For most college film students, getting a deal with Amazon may seem like a far-fetched dream. Ithaca College junior Casey Schoch made that dream a reality when the short film she executive produced caught the attention of Amazon Prime and landed her a contract to stream it on the service for the next five years.
The film, “Dead Weight,” was produced in the spring semester of 2017 for her Advanced Cinema Production class in the Roy H. Park School of Communications. It follows the journey of a girl who must take matters into her own hands after she is stranded by her partner in a heist gone wrong.
Shoch had just finished a summer internship with the film distribution company Digital Media Rights, when one of the company’s CEOs asked if she would want her film to be available for streaming on Amazon. Before she knew it, a five-year contract was in the works.
“I really did not know how to react. In fact, I tried to remain as calm as possible,” Schoch said. It wasn’t until later that night that the reality of the situation hit her emotionally.
But before she signed the contract, Schoch knew she should get professional advice. She decided to seek guidance from faculty members Phil Blackman in the School of Business and Jack Powers in the Park School.