TWU students get a film break

For the contest, students created a five to seven minute short film based on their spring break experience. Nine finalist films were selected and shown at a campus event on March 24, when the winner was announced.

Crossley, a third year communications student, won not only the favour of the judges, he was the audience's top pick as well. His film, portraying spring break as an opportunity to slow down from our hectic lives and appreciate God's beauty, won him an Apple iPod nano. He created the entire film by creatively positioning the camera in order to capture himself on film.

“The underlying purpose of the event was to generate excitement around film and to show students that anyone can be creative and make a movie,” explains Audrey Martin, TWU student media advisor. “The judges appreciated that Jared set up each shot and created a thoughtful narrative to go with it.”

And creativity was not only the key to winning the competition, it was the key to its inception. Eric McIntosh, TWU Resident Director, came up with the idea for the contest after connecting with an Apple Canada Representative. As someone with a strong interest in the film industry—McIntosh is a former intern with Fox Sports—the idea was a natural fit.

“The event was a great way to showcase some of the university's talent in art, design, and production,” says McIntosh. “We would love to see something even bigger next year.”

Even for the students that didn't win, the competition afforded them a valuable experience. Not only was editing assistance available to them as as they produced their film, the young filmmakers also learned the tricks of the trade from five qualified professionals—the judges.

“Students presented their work to people who have the potential to land them a job,” says McIntosh. “That's a big deal for any student interested in film.”

The judges included Deb Sears and Steve Plitt, producer and director of the first place film in Vancouver's most recent 48 Hour Film Festival; Murray Stiller, audio expert and instructor at TWU; Erin Mussolum, documentary filmmaker and TWU alumna, Michelle Gasque, art director in film; and Twylla Bergen of Apple Canada.

Sponsors for this event were Apple Computer, Inc., the TWU bookstore, the Student
Organized Film Association (SOFA), and Trinity Western University's Student
Association (TWUSA).

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C. is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,300 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 39 major areas of study ranging from business, education, and computer science to biology and nursing, and 15 other graduate degrees including counseling psychology, theology and leadership.

Last Updated: 2007-10-11
Author: Erin Mussolum