WWU stars shine at Hollywood-style event

Hollywood is not the only town boasting a red carpet
anymore. In fact,
Callaway County’s very
own movie stars and directors can be found at the local movie
theatre.

William Woods University recently hosted its second annual Red Carpet Showcase, a
celebration of WWU student and alumni films
produced by communication majors in the arts
division during the 2011-2012 academic year.
The student directors, actors and actresses dressed as if attending
the always-glamorous Academy Awards,
some with evening gowns and some with tuxedos.
The program featured fictional short movies starring
several members of the William Woods and Fulton communities, as well as
documentaries researched across various disciplines. Also presented were radio
and television
excerpts from WWU s broadcasting program.
The local B&B
theatre, Fulton Cinema 8, and Callaway
Bank provided support for the event.
Awards for achievements in performance
and technical talents were presented at the end of the night. This year s
awards went to:
  • Jessica Bargate of Jefferson City, Mo.,
    best editor and
    best cinematography for her
    documentary, Stories of Beginnings
  • John Couper of Columbia, Mo., best sound design and best
    cinematography for The Smithtown Shadow
  • Scott Barker of Mexico, Mo.,
    best screen writing for Surprise Dinner
  • Adrienne Dickerson of Christiansburg, Va., best screen writing for
    Marena Nelson: Private
    Eye
  • Derek McCawley of Phoenix,
    Ariz., and Scott Barker, the C47
    Award;
  • Jenny Morris of Overland Park, Kan., best supporting actress for
    The Telescope
  • T.J. Green of Brandon, Miss., best
    supporting actor for
    The Smithtown Shadow
  • Nick Hoover of Kingdom City, Mo.,
    best supporting actor for
    Fixer
Appearing on the big screen in front of a
cultural icon, the 45-foot tall Hollywood
sign in the Santa
Monica Mountains, WWU alumnus Joshua
Potter announced the big awards, adding another Oscar touch to
the night.
The recipients were:
  • Lincoln Purvis of Montgomery City, Mo.,
    best visual effects, for Faceoff on Lost Creek Bridge
  • Amanda Coker of Dallas, Texas, best
    actress in a
    leading role, for True Fiction
  • Calvin Hawkins of Wentzville, Mo., best actor in a
    leading role, for both The Smithtown Shadow and The Telescope
  • Lincoln Purvis, best director, for The Telescope
Alumni who have
remained actively involved also won awards. Those recipients were: Shaun Speers, C47 Award, and Chris Norton, The Old Fogey Alumni Award.
Other students who submitted
films for the event were McCawley, True Fiction, and Bailey Campanini of Camdenton, Mo., Muppets Unhinged. In addition,
Fixer, a film written and
directed by Potter, was shown.
“All of these students deserve to be appreciated. They ve all
worked very hard and have done exceptionally well. That is actually
the point of the night to recognize all the hard work
these students have put in this year and
to really celebrate that hard work,”
said Jason Knowles, WWU instructor of communications.
“While creating their videos,
students had an opportunity to experience life as directors,
writers and actors. They worked under deadlines and were in charge of
whole crews.
Of course there were bumps
along the road in filming, but
the actors were so cooperative and
punctual and they just made the process so easy,” Couper said.
“The actors were so wonderful to work with,” Purvis said. “Drew,
Calvin and Jenny were all great and I enjoyed working with them so much. I
really got to experience the give and take of directing. As a director, you
have to be the leader because you have
to guide your actors to get the results you want, but you don’t want to seem too
pushy and play the boss role.”
CUTLINES
Lincoln Purvis, a North
Callaway High School graduate, displays his trophies in front of a poster
advertising one of his winning films.
Five of the winners with their
Oscars : front, left to right, Cal Hawkins, Scott Barker; back, Lincoln
Purvis, John Couper and Chris Norton.
Jessica Bargate, winner of best
editor and best
cinematography awards for her documentary,
Stories of Beginnings