East Grand Rapids High School Senior Wins Mobile Film Competition, Adobe mentoring package, Interlochen scholarship and $1,000 cash

East Grand Rapids High School’s Xiangyu Chen approaches filmmaking with a seamless blend of art and science. His talents were rewarded with a first-place prize in the 2020 Mosaic Mobile film competition for his short film “Possibility of Success.” The grand prize includes $1,000 cash, mentoring sessions with Adobe professionals with the possibility of his […]

2020 Mosaic Event Recap

A uniquely inspirational 2020 Mosaic Event is in the books for hundreds of students across the country. Due to COVID-19, the Mosaic Film Experience (MFE) brought its annual event online to ensure students could both practice social distancing and still engage with world-class creative and digital media talent. MFE, which celebrates a decade of celebrating […]

2020 Mosaic Mobile Winner Profile: Xiangyu Chen

Xiangyu Chen’s approach to filmmaking is a seamless blend of art and science. And he’s got back-to-back Mosaic Mobile awards to prove it. Xiangyu, a senior at East Grand Rapids High School, took home first place in this year’s Mosaic Mobile film competition. His short film “Possibility of Success” won him: $1,000 from MFE, mentoring […]

Mosaic Mobile 2020 Recap

Give a student a mobile phone, and they’ll give you an award-winning movie. That’s exactly what students did at this year’s Mosaic Mobile film competition. Mosaic Mobile is the Mosaic Film Experience’s (MFE) annual mobile filmmaking contest. One of the benefits of having students leverage mobile technology to shoot and edit a film is that it levels […]

Mosaic Spotlight: Cass Taylor

The lack of access to creative technology tools is one of the main reasons inner-city students don’t get a shot at pursuing creative technology careers. However, that barrier won’t be a problem for the students participating in Mosaic Mobile this year, thanks to Cass Taylor, Creative Producer at Adobe. Mosaic Mobile is an annual mobile […]

Mosaic Sponsor Feature: Fifth Third Bank

There’d be no Mosaic Film Experience (Mosaic) without the generosity of our West Michigan community and allies. One community member who’s teamed up with Mosaic in a more hands-on-way this year is Patrick Lonergan, the Senior Vice President of Fifth Third Bank and a new member of Mosaic’s steering committee. “I’ve been overwhelmed by the […]

Mosaic Spotlight: Skot Welch

Skot Welch had never been to a film festival when he decided to start one. Nine years later, Skot’s Mosaic Film Experience (Mosaic) is coming up on a decade of beautiful creativity that’s brought the hands-on world of filmmaking to an entire generation of West Michigan students. Mosaic’s three programs are: • The Mosaic Event: […]

Mosaic Spotlight: Derk Baartman

One of Derk Baartman’s favorite aspects of the Mosaic Film Experience (Mosaic) is this: he gets to provide today’s students with creative opportunities he wishes he had as a student. Derk, Vice President of Mosaic, has been involved with the organization and its annual event for about eight years. When he’s not running Mosaic’s operations […]

2020 Mosaic Event Speaker Profile: Nikk Franklyn

If you’re looking for a job in sports, there’s a lot you can learn from a film editor like Nikk Franklyn. Nikk is no ordinary film editor. He’s a live sports replay editor and broadcast technician, responsible for replays and editing during sporting events. As a supervisor, he handles the setup and logistics for video […]