Red Eye Film Festival: late nights plus caffeine equals successful products

By Jasmine Zhang

Creativity and profes­sional skills are impor­tant in the movie making process. Both of them can be found in the Red Eye Film Festival at Bethany.

The Red Eye Film Festival was held on Sept. 26, 2016 by the Media Arts Department in the Theater. This was the 11th year that Red Eye has taken place. Twelve teams of participants competed from Beth­any Lutheran College, South Central College (SCC) and Minnesota State University-Mankato (MSU).

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Students from Mankato-area colleges completed their short films in only a week. The final results were aired to a record audience on Sept. 27. Photo by Jacob Stratton

The group of the partici­pants only had one week to brainstorm and shoot film. Although the time was limited, they all did well to make the audi­ence enjoy the show.

“Each student had to work with the special object and cooperate it into the story, which must be a challenge but I think everybody did a good job,” said transfer student (fresh­man) Hannah Bockoven.

Not only did the audiences appreciate the films, partici­pants enjoyed the movie making process as well. “We just really want to have a lot of fun doing it,” said Sam Shubert, the director of Just Another Origin Story.

Just Another Origin Story won the first prize in the Red Eye. “It was very comi­cal and made me laugh. It was really fun,” said fresh­man Madison Barber.

Red Eye is usually geared towards Media Arts students. Interestingly, Just Another Origin Story was made by a group of students who have different majors. While the other members study Biology, Theater and Communication, only Shubert studies Media Arts.

“Having a diversity of people from different areas expertise was our strength,” said senior David Roemhildt, the main character of Just Another Origin Story. “Each of us has different talents and ideas, so together we made a strong group.” He said that the key to their success was their diversity.

Another film, Reminiscence is a tragedy, which was shot by a group of students from South Central College and won the second prize. “It is good practice to make films under pressure and work with a team that you are not used to,” said Reva Strunk, the producer of Reminiscence.

Red Eye is a good chance to learn not only interpersonal skills but also professional skills on making film. The film that won the third prize is Fugazi, which was also made by a group of South Central College students.

Amanda Anez, who is the producer of Fugazi, said that Red Eye was definitely a learning experience. “Many members of my team had little to no experience with produc­ing videos before but everyone did a great job jumping in and learning,” she said.

Every participant enjoyed the process and the best reward to them was that their movie could make sense to the audience. Meanwhile, every group met some diffi­culties during the movie making process.

The biggest difficulty was the time crunch. Roemhildt said that only one week to make a movie was tricky. “I wrote the whole movie in one night,” said Roemhildt, “but it was really easy to stay on track, because we were all having so much fun.”

Seth Grabow, the produc­tion studio specialist, said that Red Eye is a good chance for students to really show off what they are capa­ble of with little rules and only a short amount of time to make films. “I think students sort of like that free­dom and pressure and their friends and family love to come and watch what they come up with,” said Grabow.

For those who missed the film show, currently KTV in Bethany airs the entire Red Eye show on Fridays. Moreover, Bethany Lutheran College’s Vimeo page is also available for the show.

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