Student Snapshot- Alex Paglieri

Alex Paglieri
BFA Class of 2024

Introduce yourself briefly and tell me a little bit about your background. Are you an MFA or BFA?
Hello! My name is Alexandra Paglieri, I am 20 years old and I am from Tampa, Florida. I am a BFA student in animation/digital arts!

Who is your favorite Filmmaker and What is your favorite movie?
My favorite filmmaker would most certainly have to be Damien Chazelle, given that my favorite movie is La La Land!

What are you currently working on?
Previously, we just wrapped up final exams and class work, but currently, we are preparing to begin working on our first animated film this semester!

What does your typical day look like?
A day for me is never identical or boring as a film student! If it is a Monday, I will get to the Film School early for a Student Rep meeting, complete some work in the lab after, head home, and probably hit the gym. The rest of the week consists of pretty lengthy class times, which goes by quickly due to how much fun we have, I’ll most likely have business to complete in the evening with my Sorority, then a lot of relaxation at home with friends for the rest of the evening!

What has been the best part of film school so far?
The best part for sure has been the friendships and experiences I have made this past year. We are all so close and I can laugh and be myself with any single one of my classmates. Furthermore, the F1 experience was so thrilling with the payoff of seeing your own film in a giant theatre with your friends and family for the first time, nothing can beat that.

Which faculty member has made the greatest impression on you and how?
Ken Robkin has been a driving force in my developing skills at Film School. Ken will be honest when he should be, but he also knows how to relate on a personal level and make you feel great about what you come in to learn every day. If I am feeling tired, or not my best, Ken will usually crack a hilarious joke to remind me of how fun the environment we are in truly is! Furthermore, Ken genuinely pushes each of us to succeed in what we do and inspires me to create better art and work towards a brighter future. His dedication toward his craft genuinely is seen in his teaching, which inspires me each and every day to be the best version of myself!

What do you think someone applying to the program should know about the FSU Film School?
FSU Film truly embodies what it means to be a family. In terms of opportunity, there is no combative competition. Anyone who desires to Direct will get the chance. The same goes for any position on a film crew. If you have no experience in a certain area of filmmaking, that is no issue as the Film School is proud to have a very well-rounded teaching curriculum. Any requested equipment is granted to a student for a project and doesn’t hinder another student from receiving the same equipment for their project!

Favorite Film School Moment?
I actually have two moments so far that have stuck out to me during my first year. The first was the moment we completed orientation together, the big BFA cake was there and everyone was so happy and excited all together. My second favorite moment was the last shot of my F1, when I looked around, saw my closest friends and crew smiling at how my actor delivered his line and how complete I felt in that moment.

It’s late, you’re at the Film School working on something you need to finish before tomorrow: where are you and who are you with?
I am totally in the Droid Lab with Silver, Summer, and Janelise. We are blasting the Mean Girls soundtrack in the soundproof room grinding out our work for the next day. Even though it’s probably 1 am, we are having the best time ever.