By Andy Quintana |Staff Writer|
Lights, camera, and 48 hours.
CSUSB students received honors and awards in the area of creating a short film; and the kicker is that they only had 48 hours to work.
The 48 Hour Project competition brought together the Inland Empire filmmakers to create a short film, given guidelines and specifications.
The project concluded on Wednesday, Sept. 25, with a small award ceremony that took place at a coffee house, Back to the Grind, located in Downtown Riverside.
Out of the 25 films nominated, two awards Best Director and Best Cinematographer, as well as one runner up, the Audience Award, were handed out to students from CSUSB.
Best Director went to Kirk Cohen and Best Cinematographer went to Ben-Christopher David.
“I feel like, this award is validation for everything that me and my communication classmates have learned throughout the quarter,” said director Kirk Cohen. “It’s the first project that we were involved in off campus, so an award like this is very moving.”
“Through the 48 hour film project, it taught me to never underestimate my friends and coworkers and their incredible talent and work ethic,” said cinematographer Ben-Christopher David. “I believe we genuinely created a work of art, and when a team of people puts their 100 percent into a film, truly amazing things can happen.”
“I was really proud of everything, from the director to the cinematography, they did an awesome job just putting it all together,” said Thompson. “I really hope it takes off because it was a passionate effort of all of ourselves and we put a lot of effort and love into it, so it’s our baby basically.”
“There was a lot of pressure to finish on time and that’s when a good plan and organization helps the most,” said production and editing assistant Wesley Davenport. “It shows that you can’t neglect the benefits of good planning and organization, especially when you’re under tight deadlines.”
CSUSB Communications professor, Dr. Rod Metts, applauded the film students on their recent accomplishments.
“We are fortunate to have so many gifted and motivated students in our video production program and I am thrilled to see them recognized for their many talents in this wider arena.”
Each of them mentioned their aspirations and future career goals.
“I’d like to produce a sports program, documentary style show, like ESPN’s 30 for 30,” said Davenport.
“I either want to go into sports broadcasting or film as a director,” said Cohen.
“This is a career path I would want, not necessarily for acting but production in the entertainment industry,” said Thompson.
“My dream job is to become a cinematographer for feature films,” said David. “This is actually a quote from Conan O’Brien which I firmly believe in: ‘If you work hard and if you are kind, amazing things will happen.’”