WWU Film Students Receive Awards for Productions

Reel Fanatics, the film
club at William Woods University, recently held a film festival designed to
display the talent of novice film directors, actors and editors.

To give authenticity to
the event, “The First Flight Film Festival” was held at B&B Theatres Fulton
Cinema 8, where the audience viewed the newest advertisements, music videos and
movies on the big screen.
Submissions from WWU
students and alumni ranged from music videos that illustrated the heartbreak and
despair rooted in the lyrics to short films summing up the dread of using the
bathroom late at night by yourself.
“This was a
great opportunity for our students to showcase the new technologies and new
techniques they have learned,” Tony Weed, instructor of broadcasting and film,
Awards presented at the
end of the festival were:
Best Advertisement to Dillon Klein of
Oceanside, Calif., for “Taylormade Advertisement”
Best Narrative Picture to Calvin Hawkins
of Wentzville, Mo., for “Silent Scene”
Best Experimental Short Film to John
Couper of Columbia, Mo., for “Book to Film – ‘The   Giver’”
Best Actor to Derek McCawley of Phoenix,
Ariz., for “The Otherside Music Video”
Best Actress to Jenny Morris of Overland
Park, Kan., for “The Telescope”
Best Director to Lincoln Purvis of
Montgomery City, Mo., for “The Telescope”
Most submissions were
class projects students completed under the guidance of WWU film faculty.
“Tony Weed and Greg
Smith have helped us so much, and we are so thankful,” said Shay Jasper, a Reel
Fanatics member. “We’re grateful to have such wonderful and dedicated
Reel Fanatics members
were delighted to take the reins of the annual event and transform it into a
film festival in hopes to expand submission opportunities.
“It has been so great
to actually see all our planning come together. We collaborated every Friday
for the last three months to make this event what we wanted it to be,” Jasper
Submissions were:
“Tea for Two,” “A Silent Short” and
“Study Break” by Cal Hawkins;
“Solitude of Happiness,” “The Waiting
Game” and “PS3 mock ad” by Derek McCawley;
“The Telescope” and “The Deal” by
Lincoln Purvis;
“A Scene From the Giver” and “Coca-Cola
mock Ad” by John Couper;
“Skinny Love Music Video” and “Eharmony
mock Ad” by Sally Bohlinger of Lake Elmo,
“Otherside Music Video” and “Taylormade
mock Ad” by Dillon Klein;
“Vans Mock Ad” and “Sony mock Ad” by
Martell Washington of St. Louis, Mo.; and
“The Midnight Game” and “Fountain Music
Video” by Drew Arnett of St. Louis, Mo.
“The pieces were all of exceptional quality and
really highlighted the skills the students have learned over the past year,”
Weed said. “Each piece was unique and thoughtfully put together. We are very
proud of our students’ work and were excited to bring them into the public
Greg Smith, associate professor of English,
added, “I’m pleased to see the film club growing in numbers this year, and I’m
also very happy with the way our growing student membership has taken active
ownership of the event and collaborated in terms of planning and
promotion. The current communal atmosphere among the Reel Fanatics is
animated and inspiring.”

The club hopes the film
festival will grow to such an extent that anyone from the community will be able
to enter by next year.
 “One of our goals,” Cal Hawkins, president of
Reel Fanatics, said, “is to expand our film department by gathering prospective
film students from the local community.”
Members of the Reel Fanatics
Club at William Woods University gather before the First Flight Film Festival
(left to right) Greg Smith and Tony Weed, advisers; Dillon Klein, Sally
Bohlinger, Phoebe Brown, Shay Jasper, Lincoln Purvis and Marrtell Washington.