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48-hour Shootout: ‘A competition of caffeine-fueled creativity’

Feb 14, 2013

48-hour Shootout: ‘A competition of caffeine-fueled creativity’


By Kerry Tuttle

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 14, 2013)—The annual 48-hour Shootout, a student competition open to all OHIO students and sponsored by the School of Media Arts and Studies, is back for the eleventh year in a row, with the competition beginning Friday, Feb. 15, at 6:30 p.m.

At that time, students on 25 registered teams will draw the genre, prop and line of dialogue that they will be required to integrate into a short film. What follows this selection process is a caffeine-fueled, adrenaline-pumping dash to the finish with a public viewing and judging panel on Sunday night at 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium.

“It gives students an opportunity to work together under pressure,” said Associate Professor Frederick Lewis, a faculty advisor for the Shootout. “You find out what you’re made of under all that stress.”

Mike Mytnick, one of the event producers, hinted at the level of stress by explaining how in the past some participants will run to Memorial Auditorium with their computer in hand as it is burning a DVD to turn it by the deadline. “No one sleeps. It’s crazy,” Mytnick said.

Teams predominantly consist of students from the School of Media Arts and Studies and can range from five to 30 people depending on personal preference. Some students prefer the large group effort that has defined roles for all members. Smaller teams have more fluid positions, with each team member doing a little bit of everything.

According to Lewis, it is the only time that the entire school comes together for an event. “This experience fosters good relationships, and students stay in touch afterward. It creates a sense of community.”

Jessica Rovniak, an event producer for the Shootout, compared it to Christmas, explaining that media students wait for it all year long. “This is an invaluable experience to have as a media student. It challenges you to be creative, work on your feet, problem solve and work with other media students collaboratively. Everything you need to be a successful media professional, you exercise in this competition.”

The public is invited and highly encouraged to attend the viewing of the finished products on Sunday night. The event showcases talent from all students of the School of Media Arts and Studies and is very fun to watch, according to Rovniak.

“The creativity that comes with some of these projects is just astounding and a real blast to see unfold.”