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Adam Imada '06 Continue to run "Shinkansen" at Sony Pictures Entertainment

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This is the kind of story that usually only happens in movies.

With a degree in Film Studies from Chapman University, Adam Imada ’06 began his career 15 years ago in the mail room at Sony Pictures Entertainment. He is currently Executive Director of Production and Post Solutions.

“It was a very interesting ride,” says Adam. “I started in a healthy shipping department and moved in two years to inventory, billing, junior engineering and then administration. So it was a steep learning curve.”

Adam manages the department responsible for deploying and supporting image editing systems for film and television production. This is the hardware and software that image editors use to assemble movies in post-production. His department also oversees production sound on the Culver City lot.

During his tenure, he supported more than 400 productions for the Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, including Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems, and Sony Pictures Television, producing theatrical hits such as “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and “Bullet Train.” . TV shows such as “The Blacklist,” “The Good Doctor,” and “The Boys.”

Adam is married to Chapman alumnus Jennifer Graham Imada ’09, who is a television writer and producer. He said, “Outside of work, I’m a mediocre husband and father. I’m trying to teach my 3-year-old daughter how to play Mario Kart, and my son is 1 and just started walking, so there’s a lot of high-risk boredom.” My wife joked that I was addicted to burritos, but realized that most of the local Chipotle staff recognized me and didn’t have to ask me what I wanted to eat anymore. After that, I think the joke is turning into a real concern.”

We asked him about his time at Chapman and how it affected his career.

Who is Chapman’s most influential person? Why?

Professor Michael Kowalski and Professor Harry Cheney both made the most memorable impact While going to Chapman. I remember enjoying their classes.They both approached me. Movies and television with such a positive attitude. I also learned a lot in their class. I am interested in sound work.

If you could go back in time and relive your Chapman moments, what would it be?

No specific moment, but the first few months were fun. Freshman. If I wanted to do more outside my comfort zone, Could live it again.There’s Something Magical When You Find It On A group of people on similar boats and your own.For me it was the right combination Excitement, freedom, fear, naivety.

What do you know now that you wished you had known when you graduated? What advice can you give today’s students and recent graduates?

I can only speak from personal experience. Target. Looking back, I wish my focus wasn’t so narrow. If I could start over I would have enrolled in a class that had absolutely nothing to do with my ultimate goal.I think It’s important to immerse yourself in areas that can be counterintuitive. Helped me develop a more balanced perspective and introduced me to A group of people you wouldn’t otherwise meet.

How did Chapman prepare your career? For a living? How did your experience prepare you for the real world?

I would like to think that I learned a lot in class. Equally important was the The people and relationships I built while I was there.i know it without them There is no way I am where I am today.

Were there any major social issues in our country/world that you perceived or faced as a young college student?

I feel lucky. I don’t remember many social issues when I was a college student. Or am I just remembering the old days with rose-tinted glasses?