Romain Dagnan was bord in 1991 in Paris. He has always loved music since he was a kid. His first experience was to try to make songs on an old Macintosh with guitar and voice while he was in high school, and mostly trying to impress his girlfriend with his covers.
Then someday, his father bought a piano to get back to it after 20 years without playing. This is where Romain began to learn the piano while trying to reproduce the Yamaha’s demos all evening long for a few months, until he could play the Turkish March. This music passion never left him, however he began Engineer studies for 5 years, as he did not even imagined composing music could be a real day job. After he finally got his diploma, he decided to get a chance, and did not start to work as an engineer but began to launch his career into the music industry. After a concert of Ennio Morricone in Paris, he really felt the intensity of orchestral music, and was at this very moment convinced of his passion for harmony and classical music composition. The first experiences he had were Escape Games soundtracks, for which he composed one hour music themes for. He has worked with 25 of them in France and abroad. After this, the idea was to compose for short films or other small projects to get to the level he wanted and to be able to respond to more ambitious orders. It would be a lie not to tell that the idea of giving up has more than one time been an option in his mind.
After one year, he met his first synchronisation editor who accepted to publish his music for documentaries and TV shows in his international library. That was a first opportunity to earn constant incomes from his music. During this period, he also had a documentary contract and a few other specific projects.
Two years after he began, and maybe four times quitting before getting back to it, he had got a call from a New Zealand Director, Craig Newland, who proposed him to pass a score composition test for a few scenes of his next feature movie. After a few days composing the music, Romain sent him the cues. The Director liked his music and decided to officially hire him for the entire movie original score. This was a first step into the film industry and the opportunity to record his music in studio with top strings musicians.
Today, Romain works with several Directors and producers for different media projects, he also has four editors and more than 80 tracks on specialized libraries. What he enjoys the most is to continue learning every day and to feel he can give people a nice emotional experience through his music approach.
I am majoring in film studies and minoring in creative writing at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. Choosing film as my career path was not a decision that came easy to me. For the longest time, I struggled throughout my freshman year of college choosing a major. I ultimately decided the best decision for myself in that point in time was to take a year off to rediscover what I enjoy. With this time off, I recognized that I found myself watching film reviews on YouTube everyday, as well as film analyses. I also was able to become in touch with my creative side again and began filming my friends every weekend and edited the clips. As cliché as it sounds, one day it all came to me, I realized that I could turn my passions into a career. During this time, I was also moving and while sifting through old memories within my childhood home I found old mystery stories I wrote while in elementary and middle school. I also found a camera from when I was middle school and every single video included me directing my family members to say or do certain things so I could get “the perfect shot.” My career path was always right in front of me, but for some reason it took me almost two decades to identify it.
One interesting occurrence that has happened to me while working toward my career goal is that I was able to virtually attend an Oscars Zoom meeting, specifically called, Careers in Film Summit: Halloween Edition. It was an all day event that had various speakers discussing animation, music in horror films, production, and how to further our careers. The best surprise about this meeting was that Jamie Lee Curtis and Tobin Bell joined to give their insight on horror. There was also a chat feature in which all the students shared social medias and created a group chat on Discord, therefore, we will always have each other to network as well as go to for advice.
My overall career goal is to be a producer. I first want to work in production and on set prior to becoming a producer to gain more experience. I will be able to offer my ability to troubleshoot in high intense situations because as a general manager at Flight Fit N Fun, I ensured every party of the day was completed within the designated time frame. If one party ran five extra minutes, the whole schedule for that day would be skewed, so I know the importance of the saying “time is money.” When the workflow changed abruptly, I would switch the roles of the employees to best benefit the situation at hand. It is a very collaborative effort. The business side of being a general manager also relates to being a producer. I create schedules, budgets, keep track of revenue, and ensure that our company is always in accordance in the state guidelines. All of these tasks are components of being a producer as well. I want to not only bring my skills to a future job, but my drive as well.
I started as a writer mainly due to my interest in telling a story. I was introduced to writing by my teachers in high school when they complimented my writing. When I discussed projects with my family, they said that I had good writing and use of language. As such, I decided to explore this and see for myself if I had real talent. When I entered college, I discovered the opportunity to write for my college newspaper, The Delphian. Here I mainly write editorials about specific topics, namely the coronavirus. As I continue to write for the paper, I discover how much I enjoy writing editorial pieces. The more I write, the more I find my passion for this type of writing. I particularly enjoy sharing my opinion on important topics and sharing information so people can make informed decisions. However, I enjoy the idea of writing ideas that people actually think is worth publishing. It was not easy, however. I struggled to find my voice as a writer. I was not sure what I could write, and I started to doubt whether I was smart enough to write it.
As I wrote, however, my doubts began to subside. Though it wasn’t always easy to write, it becomes easier with access to new experiences. This is part of the reason why I am passionate about writing it gives me a place to discuss the thoughts and opinions that I can’t express otherwise. Writing became my passion because of the storytelling opportunities. It also allows me to follow my passions, like filmmaking. Throughout high school, I always appreciated what stories could be told using film. As I began studying the technical aspects of filmmaking, I appreciated the ability to tell a visual narrative alongside a written one. Once I was able to build a short film myself and was able to experience what it is like crafting the narrative I want to tell and how to show it, I found my passion to pursue this for my future. Aside from the storytelling capabilities, I am passionate about the type of stories you can tell. Filmmaking can give the truth about something or explore the feeling the director might be feeling. To explore this further, I started a blog to analyze my thoughts regarding the industry. This has helped me to identify filmmaking techniques that I have possibly yet to consider for projects of my own, as well as different storytelling elements. By writing my thoughts, I was able to identify and connect with the aspects of the film industry that I came to love so much. It also inspired me to use the ideas I have been exposed to and try to use them in a project of my own. This is also good practice to continue writing screenplays and formulating ideas. From The Delphian, my blog, and my future project, I have skills in content writing and creative writing. This gives me the ability to tell if a story flows well or needs to be revised. I can also provide feedback on visual storytelling, and if the given image could work.