(L-R) Vanessa Henning and Phy Hickey set up the lighting for their short film on location at River Park in Athens, Ohio, on Saturday, February 4, 2017. / Photo by Jorge Castillo Castro
Shootout competition challenges students to create films in two days
By Sydney Otto
ATHENS, Ohio (February 8, 2017)—This past weekend, Friday, Feb. 3 to Sunday, Feb. 5, student teams could be seen working throughout the Ohio University campus and surrounding area to produce a short film in 48 hours.
First, at 5 p.m. on Friday, one member from each team headed to Baker University Center to receive their genre of film, one required prop and one required line of dialogue. They then headed back to their team of scriptwriters and began planning their films. Throughout the weekend, teams worked on recruiting actors, finding filming locations, shooting different scenes and editing the final product.
Finally, at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, the groups gathered in Templeton Blackburn Memorial Auditorium to premiere their films for the competing teams, a panel of judges and other audience members. Each team was given the opportunity to introduce their film and explain the idea behind its creation.
Patricia Huffman, a sophomore studying integrated media, commented on how difficult but rewarding the weekend was. “It’s incredibly challenging, it pushes you to your limits, but the teamwork is probably the best part.” This was the second year she had competed with a team in the shootout. She explained that the idea for their film started with the writers and then the director took over after the script was finished.
Films were produced from several different groups of people, some of which were made up of other groups on campus. The Ohio University Game Developer Association produced an animated film titled “Reluctant Reaper.” The student organization Films & STUFF submitted their own film. 419 Productions and AVW Productions both produced films as well. There was an all-female team who still submitted their film on time despite having difficulties without a proper microphone.
Vanessa Henning, who was also a sophomore studying integrated media said that she would definitely recommend participating in the 48-hour Shootout, regardless of whether you’re a MDIA major or not. “You learn so much, not even just about producing movies, but about your friends in general.”
The team who won the 48-hour Shootout was worried about how the audience would respond to their new film. They explained that they had taken a different approach than in years before. Max Baron, a sophomore studying screenwriting and producing major, was the assistant producer and assistant director for the film. “We kind of took a very experimental route with this, but we had a really good time,” Baron said. “Everyone on the team is very qualified and this was more done for us than anything else. We really decided to go outside the lines and see what we could do.”
“I got a call from my friend Max Look at around 1 or 2 p.m. on Saturday and he said ‘Hey man, can you act in our film today?’” Patrick Connolly, a junior studying photojournalism, explained. “So, I got to be involved in their film. It’s a sci-fi film about trash. I had a brief acting career in high school musicals so I got to revive my acting career for the weekend.” He said it was great to help out his friends and have some fun.
Teams were able to submit their films for one of two categories, either the open division, comprising mostly of upperclassmen, or the freshman and sophomore division. Winners from each group were chosen after all of the films were premiered.
Team Monster Futon won first place with their film “Next Step” in the underclassmen category. The She Devils with “Laura” won second place in that category.
In the open division, OUGDA won first place with their film “Reluctant Reaper.” Empty Pockets with “48” won second place and Over Exposed Pictures with “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” won third place in that category.
A special Honorable Mention for Best Use of Project Parameters, meaning the team used their genre, prop, and quote the best, went to Goon Squad for “Bill and Dill’s New Will.”
To view a photo album of Shootout weekend, click here.
To learn more about the Shootout or the School of Media Arts & Studies major, visit http://mediaschool.ohio.edu/.