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Student films focus of 31 Day Video Project

| Daniel Pfab

While it may not be the Oscars, you can bet UW-Eau Claire’s 31 Day Video Project awards ceremony will not mess up the envelopes and the best film award. And Warren Beatty is not expected to attend.

The student film fest hosted by the University Activities Commission Films Committee will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, in the Woodland Theater of the Davies Student Center. 

This is the second of two annual UAC events that allow students to participate in the movie-making process. Films are produced in a 31-day time frame with the subject matter tied a specific theme. The theme for this year’s films is animals. The films range in length from 1 to 10 minutes, and students must also include a specific line of dialogue and prop to ensure the film was made within the 31 days. 

The 31 Day Video Project allows any student the opportunity to get involved in the film-making process, regardless of their experience. Brian Johnson, a senior biology major, has participated in the 31 Day Video Project the past three years.

“It is a ton of fun for me because I love films and making them.” Brian said when asked why he gets involved. “The process in filming and editing is a lot of fun, but it is very rewarding seeing my films on the big screen. The movies are just so much better in that atmosphere with good speakers and a lot of sound.

“The turnout for the festival is usually good and I love to show my friends and everyone else a project that I have spent a lot of time working on.” 

Student films that were submitted by the Feb. 26 deadline are also up for a wide variety of awards selected by the films committee. The awards include best film, actor, actress, story, costuming, cinematography and use of theme, prop, line and character name. Films submitted after the deadline will be shown, but are not eligible for awards.

Audience members will also get to vote for a fan favorite award at the end of the screening. The awards ceremony will take place immediately following the screening, and refreshments will be served. To learn more about the 31 Day Film Project or other events hosted by UAC visit their homepage. You can also follow the links below to view films created for past 31 Day Video Projects.

 Merlot

 The Crocotta

 Bad Luck Black Cat