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Film Students Pull Horror Films Together in a Hurry

As part of Salt Lake City’s only horror film festival, The Salty Horror International Film Festival, BEAU teamed up with the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) to create short films.

There were two categories for the film contest. In the first category, students needed to create a one-minute film using only a cell phone camera. The one minute had to be continuous with no touch-ups or edits. This is a project that Christopher Coppola of SFAI often has his film students do during their schooling. In keeping with the horror film festival mood, students were asked to use the theme: “What are they doing out there?”


Mario DeAngelo, Christopher Coppola and Rando Schmook

For the second category, each BEAU contestant paired up with an SFAI student to create a three to five-minute film using one of four categories: Bloody Parallels, It Came from the Dark, No One Survives, and No Place to Hide. Each film was required to contain footage from both Salt Lake City and San Francisco. Students had the extra challenge of bridging the long distance using WeVideo. They only had four days to complete their films.

The awards celebration was held at BEAU with some of the SFAI students and Christopher Coppola flying out to attend. All the films were screened. The films had been judged earlier that day by four impartial judges from both schools. Films were rated on inventiveness, clarity of interpretation of the theme, and technical prowess. For the cell phone art, the prize was split between two clever entries, entitled: “Farber Uh Oh!” and “Canuto,” that showed two sides of the same event. They split at $50 prize.


Kira Norlem and Jake Spoone embrace after winning the grand prize.

The winning entry for the short film contest was entitled “Webcam” and was created by Kira Norlem from BEAU and Jake Spoone from SFAI. They split a $500 prize.

During the awards celebration, students were asked to speak about their experience working long distance with other film students. The distance and the short time limit seemed to cause challenges, as well as spur the students to think in ways they would not have thought before.

One partnership spoke about discovering that their idea for an “alien baby” would not work within the constraints.

As Instructor Mario DeAngelo said, “You can make a film in a week or you can take years.” The amazing thing, though, as Christopher Coppola said, “These films didn’t exist a week ago.”  These students come away from this experience with a finished film under their belt.

To see the webcast and the entries, click here.