In spring 2022, Student Engagement Librarian Ray Andrade recruited the library’s first student videographer: first-year film and TV production student John Mac Menamie. John’s first project—a promotional video for Open Education Week in collaboration with ASLMU—easily surpassed our expectations. In a short matter of time, John and Ray developed video-making chemistry: all to better inform the Loyola Marymount University community about the services, programs, and wonders of the William H. Hannon Library.
Getting to know our videographer
1. Where are you and your family from?
I grew up in Torrance and Palos Verdes, California. My mother is from Long Beach with Filipino and Spanish heritage and my father is from San Pedro.
In my free time I like to go to the beach to surf, swim, and bike on The Strand with my friends. Occasionally, I like to make short films or funny music videos with them too.
3. Favorite eats?
I love Japanese food, especially ramen. Prime rib with horseradish is to die for. Filipino food was a big part of my childhood so eating homemade meals from my mom is very nostalgic for me. I’m a bit of a foodie so I’ll really eat anything and I’m never picky with what I eat.
4. Why did you choose LMU?
LMU was not my first choice of school and was the only school I was accepted into, but I am so grateful I got in. After giving the campus a drive-through tour during COVID I had already fallen in love with it more than any other school I applied to. The location and community felt safe and welcoming which made my transition to college life a breeze.
5. Why did you choose film and television production as your major?
My interest in film production started in high school when I was a part of my school’s video production and broadcast television team. It has become a passion of mine that I want to pursue as a career.
6. If you can meet any film or TV director, who would it be and what would you say to them?
I would probably choose to meet Wes Anderson because of the way he films his movies. I’d ask him how he envisions and goes about using the camera to capture the shots for his movies. I don’t really care too much about the plot or dialogue in films, but rather the way that they are filmed and what kind of visual elements go into them.
7. If you could wave a magic wand and make your life perfect, what would your career look like after LMU?
I want to be a cinematographer for films and television shows or any medium involving a camera.
8. Top 5 favorite movies?
#1 The Grand Budapest Hotel. #2 The Dark Knight. #3 Django. #4 Ip Man. #5 Surf’s Up.
9. How was your first year at LMU? Anything particularly challenging?
My first year at LMU was easier than I thought it would be. All of my teachers were super helpful and considerate which made turning in assignments a lot less difficult. The social life in my first year was great as well and I think I’ve already made some lifelong friends.
10. Do you have any advice for new students?
Don’t procrastinate. It’ll make your life a whole less stressful.
Visit our YouTube channel to discover some of the videos John has already created for us: