Student Snapshot – Joshua Bowen

Introduce yourself briefly and tell me a little bit about your background. Are you an MFA or BFA?

Hello! My name is Joshua Bowen, I’m a BFA Film Production student graduating in 2024. I was born and raised in Central Florida (Lakeland, FL.) Growing up, I have always been influenced by my interests in musicality and moral ethics. Today I create stories based on the relationships others form with one another and the different levels of tension, which develop from unique scenarios. But at the end of the day, I love making stories that I would like to see on screen!

Who is your favorite Filmmaker and What is your favorite movie?
Favorite Filmmaker: Damien Chazelle | Favorite Movie: La La Land

What are you currently working on?
My thesis film: An overprotected daughter begs her cannibalistic parents not to eat her new friend in the basement. (Dark Drama)

What does your typical day look like?
I wake up and briefly exercise. Then go to any classes I have for the day at the film school. Afterward, I will work on homework, scripts, or other beneficial projects for my future, such as job opportunity requirements. Then, I end the day by hanging out with friends or watching a movie.

What has been the best part of film school so far?
Thesis Support and F3’s were a great way to meet fellow classmates and learn more about their personal aspirations and fun details involving their life. I made so many friends within a short span of time and I’m forever thankful to FSU Film that they could host this opportunity.
Which faculty member has made the greatest impression on you and how?
Keith Slade has been a major impact on how I view cinematography in film. He gave me new eyes to see how every light source is motivated, whether practically or thematically. Truly everything in the frame has a purpose. Every decision you make with the camera has a purpose.
Favorite Film School Moment?
I was thrown onto my first Thesis support show as the 1st AD, which means I was in charge of running the set protocols. If you have not met any of the seniors before… telling them all what to do is a great way to do it haha. In all seriousness, being placed into that position forced me to quickly become very friendly with them and I had just such a great time meeting the upperclassmen.
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’m in the WOPR lab with Thomas Hindy and Samuel Benitez.
We’re all huddled together, laughing and working on documents.