Sixth College Video Production Club was created in 2003 as a support network for student filmmakers. It was a simple club in which analyzing scenes in films was just one of the ways members helped each other with each video project. Among the members in 2004, included Wesley Chan, known as an integral member of WongFu Productions. VPC’s primary function was to host the Sixth College All-Campus Film Festival, which later evolved into the Annual Digital Film Festival.
In 2005, the club hit a rough patch until Graham Lee, who became Director of VPC and who was heavily involved with Muir Movie Productions, decided to recruit members and got it running again. However, VPC could not have developed without Kent Ngo, Ustav Gupta and Vishal Kotcherlakota who expanded the organization, moving the Digital Film Festival from Pepper Canyon Hall to Price Center Theater. With VPC’s growth, they brought in a growing amount of members enthusiastic about film and videomaking and even changed the club’s constitution allowing elections for an officer core. This allowed Aron Korney to become the first Visual Arts Media major as president in 2007. With him, VPC moved into a more professional level, entering in film festivals and competitions.
Following Aron was Drew Mandinach, who created the Racialization in the Media Lecture Series. In response to events in the aftermath of the Compton Cookout, the series was created in 2010 to bring awareness to racial, gender and other issues on identities in main stream media. Since then, Drew brought out multiple speakers which can be viewed here. VPC also upgraded to a more efficient momentum producing and uploading more videos than it ever has before. Not to mention, Drew was also part of the Sixth College’s 10th Anniversary Committee in 2012, which worked in organizing Conan O’Brien’s visit to UCSD, a historic event for Sixth College. Before Conan O’Brien’s visit, Drew helped VPC host a visit by Rodman Flender, director of Conan Can’t Stop to promote not only the Conan O’Brien event for the college, but also to successfully boost Video Production Club’s popularity.
Diana Li, trained by Drew Mandinach, was the first female president of VPC, who continues to bring organization to the club. In 2011-12, Drew, Diana, along with Vice President Annette called themselves DAD (Drew, Annette, Diana), setting a new efficient tone to the officer core by adding new positions and retaining members. Leading into its tenth year, Video Production Club continues to grow.