The producers of student teams participating in the School of Media Arts & Studies 14th annual 48-hour Shootout will gather in Baker University Center, Room 347 at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5 to mark the official start of the film competition.
Teams will randomly draw the genre, prop and line of dialogue Friday evening that will shape their short film, then disperse immediately following the drawing to begin shooting. Teams have only 48-hours to write, cast, shoot and edit their entire short film in this competition. Therefore, meeting the Sunday, Feb. 7 deadline at 5:59 p.m., may require some intergalactic inspiration.
“We’re doing kind of a pseudo “Star Wars” theme,” Frederick Lewis, a professor in the School of Media Arts & Studies and faculty advisor for the shootout said. “One of our former students, John Swartz, is a co-producer of the “Star Wars” movie, so it’s kind of a wink and a nod to John who participated in this event.”
Swartz’s team was disqualified from a past MDIA 48-hour Shootout for missing the deadline by five minutes, Lewis said. Swartz holds a BSC ’05 from the Honors Tutorial College and an MA ’06 from the School of Media Arts & Studies.
The three-to-five-minute student films will be screened at a free event on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.
“I think it’s just a great opportunity to see how creative students can really be in a short period of time,” Lewis said. “Working together under pressure is something that all of us have to do at one time or another, so I think it’s a great example of how students adapt to those types of circumstances.”
The public is invited and highly encouraged to attend the viewing of the finished films on Sunday night. The event showcases the talent and hard work from all of the students in the School of Media Arts & Studies and is always a fun event to attend.
Original article by Maygan Beeler