NEW WILMINGTON, Pa .– This fall, broadcasting students at Westminster College got hands-on filmmaking experience as they participated in the annual Pittsburgh 48-Hour Horror Film Project that challenges crews to research, shoot and mount a short film in one weekend.
Students in Kandice HartnerThe single-camera video production course split into two teams and traveled to Pittsburgh on October 1 to draw categories for the film competition, a chilling twist on the original 48-hour film project. From there, each team had 48 hours to put their horror films together before submitting them to judgment.
âIt Comes at Nightâ, selected in the âCreepy Dollâ horror category, tells the story of a group of friends who enter an abandoned building and discover chaos. Filmed at Hillside Hall on the Westminster campus, the crew was led by a sophomore Marcus Tokar from New Wilmington, Pa., and included freshmen Brittany Marburger from Evans City, Pennsylvania, Jalen douglas from Walkertown, North Carolina, Taron wilson from Sumter, SC, and Ralph branchedor from Naples, Florida; and second year students Ryan thibault from Glenshaw, Pa., and Dale sizemore from Irving, Texas.
âThe Figures,â chosen from the âSci-Fi: Invasionâ category, focuses on an alien invasion on campus. Shot in the Westminster TV studio, the team was led by junior Morgan waag from Slippery Rock, Pa., and included freshmen Maurice smith from Rivera Beach, Florida, and mason pecking from Cary, North Carolina; second year students Maxwell Robinson from Pittsburgh, Savion Boulanger from Port St. Lucie, Florida, and AndrÃ© Tedesco of Elmsworth, Pennsylvania; and senior Chris Powers from Erie, Pennsylvania.
With the help of a grant from the Drinko Center for Undergraduate Research at Westminster College, the two film crews were able to purchase SD cards, accessories and even groceries for their crews.
âWe couldn’t have afforded all of these things without the grant,â Tokar said, adding that the funding allowed them to focus on making the film by purchasing supplies in advance.
Tokar and Waag said Hartner, a lecturer at the School of Communication, guided them through the process of making the film and urged them to apply for the Drinko Center grant.
âStudents of the Single Camera course get real experience with time frames during the 48-Hour Horror Film Project. They can see what it’s like to work as a team and now have an understanding of what goes into making a short film, âHartner said.
âThis was my largest and most complex group project I have ever been on, as it required collaborative skills, technical videography equipment, and strict deadlines,â Waag said. “This festival and research experience will help me focus on responsibility, professionalism and working under tight deadlines with a large group of people.”
Films from both Westminster teams will be shown in Group A screenings at a screening at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 25 at the Tull Family Theater in Pittsburgh. Tickets will be available on the day of the ceremony and can be purchased on site. An awards ceremony will take place from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 29.
Learn more about Westminster College’s School of Communication here. For more information on the 48 Hour Horror Film Project, visit www.48hourfilm.com.
The Drinko Center for Undergraduate Research at Westminster financially supports undergraduate research through various grants aimed either at undertaking research and creative projects at Westminster College or at the external presentation and dissemination of research and creation during a conference.
For more information on the Drinko Center for Undergraduate Research, please contact Dr Karen Resendes, director, at [email protected] or visit www.westminster.edu/drinko.