Under the dim lights of Zoppelt Auditorium, more than 160 students eagerly waited to see which of the five competing teams would be crowned as winner for Best Picture of the Night.
Student Association hosted their third annual 168 Film Festival on Sunday, April 6 as the student body watched the teams’ final products come to life. From filming, to long hours of editing, teams produced a four to six minute video in 168 hours.
Different genres, ranging from comedy to western, were presented as proof of the diverse personalities involved in the competition. Laughs, moving silence and cheers reigned over the auditorium as the various videos were played.
“[The teams] did a good job at representing the different genres,” said sophomore Mary Kleinhans.
The final videos are only a glimpse of the competitors’ work. Behind cameras, teams worked throughout the week around the different members’ schedules to put together creative productions. For Director Garret Jacobs, the beauty of production is unseen.
“[In the editing room] is where all the magic happens,” said Jacobs. “You have all these pieces of footage but it doesn’t really take shape until you start putting the pieces together. At that point it can really be a hundred different things, in many different ways. You have to figure out the one way you want to say it that is the best.”
SA required the teams to work around four different guidelines: teams had to creatively integrate compromise as the theme; a stopwatch as a prop; Jane as a character’s name; and “let’s be serious” as part of the dialogue.
“Having to incorporate the theme, compromise, was a challenge,” said Director Ezra Chavez. “At first, because you go into the competition with an idea in your head about what kind of film you want to do, but then you get a surprise theme that changes your plans. All in all, it was a challenge, but after a good brainstorming session you get a whole new idea for a film.”
Despite the challenges of producing under restricted time, students successfully met their deadlines.
Freshman multi-media major Alex Bradt, entered the competition due to his passion for filming, despite having loads of schoolwork. Late nights paid off when Bradt’s team was crowned as Best Picture of the Night, along with a $400 prize for their film “High Noon.”
“I am passionate about this kind of stuff, not particularly film, but I love making videos and creative things, just being able to produce,” said Bradt. “I learned to organize my time and delegate to my team so we could do the same amount of work in less amount of time.”
Jacobs and Emma Ambos were awarded with best screenplay for “Who is More Precious.” Jacobs’ first time participating in the event showed him that the teams involved have an uplifting, healthy competition rather than one based on rivalry.
“I want to do this again next year so badly,” said Jacobs. “It is a big commitment. It is not something you should take very lightly. I encourage people that even when they are not sure how is it going to come out, or what’s going to happen, to just go for it, and try something new if it’s something you haven’t done before.”