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Successful senior to attend film school

Netflix to hire interns from University of New Mexico

Adria Cooper, Features Editor
Originally published June 11th, 2021

Photo courtesy of Ella TippingTipping and former Ballard student Sandro Rios in action

Photo courtesy of Ella Tipping

Tipping and former Ballard student Sandro Rios in action

Will the next great cinematographer be among the class of 2021? Senior Ella Tipping may be just that. Next year she will start studying Film and Digital Arts at the University of New Mexico. 

This is quite the great opportunity for Tipping as Netflix is set to expand their studios to Albuquerque where they will bring in film students to be interns. In an interview over text Tipping reflected on her career goals: “My career goal at the moment is to work as a cinematographer on a TV show but of course a big time goal is to be involved on a big movie set.” So, being close to a Netflix studio would help her reach this goal.

Tipping is already on her way to being a standout in the film industry. “This year I have been nominated in the North West regional Emmy awards for best cinematography,” Tipping said. Her film “It’s All Fun and Games,” was released as a Nomination on May 14 and the winners will be announced on June 5.

But how did Tipping get to this point? She started her journey in film in middle school but says she “started taking it seriously” her sophomore year. “At first it was really just checking a box on a piece of paper thinking it could be cool, but once I really started using the cameras and telling stories it made me realize it’s something I have a real passion for,” Tipping said.

Not only is Tipping successful at Film, she also enjoys it. “I’ve always enjoyed filming horror movies as it’s such a fun genre to edit,” Tipping said. 

Even during the busy time with the school year ending and graduation approaching, Tipping is still cranking out the films. “Right now I’m working on a film called ‘A Letter to No One in Particular’ written by my classmate Jackson Kutilek,” she said. 

With summer break approaching, Tipping will have more time to work on her passion. “My plan for the summer film wise is to expand my portfolio and hopefully film some things I’ve never been able to try.”

Be sure to look out for the award winners for the Northwest Regional Emmy awards on June 5 and definitely watch out for Ella Tipping as she continues to succeed. Who knows, maybe someday you’ll be able to say you went to high school with a famous person.

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