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Senior Spotlight: Class of 2022 Student Matvey I.

Hi Matvey, can you tell us more about yourself?

My name is Matvey Izmaylov, and I am from Russia. I am currently a senior here at TGS. Since I was little, I have liked creating different videos and sometimes posting them on YouTube, but since coming to TGS, I’ve developed that hobby and leveled it up.

For my personal projects, I enjoy experimenting with different aspects of filmmaking, including creating short films, 3D animations, and more. I’ve also implemented videos in other aspects at TGS, including mastery proposals and the teacher-led modules.

What’s a fun fact about yourself?

A fun fact about me is that I have heterochromia, meaning my right eye is half blue half brown.

What have been the highlights of your TGS experience, both academically and non-academically?

The main highlight of my TGS experience is how all of the experiences have broadened my horizons and helped me develop my personality and understand concepts like core values, mentality, and creativity. Also, being away from home most of the time has shown me the importance of my home life and how to value that more. TGS has allowed me to develop my passions and find my path in life.

Academically, TGS has given me the skills of self-learning, self-assessment, and in-depth research. Learning has always been a journey to the unknown, thus exciting and beneficial. Also, project-based learning is an amazing opportunity to have hands-on experiences and develop your knowledge into a skill.

Do you have a favorite teacher-led module or personal project that you’ve worked on?

My favorite project so far is my short film “Dance with the Devil,” as it was really entertaining and complex at the same time. It has been an ongoing project for almost a year and is connected to my mastery.

I decided to create a short film one day and started reaching out to friends if they wanted to participate or not. Luckily I gathered a big group, and in June, we started filming. The filming process took more than a month, and then it came to editing, which also was a long process. I felt great when I finally finished it, and I was proud of all of the hard work my friends and I had done. I experimented with multiple software and editing programs and had an opportunity to look into the film production process on various stages. I’d proven my passion once again, which makes me feel really happy.

What has been your favorite travel experience so far? Is there a place you would like to visit, either with TGS or on your own?

I liked our term in Mexico due to the amount of amazing experiences. We did a lot of spiritual and healing practices. I was able to feel their effect on me, which has shifted my whole perspective on such practices that I wasn’t really believing in before. Also, we had an awesome experience when we released the turtles into the wild in the sanctuary, which I will never forget.

Another country that I would like to visit is Japan. I am fascinated by their culture, and I would love to discover it. Also, the food in Japan is great 🙂

You’ll be graduating this year — what plans do you have post-TGS?

Lucky me — I can share some awesome news! Last year I applied for the Moscow Film School “Industry,” and one day before the new year, I got confirmation that I had been accepted. I will study a course on VFX (visual effects artist). After this, I plan to study abroad and get a diploma in filmmaking as a film director. I will keep challenging myself and developing in that direction by diving into the film industry. Look for my name in a Hollywood blockbuster one day.

I can’t say how grateful I am to TGS for the chance to find my passion and grow. It could never have happened if not for our amazing educators and peer students. So thanks to everyone from all my heart!

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Ready to embark on the educational journey of a lifetime?

A passion for travel. A strong academic record. And the desire to improve the world as you experience it. If this sounds like you, you just might be our ideal candidate! Start your application with a five-minute inquiry form - you never know where you might end up.

It all starts here.

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