Six student-produced short films earned accolades at the 13th annual Shootout Premiere on Feb. 1, at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium on the main campus of Ohio University in Athens.
Fifteen teams of students from the School of Media & Arts Studies competed as upperclassmen and underclassmen groups for the prize of “incredible prestige” as Professor Frederick Lewis describes it.
On Jan. 30, the teams were given a prop, a line of dialogue, a genre, and only 48 hours to create a 3- to 5-minute film. At 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 1, teams gathered to view each other’s work with a panel of judges to decide the winner.
“It is a very unifying event for the School of Media Art & Studies,” Lewis, who directs the event. “There’s a lot of bonding that occurs during the stress of creating the film.”
Winners in the upperclassmen group were “Bicycle Day” produced by team Bedford Films, first place; “Blank CD” by team Small Part of OUGDA, second place; “Empty Vessel” by Cinematree Studios, third place; and “Foreplay” produced by team Cereal Sauce, honorable mention.
The underclassmen pool winners were “Somewhere They Can’t Find Me” produced by team Hawaiian Log Spitters, first place; “Next” by team Dead Uncle, second place; “Spin Cycle” by team Playtime, third place.
“The best thing someone can hope for during shootout is to work with a crew that cares about the project,” said Mitchell Matacia who was first assistant camera on the film “Empty Vessel.”
“Everyone I worked with on set was hardworking and had such positive energy… The people you work with become so important in this process of feeling excited about filmmaking. They are the ones who push you, and you can learn a lot in 48 hours.”
A panel of four judges critiqued the films by creativity and who stayed within the lines of requirements when it came to props and line of dialogue. Judges for the upperclassmen group were Eddie Ashworth, associate professor, School of Media Arts & Studies; David Urano from University Communications and Marketing (UCM); and Andie Walla, also from UCM. Judges for the underclassmen group were Kate Raney, visiting professor, School of Media Arts & Studies; and Jeremy Bessoff, adjunct faculty, School of Media Arts & Studies.
“The Shootout is a great way for students to work together under extremely tight deadlines and learn what it’s like to be a part of a production team,” Urano said.
“I saw some interesting films and a lot of potential last night, and it’s always exciting to be a part of it. It’s interesting and entertaining to see what students produce in 48 hours. I admire their hard work and efforts.”
Original Article by Ellis Wallinger.
Photos by Sabrina Schaeffer.