Liberal Arts in the Real World
Recent Mount grads develop a Catholic film and design company
After graduating from Mount St. Mary’s University, Billy Phillips, C'12, Jennifer Gasse, C'11, and Gary Gasse, C'12, recognized the need for contemporary, authentically Catholic media with the power to engage a modern audience.
Immersed in the tight Catholic community at the Mount, they learned about who Christ is; in their classes, they learned about the transcendentals of beauty, truth, and goodness. The more they learned about their faith, the more beauty they recognized in it, and the more they wanted to share it.
So they set out to deliver a solution.
The result was Coronation, a Frederick, Maryland-based film and design company they built from the ground up — providing media creation and consultancy tailored for Catholic clients.
While at the Mount, the trio majored in theology, with second majors ranging from philosophy, psychology, or communications. While these areas of study may not seem pertinent to a film and design agency, the Mount grads realized the value of a liberal arts education in their work.
“Our studies in philosophy brought context, psychology brought an understanding of audience experiences, and communications brought creative solutions,” said Phillips. “And ultimately, it was through our theology studies that each of us found our vocation.”
A typical day in the office involves crafting projects guided not only by their work experience in creating visual media, but also by the liberal arts education that they received at the Mount.
“These things may sound lofty,” Phillips explains. “But this knowledge has propelled us to work for and with amazing people and initiatives.”
Their client list includes the Legion of Christ, Regnum Christi, The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, and many other Catholic groups and missions. Currently, they are gearing up to produce The Multitude, a series of short films — showcasing the lives of the saints, and slated for release with a well-known Catholic publisher.
“We believe the Church needs artists and creators who understand the Gospel in order to create material that is truly set apart,” said Phillips. “We want to see Catholic media succeed in the digital landscape and give clients the creative voice they need to get their message heard.”
Coronation was built to do just that.