Now that finals are rolling along, are you going through a period of college-inspired self-doubt, or panicking (again) about what to do for the rest of your life? Then maybe this tale of a group of Tisch film kids who started their own production company will inspire you.
Park Bench Pictures started out as a one-man project, when Tisch senior R Jameson Smith (pictured, standing)—also known as Jake—was in his freshman year. It began as a way to distinguish himself from the rest of the Tisch student filmmakers and sound more professional, says Smith, founder/CEO of the company. But as his studies at Tisch progressed, he met and started working with fellow film majors (from left) Pedro Marnoto, Nicholas Biagetti, Stuart Ruston, and Eamon Downey, and the company gradually became a serious venture. Now, they call themselves “the dream team”– or “the dream team 2.0,” Downey corrects, since Dreamworks has already taken the “dream team” title.