For Chernov, acting in plays at Quinnipiac exposed him to the magical storytelling of human performances. Before he worked on the 2018 blockbuster “Black Panther” and the Star Trek franchise in Hollywood, Chernov played Curley in “Of Mice and Men” in college.
“It just touched a creative side of me,” said Chernov, who was introduced by Raymond Foery, professor emeritus. “But Quinnipiac really opened my eyes to the cinema and then I started connecting with that. I honestly didn’t know what I was going to do with my life before that.”
Nearly a half-century later, Chernov is one of the most respected minds in the movie business. As a line producer, he oversees the execution of big-budget films. He’s responsible for making sure the movie finishes on time and on budget, two of the tallest orders in Hollywood.
“I’m the physical nuts and bolts of the process. I’m in charge of the mechanics of making a movie,” Chernov said. “My job is to help make the script better and tell the best story I can within the confines of a schedule and a budget. It’s hard work. To be successful, you have to earn the trust of the studio and the trust of the crew.”