As a member of the varsity women's crew team and a passionate film buff, Beth York shatters the stereotypical image of computer science majors. With the goal of working in the film industry, York already has two internships under her belt with Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures' Imageworks. The budding filmmaker portrays the new face of computing in the Georgia Tech College of Computing.
"My passion is film. With my studies at Georgia Tech and internships, I am determined to break into the film industry," says York. "I try to incorporate what I love to do in my work—whether it be on the water at crew practice, making computer science fun as a teaching assistant, or having adventures both in and out of the classroom. I believe that by working in the film business, I can make a positive impact on people with the stories I tell."
At the first annual College of Computing iMovie Competition Red Carpet Premiere and Awards Ceremony, a digital film short directed by York won both first place and the People's Choice Award. York and her film competition teammates, Bradley Herrmann, Matt Bigelow, Audrey Southard, and Christine Dreas all took home laptop computers as their prizes.
The competition required student filmmakers to answer the question, "What does 'The New Face of Computing' mean to you?" Her winning video, entitled "Scripted," features a chase sequence, a rap about the computer programming term recursion, and a profile of director York, who also works as a teaching assistant for an introductory computing class. Teams were given one week to shoot and edit their films using digital cameras, laptop computers, and editing software. View the winning film short at http://www.cc.gatech.edu/events/imovie/.