for True West was The Films of Pancho Villa Just for the record Viva Villa 1934 starring Wallace Beery was the best by far Growing up in Brooklyn this must have been a social anomaly Did you always like Western productions Now don t forget Henry McCarty better known as Billy the Kid was born in Brooklyn I loved Westerns as a kid but most kids did Westerns were all over TV and in the movies and everyone played cowboys and Indians I had a nice pair of cowboy boots as a kid and my dad loved to tell the story of us getting off the subway at Grand Army Plaza and a man saw the boots and said Howdy cowboy And I answered solemnly I m not a cowboy I m just an ordinary boy from Brooklyn But the boots were expensive so my mother makes me wear them What was your favorite Western movie or TV show growing up In the theatres whatever the newest John Wayne movie was I particularly remember The War Wagon Dean Martin in Bandolero Clint Eastwood in Two Mules For Sister Sara On TV as a kid I loved The Roy Rogers Show and The Lone Ranger All these years later I know a number of Roy s kids and grandkids and Clayton Moore The Lone Ranger s daughter Dawn Moore is a good friend When I got older I was a fan of The Virginian Bonanza Gunsmoke and High Chaparral You re also a screenwriter What have you worked on No Westerns oddly enough I ve written a few but they haven t been made yet My last year at NYU Film School I co wrote a car chase film called Speedtrap which starred Joe Don Baker of Walking Tall fame Tyne Daly and three of the screen s best villains Robert Loggia Timothy Carey and Morgan Woodward We destroyed 136 cars in that one I wrote a film noir I m very proud of Double Cross starring Patrick Bergin Jennifer Tilly and Kelly Preston I ve also spent a lot of time in development Hell the screenwriter term for the situation where you keep getting hired to write new drafts of scripts but the movie never gets made In that arena I have two major disappointments I worked with Frank Capra Jr on an adaptation of his dad s autobiography The Name Above the Title but he could never get it financed And I scripted the follow up to The Beatles Yellow Submarine entitled Strawberry Fields But the partners started suing each other and by the time the dust had settled Michael Jackson who voiced the character of

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  • Poly Prep Country Day School | “I Marched in Selma”: Dr. Charles Plotz ’37, P’73 Recalls the Historical Day Over 50 Years Ago
    s News Archive Our Program Academics Athletics Upper School Middle School Lower School Poly Prep Summer Academic Excellence Honor Societies Performing Arts Visual Arts Technology Sustainability Diversity Library Policies Health Safety Explore Poly Prep Summer News Calendar News Daily Calendar Athletics Calendar Photos Videos Poly Publications Parents Bus Schedules Lunch Menus Alumni Performing Arts Home Admissions Welcome to Poly Upper School Middle School Lower School Tuition Financial Aid Meet the Admissions Staff Take a Virtual Tour Giving Giving Guide Poly Fund Tower Society Matching Gifts Give Online Performing Arts Poly Fund 2015 16 Search Dr Charles Plotz 37 P 73 The photograph Dr Plotz took in Selma 1 2 I Marched in Selma Dr Charles Plotz 37 P 73 Recalls the Historical Day Over 50 Years Ago 2 24 2016 93 Year Old Poly Alumnus Shares Story of Historical Civil Rights March in Alabama In 1965 Dr Charles Plotz 37 P 73 along with 600 other men and women marched from Selma Alabama to Montgomery with his two young sons Dr Plotz keeps a photograph pinned on his refrigerator in his Brooklyn Heights home In the photo taken at the end of the March from Selma Dr Martin Luther King Jr and Rev Ralph Abernathy are addressing the crowds I took that photograph and I see it every day It s such a pleasure to look at Dr Plotz said in a phone interview Just one day before the march to Selma Dr Plotz says he was sitting and having a family dinner when he made the decision to buy a ticket to Atlanta taking his two young sons to the march the next day I looked at my sons who were all at the impressionable age and I thought to myself You know it s going to take something dramatic to impress them with the importance of supporting MLK Dr Plotz recalled It was kind of late in the afternoon but I got on the telephone and I was able to get three seats on a flight to Atlanta I said to them Let s go to that march tomorrow That next day Dr Plotz said he rented a car to get to Selma There were lots of people I must say most of the people in retrospect were white It wasn t a black people s march for blacks it was a white people s march for blacks which is how it should have been he said Dr Plotz recalled seeing hordes of local national guard and policemen a presence he said was discomforting due to the fact they came from Alabama a place Dr Plotz says that wasn t awfully sympathetic to the march So here we were being protected by people who would rather have us shot than protect us But we marched in very good spirits The 93 year old Poly alumnus said he was particularly impressed by how cheerful everybody was We knew we were doing the right thing Dr Plotz says he never

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  • Poly Prep Country Day School | Experiments in Change: On the Importance of Community Organizing, a Q&A with Jordan Redell ‘10
    start out in local government and grow to national recognition I think everyone in Vermont has a Bernie Sanders story whether it be running into him at the grocery store or chatting with him on the street Around here he s still just another friendly neighborhood guy He has positioned himself to be a man of the people and no one understands that better than the people of Vermont who he has interacted with personally for the entire duration of his political tenure You studied visual arts at the University of Vermont and were also active in the Student Government Association How did you come to be involved in these two interests My degree is in visual arts and I focused on printmaking and ceramics in college I also participated in a number of extracurricular activities that I think of as having equal value in my overall education A liberal arts education presents the opportunity to engage in a number of interests beyond one s more narrowly defined degree I was involved in and organized a number of community projects that engaged students in the neighborhoods that surround the university As you can imagine there is often a contentious relationship between the longer term permanent residents and families and students that live in close proximity downtown A lot of the work I did was about facilitating discussion about this relationship and communicating to students how they could be better neighbors What is your job I m the mayor s assistant and scheduler which is kind of a catch all word for all the different things I do Our office is a small staff three people plus the mayor so we are all hands on deck for most projects and initiatives As scheduler I am in charge of what we do every day I set up meetings with both internal city departments and local organizations or non profits We receive many requests for the mayor to speak at or participate in events or meet with business owners and non profits in the city We also get requests for interviews from newspapers television and radio stations Our office is working on so many projects days can get pretty hectic Do you see yourself staying at the mayor s office in Burlington for a while What are some of your immediate or not so immediate future goals Local government is very cool I think people especially young people are afraid of politics because it seems so complex when you are on the outside Federal government is big and they deal with issues that are very complicated like healthcare and foreign policy Local government is much more intimate For example what do your streets and sidewalks look like Are there parks and green spaces in the city Where will we plant trees How can you bike to work safely Where will you park How will we house the people who want to live here These are issues that tangibly impact your everyday life so

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  • Poly Prep Country Day School | Journey to the Hill: Peter Rocco ’03 on Working in Washington D.C.
    an end I went to D C for President Obama s inauguration and then I decided I was going to move to D C he says It was in D C just one month after making the decision to move there that Rocco hit the halls of Congress and handed out his resume Not long after he managed to get an internship with Representative Mike McMahon P 10 in 2009 After interning for a month Rocco was given a job as staff assistant to the congressman who also happened to be from the Poly alumnus home district in Staten Island As the congressman s special assistant Rocco worked on environment and energy issues with responsibilities that ranged from writing legislative proposals to liaising with representatives from the energy industry I hoped that I would have a long career on the Hill he says of his two years working with Congressman McMahon The plan was to move up to a more senior position but this proved difficult when McMahon didn t win reelection Rocco says After Rocco s stint with the Congressman he decided to stay in D C to work with CQ Weekly an online publication that provides records and reports on Congressional voting For CQ Rocco took a more hands on approach to his political aspirations fact checking documents about commerce and industry everything from environmental issues to NASA As a researcher he says he learned a lot about the legislative process Whenever there s a big authorization bill you have to refer back the exact line it s referring to and check the data he said In his role at CQ Weekly Rocco says he also learned nerdy stuff such as the names of every member of Congress which district he or she represents and how to find

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