Ottonomous Productions is Syracuse University’s first and foremost short-film organization. All projects are written, produced, edited and marketed by students. OP is always looking for new ways to grow and is open to ideas and involvement from other students about new or other projects.
We’re also known for its annual 24-hour film competition. Find out more information about it here.
It was a cloudy day in October of 2012 when Michael Sunderlin, who was walking down the staircase outside of Graham Dining Hall, stopped in his tracks. Like many other arriving freshman, he had been worrying he would never find a way to make his college experience a great one. However, on this afternoon, which wasn’t particularly nice, in this place, which wasn’t particularly special, Michael had an idea.
That December, during Prof. Lawrence Mason’s COM 107, Michael gave a pitch to 70 of his peers. His idea was to produce a web-series that would intertwine elements of reality into a fictional story, thus blurring the lines of fantasy and reality.
Several students expressed interest and offered to help develop the idea, and thus Ottonomous Productions began to evolve. Daniel Freeda, Shannon Balser, Diane Danneels and Devin Carey, along with Michael, became the original Executive Board. London Green, Ryan Kauffmann and Patrick Munnia soon joined the original team.
Ottonomous Productions is a student-run, university-recognized organization that aims to provide a platform for aspiring students to pursue their passions for creative storytelling and artistry. The organization also assist students with developing their skills in preparation for a career in the media industry.
Although Ottonomous is no longer what was first pitched in COM 107, the spirit of the idea is still preserved.
**It is our mission to help the students of Syracuse University bring their musings and dreams – their fantasies – into a visible and realized form. Whether the idea is born at the top of a majestic mountain or the bottom of a Dining Hall staircase, as long as it is filled with passion, we will work to ensure that the story is heard.
–Written by OP founder Michael Sunderlin, edited by ’16-’17 GM Lizzie Michael, given the nod of approval by ’17-’18 GM Ryan Doody
The Founding OP E-board:
General Manager and President: Michael Sunderlin
Head of Production: Patrick Munnia
Head of Post Production: Devin Carey
Head of Writing: Dan Freeda
Head of Programming: Shannon Balser
Head of PR/Advertising: Diane Danneels
Co-Head of Production: Ryan Kauffmann
Co-Head of Productions: London Green
General Manager and President: Lizzie Michael
Head of Pre-Production: Tanya Motwani
Head of Productions: Thomas Meis
Head of Post Production: Ryan Doody
Head of Writing: Fallon Siegler
Head of Programming: Emily McMurray
Head of PR/Advertising: Ankita Varman
President: Ryan Doody
Vice President: Samuel Fabbioli
Head of Productions: Bryan Sanchez
Head of Post Production: Logan Piercey
Head of Writing: Fallon Siegler
Head of Development: Gabriel Alfredo Acosta Romero
Head of Public Relations: Isabelle Marmur and Lizzy Jones
Head of Recruitment: Vanessa Ortega