Being Multicultural and fulfilling a dream

Many students dream of studying abroad and becomig multicultural, Takuma Matsuda has been accomplishing this since he was seventeen.

Takuma Matsuda, a 21 year old CSI junior, expanded his world by studying in Japan, Boston, Italy and in New York. His ultimate goal is to become multicultural and fulfill his dream of becoming an international filmmaker and photographer.

Currently, Matsuda is living in Florence, Italy through the College of Staten Island study abroad program. It is there that he plans to continue working towards his Bachelor’s degree in film making and photography. After the program is finished, he will graduate on CSI campus in 2017.

At the young age of seventeen, Matsuda was given the opportunity for the three-week study abroad program in Boston. His first trip made him realize that the world he lived in was very small. The more exposed he was to a new culture and country, the more he wanted to know.

Along the way, it was unexpected that he would make special friendships, especially ones created from the study abroad programs. While in Boston, Matsuda started an ongoing international friendship with an Italian exchange student, Nicole Floris. Despite language barriers, they both learned English together to communicate. From then on, they visited each other, back and forth from Japan and Italy.

After graduating high school and starting college in Japan, Matsuda decided to continue his education at CSI, where he realized his dream becoming a film director and studying cinema because it is not offered in Japan.

However, an inner struggle began between his desire to continue studying and his desire to continue traveling. After one year at CSI, Matsuda applied for the study abroad program in Italy, where he was fascinated before, and he is continuing his studies in cinema there.

“For me, ‘multicultural’ means being open minded to and interacting with any culture,” Matsuda said. “I have always tried to be like that.”

Even though Matsuda understands himself with insufficient ability in English, he still tries to experience something new without fear, for example, his professor of a film class introduced a film company to him, and then he applied for the staff to help a shooting for a movie. He is very active for what he wants to do no matter how he is not enough to communicate in English.

“I have to cooperate with other people in film making. Sometimes, they don’t understand what I ask them in a shooting. It makes me very irritate, but I know it’s because I don’t fluently speak English. But I just want to participate in film making anyway.”

Since Matsuda found out a similarity between filmmaking and photography, now he is also concentrating on studies of photo. Because of an influence from his favorite photographer, William Eggleston, Matsuda has a policy of his work “one object, one picture,” which led how he works on the photography to a change.

“I used to take tons of photos for just one object when I started to take pictures. But my favorite photographer, William Eggleston said ‘one object, one picture,’ it made me realize that I should not choose the best one after taking many photos, but I should create the best subject by setting lighting and position before taking” Matsuda said. “It’s the same as shooting a film, we cannot always shoot the best scene, but we struggle and try to get it.”

Matsuda prefers to take photos rather than to shoot a film for now. Photography is easier than film making because he can control everything by himself and doesn’t need to cooperate with others, but his ultimate dream being both a filmmaker and photographer would never be changed.

“I started photography because I thought it would help improve my skill for film making,” he said. “Although I more like photography for now, I still think studying photography is for improvement of ability for film. I will never forget it.”


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