I got the chance to teach an introductory film class once again this fall which means that, once again, I had my students conclude the semester by creating one-minute films of their own.
This year, the focus was on film genres and their visual hallmarks. Students received genres at random, Project Runway-style. Their first task was to do research into the aesthetic history of their assigned genre and to make a plan to ensure that their film would be recognizable within the one-minute time limit. Next, they shot and edited their films and wrote up a short description of how closely their actual process came to the one they had planned. Finally, we had a film festival on the last day of class where students voted on their favorites and the winners received a small amount of extra credit.
So, without further ado, here are this year’s winners!
First place: “What is Art” – Documentary/Parody
Second place: “Shoot” – Western/Parody
Third place: “i control” – Science Fiction
Honorable Mention: “Snakes Don’t Fly” – Documentary
Honorable Mention: “Bad News Tod” – Sports Film/Parody
Honorable Mention: “Into the Closet” – Horror
These were absolutely delightful to watch! I’ve gotta say my favorite is “Shoot.” It keeps in style and is exceedingly aware of itself. Awesome job guys!