Most are unaware of the amount of creative energy, manpower, and technical skill that goes into filmmaking. It’s just movies, right? How hard could it be? It takes a village, and then some, to make the magic audiences see on the screen appear flawless and invisible.
This senior class has had their fair share of navigating this challenge over the course of their college careers, and they have succeeded in creating and maintaining that magic through the production of their final films.
The senior films produced this year include the thrilling sequel Scarecrow in the Woods Pt. II by Derek Ditkowski, fantastical and spine-tingling Human by Albert Pardo, and the dramatic yet hopeful Moon River by Caleb Whitford. All films were produced under the guidance of Professor J. Garrett Vorreuter in DFM 435: Final Film Project.
This particular group of students have historically pushed for longer runtimes which allow more complex storylines. I have always, and definitively, said no to these requests. Limitation breeds creativity after all! However, the students are quite pleased to report their films this year exceed my typical 10 minute runtime requirement. This time, though, it has absolutely worked in their favor (yes seniors, you are reading that right). Each film allows the viewer to be fully immersed in the world the students have created: from an ultra-creepy crime caper, to a sci-fi with artificial intelligence gone wrong, to the technicolor dream world of one very distressed young woman and the people around her.