Student filmmakers compete in annual Panic Film Festival

(Photo provided by Taylor Clock)
(Photo provided by Taylor Clock)

The 4th annual Panic Film Festival, an event requiring students to produce films in 48 hours, wrapped up last Saturday with a screening in the Campus Center auditorium.

“Unfortunately, a lot of teams that registered didn’t complete their films in the 48 hour time requirement,” Jessi Partridge, the festival coordinator said, “We had 18 teams register, 12 films submitted, and eight films eligible for competition.”

This year was the first festival that one of the requirements was a sound effect. They had to include a rack focus, a line of dialogue that was given to them, and a certain prop.

Of those films, only one winner is chosen by judges. Jake Dodd, one of the  judges, said that they considered writing, production design, cinematography, sound and costume/makeup in their deliberations. After looking at all of the films, he felt that the productions were at the 50 percent mark, meaning that 50 percent of them were very strong.

“Out of the eight [we judged on] four were really good, if not the best we’ve seen for this festival so far,” Dodd said. This is his second time judging the Film Festival since 2011.

For viewers watching, especially new comers, the Panic Film Festival is a unique challenge. Sophomore Paige Hanley enjoyed her first time at the Festival.

“I thought the film festival was great,” Hanley said. “I liked watching the movies right after each other. It [made] it easier to compare and contrast them instead of having breaks in between.”

For people coming back and seeing Panic for more than just the first time, it’s still a thrill.

Junior Kelsey Valentin has gone to Panic every year. “I was really happy that so many people had entered into panic,” Valentin said. “I think every year it evolves and gets better.”

The winner of the film festival was senior Brian Riley and his crew for their film “In Between Days.”

“We all collaborated on the idea,” Riley said. They filmed their movie for 13 hours and it ended up being the ultimate winner from both the judges and the audience choice.

Riley said he was surprised when they won.

“I hadn’t won one yet,” said Riley.

The film was about the last few days of a boy’s life. Death is seen in black clothes, following him, indicating that he is going to die soon. Through a series of scenes, we get further up the car to reveal the dead boy at the end. The movie was filmed similarly to “Momento” by Christopher Nolan, where a viewer didn’t know the full story until the                  next scene.

Even fellow competitors enjoyed this film very much.

“The first place award winning group had an amazing experimental piece,” said senior Ryan Farmer, whose “Coulrophobia” was also entered into contention. “The quality was very sharp and the camera movements were precise.”

Dodd said that the top three winners were his favorites. The winners were “In Between Days,” “The Horla” and “Reunion” coming in third. Sophomore, Max Fehr who was a part of “Reunion” said he was surprised considering the quality of the other competing films.

“There were a lot of good (films) this year,” Farmer said. “Regardless of the judging, everyone should be proud.”

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