Pauline L. Shongov

Class of 2018

Hometown: Phoenix, Ariz.

What is your College Scholar project?
The focus of my College Scholar Program on the Cognitive Semiotics of Film involves the intersection of film, literature, and psychology in an analysis of the human perception, cognition, and behavior of both viewer and filmmaker to better define the cinematic experience. I am interested in researching what types of systems of codes for decoding cinematic sequences already exist, identifying their limitations, and fashioning my own system of codes specifically for independent and international films. I am also studying types of experiences, how different mediums in art filter experience, and how that experience may change from medium to medium, from filmmaker to viewer. 

My research in the College Scholar program extends into my research as a Rawlings Presidential Research scholar with a focus on English and philosophy. My short film moloko was officially selected and screened at the Ivy Film Festival (Spring 2015). I received the Harum Prize for Students of Slavic Languages (Spring 2016) and will be attending the Telluride Student Film Symposium this coming Fall. 

What do you dream of doing after graduation?
I hope to continue working as an artist, filmmaker, and writer.