Winners announced at 48 Hour Film Festival red carpet event

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Editor’s note: Bailey Britton, Julie Freijat and Jared Shuff, contestants in the 48 Hour Film Festival, are also on the Collegian’s Editorial Board.

On Thursday, April 8, the 48 Hour Film Festival red carpet virtual event showed five film entries, chose an audience favorite and presented final decisions.

The 48 Hour Film Festival is an annual event at Kansas State, in which students from any major can form teams to shoot a film based on surprise prompts. The catch: each team has only two days to plan, shoot footage and edit their movies.

The filming and editing took place the weekend of March 25.

“The filmmakers had three elements that were in the basket that they had to incorporate into every short film: A loaf of bread, an alleyway and the line ‘Welcome to the new normal.’” Ian Punnett, chief operator of Wildcat 91.9 and professor of practice for the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications, said.

The top two judges’ picks and the audience’s favorite film received prizes for their work.

“The first-place prize is a professional RBG lighting kit for interviews and filmmaking made by GBM,” Punnett said. “The second prize is a cash prize, of $200 provided by the co-sponsors at the Union Program Council. The audience choice is a cash prize of $100 provided by our sponsors at the UPC.”

Three judges, each with different fields of work and experience, made the decisions: Desiree Schippers, K-State alumna and documentary filmmaker working towards her MFA at Northwestern University; Stefanie Cytron, Los Angeles costume designer and member of the stage and artist union; and Maile Mellard, digital project manager working for marketing, engagement and creative content for image-makers in Wamego, Kansas.

After watching the five films, the zoom attendees voted for their favorite film. After tallying the votes, Katherine Karlin, associated professor of English, announced the winner.

“Character Development,” created by Maple, Milo and Misty Productions, won. The group was comprised of Brooke Biasella, senior in communication studies, Julie Freijat, junior in mass communications; Bailey Britton, junior in journalism and English; Jared Shuff, junior in secondary education; Connor Balthazor, senior in political science; Kylie Ledford, senior in mass communications; and Bernard Giefer, junior in mass communications.

The judges then announced their choice of first and second-place winners. The first-place award went to the film “All the same” created by the Sharp Shooters group of Norea Menold, junior in fine arts; Cassie Wefald, senior in history and anthropology; Jackson Berland, sophomore in theater; Skyler Lindquist, senior in English; and Maria Apel, junior in psychology.

The judges’ overall comments on the piece were that the film included “creative camera angles, varying depths of field and steady handheld work for a polished and overall a dynamic film”

The second-place prize went to “Character Development,” which was also the fan-favorite.

The judges noted that the film was “creative, relatable, with excellent lighting and costuming.”

Schippers said that the competition was tough to judge, and she had not expected the job to be so difficult. She was happy to see that each film was unique and that films are still being created despite the pandemic.

“Each film had really spectacular elements,” Schippers said. “I’m just happy to see people making films at all and still creating in a pandemic, still creating when it is really hard to create.”

Mellard said each film and the amount of work and the variety between each of the five films impressed her.

“You are still trying to do creative points of view and angles,” Mellard said. “It was very clear that you guys utilized the time you had. I was just so impressed that everyone was able to pull off what they did in the time constraints.”

This event came together because of support from all over campus, Karlin said.

Punnett said he sees this competition as an opportunity for students on campus and believes these types of competitions show what the future of media will look like.

“This is a wonderful opportunity, it’s a great challenge,” Punnett said. “This is the future of all media.”

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