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Dec. 2, 2010
The films will begin showing at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Maryville movie complex. Seating will begin at 4:30 p.m. The films range in duration from 10 to 45 minutes.
"I think it's going to be entertaining and they are films that a lot of people can enjoy and appreciate," said Sean Callahan, a senior interactive digital media-new media major from Independence, who produced one of the films and helped organize the event. "It's a chance for people to support the creative work of students at Northwest."
The films were produced as part of a trimester-long independent study students took under the advisement of Matt Rouch, instructor in the Department of Mass Communications.
Callahan and Clayton Scott, a senior broadcasting and history major from Grant City, teamed up to produce "The Elegy of Dreams," a thriller about a detective hunting a serial killer. As the plot plays out, the detective draws connections to previous crimes and his own past.
"He starts to question himself a little bit," Scott said. "It's a twist ending and he does end up finding his connection."
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The students spent weekends filming in locations throughout Maryville, Grant City and Parnell. Callahan and Justin McClure, a junior broadcasting major from Norwalk, Iowa, portray detectives in the film. Jennifer Carr, a junior history major from Sheridan, wrote the script and co-produced the film.
In the short film "Cado 231B," a scientist's attempt to bring a mysterious young woman back to life with a contorted science experiment.
Caleb Hayworth, a junior broadcasting major from Leon, Iowa, and Justice Simpson, a senior broadcasting major from Exira, Iowa, produced the film.
In addition to writing and directing the film, Hayworth portrays the scientist, Dr. Adam Hearst. The film also features Caitlin Kinman, a freshman chemistry major from Maryville, as the young woman, and Connor Gary, a junior applied advertising major from Pleasant Hill, as Dr. Connor. Trinity Weatherman, a junior finance major from Huxley, Iowa, worked on the film as a gaffer.
"I enjoyed the filmmaking process and can't wait for the premiere," said Hayworth, who produces "Reel Picks" on KNWT. "I hope students as well as the community attend."
The third film to debut at the event will be a war-style film, titled "The Call of Duty," which Hayworth produced. Hayworth said the film is about two Army officers who notice "something amiss during battle, which leads to a surprise ending."
To hear the young filmmakers discuss their projects, it's easy to tell filmmaking is a labor of love for them. Scott said he discovered his love for filmmaking in high school and is looking at graduate school film programs.
"I really enjoy just watching films, studying films and also making films," he said."
Rouch said the independent study is unique because it provides an avenue for students interested in filmmaking to experiment and perfect their craft.
"They're really able to explore areas that they want to explore in filmmaking and they're able to hone their craft," Rouch said. "These are motivated students who don't need deadlines. They do it because they want to improve their skills."
The students say Northwest's hands-on environment enables them to express themselves through film. The opportunity to use high definition cameras and top-of-the-line sound equipment is a bonus, the students said.
"The faculty are always supportive and there's not a structure that says 'you have to do it like this,'" Callahan said. "Instructors give you free reign to make a project you want, and the effort you put into it leads to how well it turns out. They don't place limits on what you can do. You have the freedom to do as much as you can do and learn as much as you want."
After the premiere, the students hope to submit their films to short film contests.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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