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Also, the size of the campus and student body helped me develop skills to work with various types of people and handle myself in large groups. Just as importantly, many of the teachers provided a solid base of support and I continue to remain in contact with a lot of them, and have found them to be equally supportive post high school. MA: Is there anything that you learned at M-A that you really appreciated? DE: I’d say my favorite class was Government with Mrs. Martinelli because the curriculum was so vast in scope, in fact it inspired me to be a political science major at UCLA. Doing her final research paper substantially improved my analytical thinking as well as my research and writing skills. These skills have been invaluable, both in my career and throughout college. MA: What is the most prestigious or amazing event or experience that you have had in terms of your career so far?

MA: Is there anything that you know now that you feel would have been important to know in when you were in high school? DE: I would say not underestimating the value of what is being taught. During high school some classes felt boring or irrelevant, but I have found that for the most part if I did not take a class seriously, at some point I had to play catch up to make up for it. MA: How has being the production manager of such a successful movie as Alpha and Omega 3D affected your life?

“Explore your interests and find something that you are passionate about” -Daniel Engelheardt

DE: The most exciting event for me was when we premiered “Palo Alto, CA” at the Tribeca Film Festival. It was a true New York City red carpet experience, photographers and all, with the entire cast in attendance and the screening was overbooked to the point where I had to give up my seat. This was the culmination of a lot of hard work and it was such a thrill to see the goal my partners and I had when we started the venture finally realized. This led to the sale of the movie, which was another major milestone.

DE: I learned a lot from being involved with “Alpha and Omega” and it has given me the opportunity to continue to be involved with Lionsgate. Hopefully the lessons I learned will allow me to expand my role on our next project and provide a foundation on which I can continue to build my career. MA: Any advice to the students of M-A about high school in general?

DE: My advice would be to explore your interests and find something that you are passionate about. I think it has been a real blessing for me to know what I wanted to do from such an early age. It allowed me to start laying the groundwork for my career in high school and definitely accelerated the process of achieving my goals.

MA: Have you accomplished any of your high school aspirations/dreams so far in your career? DE: Yes, in high school I hoped to eventually produce a feature length film, which I accomplished with Palo Alto, CA. Also, I always hoped to work at Lionsgate, which I am doing now. I have been very lucky in my career so far.

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The MArk October 2010  
The MArk October 2010  

This is the October edition of Menlo-Atherton's student magazine. Doesn't the weather make you want to curl up by the fire with a nice copy...

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