Media & Cinema Studies at Illinois – Coltrane Zerai-Che

Media & Cinema Studies at Illinois – Coltrane Zerai-Che


Hi, my name is Coltrane’s Zerai-Che. I am a senior Media & Cinema Studies major at the University of Illinois and I have
had passion and interest in the media, film, TV, entertainment and industry for
as long as I can remember. I love thinking about movies that I watched with
my family as a kid and the amazing memories that they brought and I also
love being a storyteller and through my passions through wanting to tell stories
and wanting to use media to connect people through representation I want to
go into film and TV production. And being a Media & Cinema Studies major at
the University of Illinois, it’s really equipped me with the tools and the
background that I need to be able to pursue my passion. My favorite class that
I took here at the University of Illinois has to be my media history
class with James Hay. I really enjoyed learning about the history of
communication and film and TV as it’s progressed throughout time, throughout
the 19th century in the United States I’ve also really loved taking Joshua
Heuman’s creative information economies class where I learned about the business
and history behind the business of the Hollywood industry and film and TV. One
other thing that I really like about the major is the option that you have to
choose your own track and you can choose your own thematic area. And my
concentration is on science technology and visualization and it has really
equipped me with this tools to think about what the future of media is like because
I want to go into film and TV production and development. I’m looking at different
platforms that are on streaming services so that’s the Netflixes, the
Hulus, the Amazon, the Apple TVs of the world and that’s where it’s all heading
so my track has really, really helped me with that and I’m so thankful and proud
to be a College of Media student, particularly a Media & Cinema Studies
student.

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