Students showcase movie-making prowess

Students showcase movie-making prowess

Campus MovieFest was on Thursday, Oct. 27.

Students gathered in Ursa Major at the Bronco Student Center on Thursday, Nov. 3 to view five-minute movies created by their peers for the annual Campus MovieFest competition.

Taking part in the world’s largest student film festival, Cal Poly Pomona students got the chance to showcase their movie-making prowess.

Although only 15 of Cal Poly Pomona’s top movies were screened, 49 teams signed up for this year’s competition, marking an increase of student involvement and collaboration from last year’s 15 teams.

Taking home awards for Best Picture, Best Drama and Best Comedy were “The Vestige,” directed by Brian Marsh, “Fronti Nulla Fides,” directed by Cliff Chang and “The Shredders,” directed by Mark McDaniel, respectively.

The winning movies will be screened in Hollywood next June with winners from other universities nationwide.

“It’s pretty cool, I wasn’t really expecting anything,” said Marsh. “I rushed everyone because I didn’t know [Campus MovieFest] was happening until two weeks before and I couldn’t get any actors up until three days before shooting.”

Students were given a week to shoot and edit their movies, making time a crucial element.

“It was a great time filming it,” said McDaniel. “We had that short notice and just put it together.”

Winning the awards for Best Actor and Best Actress were Mark Hapka in “The Vestige” and Diana Vasques in “Esperanza,” directed by Israel Nunez.

“The Vestige” was given the award for special effects and “i love you,” directed by Thomas Reed, won the Audience Award for bringing the most supporters.

“[Campus MovieFest] is an opportunity to explore things you may not necessarily have the chance to do,” said Diane Payes, promotions manager for Campus MovieFest. “College is definitely that place where you can try your hand at different things, so why not try your hand at being creative, coming up with amazing story concepts and learning how to use cameras, film and edit?”

Several films chose relatively unexpected storytelling techniques, such as Mario Alcantar’s use of marionettes in “Jano the Wandering Rider” and Samantha Cabrera’s computer-animated cartoon “Boned.”

Taking on a unique category, “The Enemy Territory,” directed by Erik Carr, was the only Western-style movie created by a Cal Poly Pomona student this year.

“The funny thing is that when I wrote the first draft of the script, I imagined it being a spy thriller,” said Carr. “On the second draft or so I was thinking that having people dressed in suits and running through the wilderness sounded ridiculous, so I was like, ‘You know, this is a Western.’”

CMF Wild Card

Watch your favorite Cal Poly Pomona movies here, because the one with the most views by Nov. 27 will be selected to compete in Campus MovieFest’s national online bracket against other most-watched movies for a chance to be screened in Hollywood.

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