Local College Students Organize Two-Day Filmmaking Challenge

April 19-21

MARCH 28 -- April 19-21 will mark the Allan Hancock College film and video program’s fifth annual “Wired Weekend 2-Day Filmmaking Challenge.”

“Wired Weekend” challenges student-led teams to make a short movie in two days.  Participants will receive a partial script on Friday, April 19, at 4 p.m.  They have two days to finish writing, choose locations, collaborate with actors, direct scenes and edit their six-minute masterpieces.  The short films will be turned in Sunday, April 21.  They will then be judged by local production professionals.  All the films will screen Saturday, May 11, in conjunction with the college’s annual Film Fest student film event.

Each five-member team is led by a high school or college student.  The other team participants may be students or the general public, as long as they are amateur filmmakers.  First prize is $500, second is $200.  The competition is open to students and the general public in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.  Participants must have access to a video camera and computer editing.  The entry fee is $60 per team.  Download the entry form and competition rules from www.wiredweekend.com or pick one up at the fine arts department in building F on the Allan Hancock College Santa Maria campus.

It is no easy task making a film in two days.  Finding locations and achieving continuity throughout the film when actors stopped showing up were just two of the hurdles students like Jairo Valencia experienced during the challenge.  “Good vibes while working amongst determined friends provided a fun and hard learning experience for a young filmmaker such as myself,” shared Valencia.  “The diversity and expectations of it really test what you can do under tough circumstances.  Everyone hopes to win the prize, but in reality the prize is in completing the film.”

Last year’s first place winner, Thomas Howell, summed it up.  “It is an amazing event.  It teaches people to have organization, patience, and flexibility.  Even if you lose, you win.  Every film project I work on, and all the challenges and obstacles you run into, helps you learn and improve on your craft as a filmmaker.  You are only as good as your latest project.”  

This event is planned and implemented by Allan Hancock College students enrolled in a film festival class.  Sponsors include Marriot Hotel in Santa Ynez, Chumash Foundation, Trojan Petroleum and the Reel Friends of the Allan Hancock College Film and Video Program: Alexis VanNatta and Dyanna Cridelich.

For more information about the event or the film program, contact instructor Robin Smith at (805) 922-6966 ext. 3361, (805) 434-2236 or rlsmith@hancockcollege.edu.

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Last Modified Dec 10, 2014