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Student Spotlight: Abraham Buado

Abraham Buado

Abraham Buado
Major: Motion Picture/Television

Skateboarding sparked Abraham Buado's interest in film and video production.

"I skated for 13 years of my life," he said. "I was always the guy with the camera, documenting everything. It started getting more serious when I got a newer camera in 2003 and was able to edit our footage on the first version of iMovie."

He began taking classes at College of DuPage in 2009. When his parents lost their jobs, Buado had to work and enrolled in courses only when he saved up enough money. But his parents found an innovative way to earn income, so Buado accelerated his education, and he began to flourish in the Motion Picture/Television program.

"COD helped me out a lot because it taught me so much about what a good movie is and what makes them good. And there's so much to what makes a good movie good, from screenwriting to lighting, to editing, to directing. The list is quite long," he said. "But bettering myself in all of these categories has made me a much, much better filmmaker. Before COD, I didn't even know much of that stuff even existed.

"Also, the people and the culture at COD are amazing. I've made many contacts with good teachers and students that I'm sure I'll keep in touch with for many years to follow."

Buado will earn his Associate in Applied Science in Film and Video Production in 2014. He also earned the Pharmacy Technician certificate, but his goal is to be a filmmaker. And he's ready to act on the opportunities that come his way.

"My only goal is to be the best I can be. And I know I can be great," he said. "I just want to make great movies. I love it so much that I'm never going to stop pursuing all there is to know about movies of every genre in every timeframe. That could mean going to school until I get a doctorate or stopping now and getting picked up by a big-time director and watching his every move on set.

"I'm going to be honest here: I'm not a big fan of 'goals.' For many people, reaching your goal means working hard and growing until you reach that goal -- and then flatlining. It also means you think in terms of 'one day': 'One day I'll be a director,' 'One day I'll be a star.' For me, that 'one day' is TODAY. Do I want to be a great director one day? No, I want to be a great director now, and I'm going to do what it takes to be a great director now.

"I don't want to flatline. I want to never cease growth."

Buado has the same advice for anyone interested in the MPTV program.

"Copy the good ideas, learn from the bad mistakes. But most of all, believe in yourself, but have good reason to. Arrogance will slow you down. Everybody has an idea that is brilliant. Everyone has potential for greatness. Also, always tell the truth. It's what makes a man a man."

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