Students & Parents

Woman Behind the Camera

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 6:00pm
Stouffer College House- Mayer Playroom

Why are there so few women working as camera operators?  According to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, in the top 250 films of 2014, women accounted for only 5% of cinematographers.

Alumni Mikaelyn Austin never paid much attention to those statistics while attending Penn, and she certainly didn’t let it deter her from pursuing a career behind the camera after graduating in 2004.  In fact, the former captain of the Penn Quaker Women’s Basketball team dove into her profession of choice head first, successfully producing a feature-length documentary on the historic Palestra that aired on ESPN when she was just 23 years old.  Fast-forward ten years, and this modern day Rosie the Riveter hasn’t slowed down a beat, always equipped with a camera in hand!  As Founder, Executive Producer & Director of Photography for Philly Philms – a boutique multi-media production company – Mikaelyn’s work has been featured on every major TV network in Philadelphia.  She has lead her company in developing and producing video content for national clients like American Express, the ALS Association, and Norwegian Cruise Line, and she recently became the first female in Citizens Bank Park history to operate a live dugout camera for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Join Mikaelyn on Wednesday, October 14th to learn more about her journey down the road less traveled and to hear her Top 5 pieces of advice to building a successful career in a non-traditional profession!