Sophie Mitchell was the first recipient of the Justin Amorratanasuchad Scholarship. She was a 2012 graduate of The Center School, a public high school in Seattle. In Sophie’s words (from November, 2018):
Since receiving the scholarship, I graduated from Bournemouth University with a bachelor's degree in Film Production and Cinematography. Upon graduation, I moved to New York City for an internship at a production company called Anonymous Content. During that time and after months of taking on any on-set opportunities I could, other internships and working in a restaurant, I found myself taking on a runner (client services) position at a post production studio called The Mill.
I've been at The Mill for three years now and worked up from a couple client services positions to Production Coordinator, then to Associate Producer, and to my recent promotion to a Post Producer. Visual Effects is not the career turn I anticipated but I am grateful for the experience of working in this highly creative field.
On the side, I still spend my time writing scripts, working on independent shoots when I can and being involved in creative communities around the city. There's still a lot to aspire to and I'm still so thankful to have been awarded this scholarship as it allowed my 18-year old self the confidence to identify as a filmmaker, and thank you for reminding me once again.
Sophie was the winner of The Center School’s 2011 Intermediate Film Student Award for Achievement and the NFFTY 48-Hour Film-Off Award. Her work received an Award of Excellence and an Honorable Mention at the 2012 Northwest High School Film Festival. Sophie was also a member of the National Honor Society.
Sophie used the scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year at Bournemouth University. Here are Sophie’s comments upon receiving the JDogg Scholarship in 2012:
Film has had an immense impact on how I view myself and how I view the world. I have developed skills that have provided me with the self-confidence I never had but always needed and has helped to further my voice in a whole new light… Film has changed the way our society runs and film has truly impacted how we get our information.
In my opinion the biggest and most important issue in film making today is diversity. What I would love to help do is change the disproportionate system and allow people who never thought their dreams could come true, have the confidence to make them come true, like myself. I aspire to educate people not just by speaking and writing, but by inspiring people by the movies I someday will make and sharing my story… Thank you for this amazing opportunity.