Story by Brandon Richardson / Staff Writer
The silver screen lit up the faces of around 75 spectators in the LBCC Auditorium during the 8th annual Film Festival on Monday, June 2.
Commercials and narratives were the two categories for students to submit their films into.
Commercials were anywhere from 30 seconds to one minute, while narratives ran a little longer, ranging from three minutes to just under 10 minutes.
Daniel Castle, unavailable for comment, won best commercial for his “Radio Television Promotion,” while Scott Kumar, 21, an undeclared major, won for best narrative.
Kumar’s narrative, “Deadlines,” follows a young music producer forced to work out of his bedroom with a loud family at home. It was one of the more comical films, with Kumar using his own family as his co-stars.
Kumar said, “It was a big shocker. I wasn’t expecting it. There were at least two other ones that I was pretty sure would win over me, but I’m very grateful.”
Most of the films shown were made during the Film 21 class, intermediate digital film production, over the Spring semester. However, some were made in radio television classes and some were even independently made by students in their free time.
In fact, the winning submission by Kumar was one made independently of any class.
Kumar said, “This is actually the first film I’ve ever edited, directed, acted in, anything. I just did everything as easy as possible to make it work and it turned out pretty good, I guess.”
The budgets for the films produced by students are funded from their own pockets.
Eli Daughdrill, head of the film department and adviser of the Film Club, said, “They have to pay for everything. The most expensive one, I think, was around $1,400. That was the highest, but I’d say if we did the mean, the mean would probably be $400 or so.”
Eli explained that the high expenses come from food, permits, insurance, extra equipment that students may want to rent, locations, props, costumes and anything else that might be needed.
However, none of the films would be possible without having strong support and guidance from the LBCC film program.
Eli said, “We’re a pretty strong transfer program. For the second year in a row, we are sending a student to NYU, and we send students to USC, UCLA and all the state schools. It’s what we’re trying to do and we’re pretty proud of it because we’re pretty successful at it so far.”
Students have less than a year until the next film festival and they are encouraged to participate by producing a narrative, commercial, documentary or even an animated film to be submitted to Daughdrill at firstname.lastname@example.org.