ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 31, 2005) -- Charles Son, an Ohio University senior from Westerville, Ohio, majoring in video production, has been named a semifinalist in mtvU's "Best Film on Campus" contest, a competition that challenges college students to create a trailer for a film they would like to produce.
His short film, "Student of the Month," is one of 10 nationally selected trailers. The winner of the competition will receive a development deal with MTV Films and a home theater system.
The trailer comes from a film Son made with a classmate for a video production class. "I thought the contest would be a good opportunity to showcase it and get a chance to make the film with an actual budget and more than a two-man crew," he says. The completed film lasts about 30 minutes and will be screened on campus in January.
"I didn't hear about the contest until a few days before the deadline," Son says. He edited the film quickly, added original music from his friends, and postmarked the film right before submissions were due.
Son gets inspiration from Martin Scorsese's directorial work. "Scorsese really inspired me to play around with my parents' camcorder and try to emulate the long list of virtuoso sequences in his films," he says. "I realized how powerful and complex a film could be."
Last year's contest winner, Spencer Houck, was also an Ohio University student. His film, "Detonate," won first prize, which included an internship with MTV Films, an interview with director Joel Schumacher, and the opportunity to attend the "Phantom of the Opera" movie premiere and the Sundance Film Festival.
Students can view the semifinalists' films and vote for their favorite trailer at www.mtvu.com/contests/best_film_on_campus/2005/. Voting ends Nov. 6 and students may vote as many times as they wish.
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