Anytime North Atlanta High School senior Malcolm “Mack” Walker watches a movie, he is doing it both as a self-directed homework assignment and for entertainment.
The 17-year-old son of Desiree Robinson, who lives in west Midtown, is looking toward a career in the film production industry. He has already applied to attend New York University (NYU), where he hopes to study film production.
“I want to start my film production career as a screenwriter, as I have had a love of writing and reading since childhood,” he said. “I like to see how best I can put words together to express my ideas.”
Walker, who has a 4.08 weighted GPA, participates in North Atlanta’s SkillsUSA program, which helps students develop skills in their particular areas of interest. He has also organized a film club at the school and is a member of the National Honor Society and the National Beta Club.
Walker, who said one of his favorite films is Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 classic “Pulp Fiction,” has experienced back-to-back summers of learning the art of filmmaking, outside the state.
In 2018 he attended a program at UCLA, and this year he received a grant to NYU’s Summer Filmmakers Workshop, where he learned more about making films in classes with high school students from around the world.
Louis Alfred, Walker’s audio and visual film technology teacher at North Atlanta, said he is “undeniably talented, creative and passionate about the art of filmmaking.”
“He is very focused on the fine nuances of bringing out the best in his work,” Alfred said. “He has a very relaxed, easygoing manner that belies the driving energy underneath, which makes him exceptional in his field.”
He also said Walker is motivated, driven and cares about the feelings of others.
“Mack makes the extra effort to reach out and include other students in his projects,” he said. “He is like an ambassador (in the way) he runs his film club at our school. (He) gets along with everyone as well as having great creative instincts, being that he captures facets of the human experience whether in scriptwriting or on camera.”
Alfred also described Walker as being “masterful” in developing stories, “and I was proud to have taught him … here at North Atlanta.”