Voices and Verities

Emma Stone

“Jacob, thanks for making the greatest proposal I have ever received. I can’t tell you what an honor that was and how much I smiled through that entire beautifully orchestrated video. I’m in London working, but I hope you have the best time at prom, and I’m grateful you thought of me. P.S. I do see Gosling around the eyes.”



Emma Stone, replying to a video “promposal” by incoming Chapman film student Jacob Staudenmeier. The video, inspired by the opening scene of La La Land, has attracted more than 1.2 million views on YouTube.

Check out Staudenmaier’s video below:

Patricia Ward Kelly

“I was brought on by PBS as a researcher for a show about the Smithsonian. At the last minute they fired the writers and brought me on as a writer, and they said the new host-narrator is someone named Gene Kelly. I had no idea if that was a man or a woman. And when they were talking about this thing called Singing in the Rain that was to die for, I had no idea what they were talking about, but I wasn’t about to let on that I didn’t know.”

Patricia Ward Kelly, during her one-woman show paying tribute to Gene Kelly, her late husband, at Musco Center for the Arts.

Frank Oz

“(Good ideas) are dangerous. Saying no to them is difficult, but when you’re the director, you have to make your own mistakes.”

Frank Oz, legendary director, puppeteer and voice of Yoda, speaking to students in Professor James Dutcher’s Film Script Analysis class at Marion Knott Studios.

Jessica Barone

“If someone ever asks you what you would do differently, have a good answer and have some thought behind it, because people at Facebook, people at Google and in Silicon Valley in general, want you to push the envelope and to think about what’s going to happen next.”

Jessica Barone ’12 of Facebook, speaking to students in Beckman Hall at an event sponsored by the Career Development Center.


Howard Behar

“It looks like this thing that was magic and just went right up to the top. That’s not how it happened. We almost went bankrupt a few times.”

Howard Behar, founding president of Starbucks International, speaking to Chapman students in Argyros Forum.

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