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Students Turned Filmmakers: Campus Moviefest Takes ODU

Students Turned Filmmakers: Campus Moviefest Takes ODU
Robert Younger

Contributing Writer


On Sept. 29, Campus Moviefest announced the winners of its filmmaking contest at the University Theatre. Out of well over 90 different teams, 16 of their films were presented to a mass audience. Of those 16, only four were selected to advance to the national finale at TERMINUS. The winners are: “Flushed” by the ODU Film Club, “Piece by Piece” by Dancing Queens, “Familial” by Zack O’Toole’s crew, and “Like a House Condemned” by Phoebe Georgina’s crew.

CMF had challenged ODU students to make a short film within one week for the chance to win a number of grand prizes. Dozens of students lined the Webb Center en masse for their chance to make their own short film. The contest officially began on Sept. 20 after CMF representatives provided the teams with all of the equipment needed.

Of the submissions screened, there was a grand amount of variety at work, including but not limited to comedies, romances, dramas and documentaries.

I spoke with the Vice President of the ODU Film Club, Jake Brinn, and asked him to recount some of the club’s experiences when it came to filming “Flushed.”

“We shot from 5 p.m. to 3:30 a.m.” Brinn said, explaining how the club almost spent 48-hours-straight working on the film. He further commented on how smooth the production was and how, in spite of some slight hiccups, everything went very well.

As the winner of the CMF Audience Award, The Jury Award and Best Performance, “Flushed” stands as a successful first production for the Film Club. When asked what he would like for the club in the future, Brinn talked about how they would like to enter more film contests and one day achieve national recognition for the club.

Currently, the club is already hard at work for their next big contest as well as creating a safety video for the ODU Campus Police Department. For those interested, the Film Club is always eager to accept new members and meets at the Goode Theater on Wednesdays and Fridays at 5:40 p.m. It is a good opportunity to engage with fellow amateur filmmakers and pursue the craft of making or working in productions.

Campus Moviefest may be over, but that doesn’t mean there still aren’t plenty of chances for students to make films and let their voices be heard. Also run by CMF, Seeker Stories is currently accepting documentary submissions until May 1. There are also submissions for a Social Justice film or even submissions for an original video game at TERMINUS.

At TERMINUS, students will have a chance to have their work exposed to a large audience and major figures from the film and game industry. The four-day convention is full of nonstop entertainment. It is scheduled to take place June 22-25, 2017 in Atlanta, and will be open to the public. CMF finalists are expected to attend.

CMF began back in 2001 when a group of four students at Emory University provided fellow students with all the tools they needed to create their own films in a week. From humble beginnings, that idea has only grown and flourished. Campus Moviefest is now one of the largest student film organizations in the country.