Student shorts graduate to the big screen

CINEMA 101 - Cinema major Guillermo Martinez gets creative filming Graphic Design major Jackie Gallegos for his Cinema 101 assignment in progress near the Art building on the west side of campus.Jay Gilliland, Photo Editor

CINEMA 101 – Cinema major Guillermo Martinez gets creative filming Graphic Design major Jackie Gallegos for his Cinema 101 assignment in progress near the Art building on the west side of campus.

MEDIA ARTS ANNUAL STUDENT SCREENING – Budding filmmakers exhibit their work in Annual Student Screening. 

By Amanda Cavarretta, Staff Writer

After a semester full of hard work, exhaustion, excitement, and $100, some dreams are ready for their close up.

“It was stressful and exciting,” says Valley College film student Laura Manning. “It’s nerve-wracking to show [your work] to fellow students and people you don’t know.”

The Valley College Media Arts Department is hosting its Annual Student Screening Saturday, Oct. 11 in the Recital Room, located in the music building. The event will unveil a series of 1-minute films by Cinema 101 students,  as well as 3-to-5-minute works from the advanced film class, Cinema 123, and an exhibition of various photography projects.

“This is a chance for the students to present their works in a setting that is beyond the classroom,” said Cinema and Media Arts Professor Arantxa Rodriguez. “It’s about the synergy between the department, the students, and the community.”

The students were strictly limited to $100 budgets and given only one weekend to shoot the 1-minute films that will help fulfill their dreams. Throughout the semester, tension mounted as students prepared for their production dates. Some expected the worst.

“Talk about Murphy’s Law. You had to adapt; anything that can go wrong, will,” said Manning, director of “Misplaced.”

Diana DeVille, director of “Patience Is a Virtue,” said despite minor bumps, she wasn’t knocked off course. “We were a little late shooting,” she said. “Once we started, it ran like a well-oiled machine.”

The showcase, which will begin promptly at 6 p.m., is free, and open to the public. Students are being encouraged to invite family, friends, and enemies to attend.

“I am interested to hear people’s reaction to my movie, as well as getting a chance to see a lot of the other films,” said DeVille. “It is a great opportunity to get student films out to people’s attention and give us a sort of real-world introduction to presenting our work to the public.”

Writers from the Valley Star will be covering the student screening. The students are looking forward to their art being viewed by an audience as a climax to a long semester of hard work, stress, and joy.

“Film is the one true collaborative effort and the audience is a vital part of that,” said Rodriguez. “The project isn’t complete until someone is experiencing their art and see how their creations affect people.” 

The Annual Student Screening will take place on Oct. 11, in the music building located in the Recital Room. The event is free and will start at 6pm sharp. 

Staff Writer Katherine O’Rourke, a media arts student with a film in the screening, contributed to this report.

CINEMA 101 - Cinema major Guillermo Martinez gets creative filming Graphic Design major Jackie Gallegos for his Cinema 101 assignment in progress near the Art building on the west side of campus.Jay Gilliland, Photo Editor

CINEMA 101 – Cinema major Guillermo Martinez gets creative filming Graphic Design major Jackie Gallegos for his Cinema 101 assignment in progress near the Art building on the west side of campus.

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