Festival of Scholars

An annual celebration of research, scholarship, and creativity

April 27 - May 1, 2015

Advanced Cinema Production, Festival Winners and Student Work in Progress

Date: Monday, April 29, 2013
Time: 10:30am - 11:30am
Location: Preus-Brandt Forum
Description: Three Communication students will screen and discuss their original films produced in the Advanced Cinema class, followed by a question and answer session. Stephen Wardle’s “Campus Security,” Victoria Kodai’s “Forbidden Fruit,” and Taylor Johnson’s “Organic” will be featured. “Campus Security,” a festival winner from last year, will be screened in its entirety with excerpts being shown from "Forbidden Fruit” and “Organic" which are both works in progress.

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Student Abstracts at this Session

Victoria Kodai

Faculty Mentor:
Mr. David Grannis
Forbidden Fruit: The True Story of the Garden of Eden

"Forbidden Fruit" is a short comedic film that explores the roots of humanity's quest for knowledge. The film is based on the Garden of Eden story in the book of Genesis and depicts the Serpent as a Promethean type of character. The Serpent encourages Adam and Eve to leave the garden and build a society of their own, making their own mistakes and reaping their own rewards. Adam and Eve do not want to leave so the Serpent manipulates them into eating from the tree of knowledge. Clips of the film will be presented along with a brief description of the production process.

Stephen Wardle

Faculty Mentor:
Mr. David Grannis
Campus Security

"Campus Security" began with an image and a line. The image: two grown men with aviator sunglasses and thick mustaches. The line was in a Boston accent: "You're my partna." From those two ideas, little more than feelings, began "Campus Security," a story of two bumbling campus security agents who accidentally solve a murder and in doing so reveal a conspiracy that goes all the way to the top! While the film itself delves into dark comedy as well as parodies of the film noir genre, the process behind "Campus Security" explores advanced, independent filmmaking techniques, low-budget filmmaking techniques, and how the digital and internet revolutions taking place are affecting media, filmmaking, and storytelling.