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Capital Students Win Big at International Film Festival
By Kaitie Eddy
What started out as a class project for Advance Production ended up being so much more for Wes Murray (Electronic Media and Film) and Nate LaGuardia (Business Management). Their film, "Buzzing in the Garage," took them all the way to the Eyecatcher International Film Festival, where they earned "Best of Fest" for a student film.
Original production for the video took just a few days, and the initial edit for their class was done in about the same time. But when inspiration meets passion, production time flies by.
“The on-set dynamic was really fun,” Murray said. “When everyone is working on a project out of passion rather than payment, you know they really believe in the film, and it goes a long way toward the general attitude on set.”
The premise of the film revolves around a man who finds himself working a dead end job and is in danger of divorce. Trapped and in need of a lifeline, he reaches out to his daughter for help. The 8-minute film uses the cinematography and sound talent of students from Capital's Electronic Media and Film and Conservatory of Music.
- Wes Murray
Murray acted as the director of photography, editor, and gaffer, while LaGuardia acted as writer and director. The two also had help from Capital students Jessi Bennett (Interdisciplinary Studies) and Victor Anstine (Music Composition), who won a Student Emmy from the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for their work with the audio and score.
Murray and LaGuardia tweaked the original film on and off for about four months to achieve their final product – including making changes in editing, extensive foley work, and rescoring the entire film – which took them to the film festival in Oklahoma. According to Murray, there was some heavy competition.
“There were definitely some awesome films mixed into the screenings, and it's a huge confidence boost as a filmmaker to see your work screened in front of like-minded people and have them talk with you about how much they liked it afterwards.” Murray said. “Eyecatcher was a great opportunity to meet new people from the other side of the country that we can work with in the future.”
Buzzing in the Garage - NATAS 2017 Winner, Audio/Sound from CapTV on Vimeo.
“There was one student-made, feature-length film that was shot with a budget in Canada and had a decent story and some authentic props that we thought would beat us for sure. I was a little surprised when Chad called our names and we got to go accept the award.