TV students shoot short film, Change, around city city

Photo courtesy of NLC Video Tech Dept.

Videographers used high-tech cameras like professionals

By Grant V. Ziegler

North Lake College’s Video Tech Department (VTD) has been making waves by creating brilliant short films with innovations in new technology.

In April, the News-Register reported on Lucky Red, a short film produced by NLC student Dillon White. His film was made possible by a grant for camera equipment by Panavision, Kodak and Mobile Production Services (MPS) Studios Dallas . Moreover, NLC students Doug Impiccini and Robert Stillwell’s film Esther was screened at the College Academy Awards in June. Their film was the only submission of 518 that came from a community college.

To keep the magic coming, the VTD has been granted an Alexa camera from MPS to create their latest project Change. The Alexa camera is what all major feature films are being shot with nowadays, according to Workshop I and Workshop II instructor, June Owens.

Change was written and produced by Workshop student Bruce Nunes. The 10-minute film was shot in just one weekend. Even though 10 minutes doesn’t seem like a long film, it took Nunes and his crew 24 hours of filming to complete the project.

Aside from the demanding time requirements, a full crew of people is also necessary to make even the shortest of films. Nunes was accompanied by a squad of teacher’s assistants, a director of photography, an editor, script supervisor, assistant director, lightning director and producer Owens.

“I wrote the script for Change, which was originally titled 17 Seconds, before the semester even started,” said Nunes. “As the semester went on, we all had our hands in the project, it slowly became our project and not just mine.”

Change is about two friends, — one who is responsible and one who is reckless. Despite their differences, they’re life-long friends until the responsible friend grows up and has a family and can no longer justify being around his reckless friend and the mistakes he makes.

The short film will be featured in the NLC Videofest in May, but Nunes plans to land the film in other film fests in between now and then.

“Thanks to the community support, the students get a taste of real life and what it’s like to be on set with professionals,” said Owens.

“They get to feel the stress of putting everything together, the stress of when it falls a part and the joy of seeing the finished project.”