Film Club of CSUSB is designed to give students and aspiring filmmakers an opportunity to learn about cameras, lighting, script writing, and digital video editing.
Their first meeting was held on Oct. 4, in UH-042 at 3 p.m. Future club meetings will be held at the same time and place for the rest of fall quarter.
The club was formally known as “Society for Student Filmmakers” but it has been recently changed to “Film Club of CSUSB.”
“I really want to pursue a film career and I felt this was a decent start given what’s provided here at the college,” said club member Damion Mora.
The club began in 2011, which is sponsored by SLATE, a non-profit organization founded by Lucas Cuny in Redlands.
“This is where you get experience and where you come to be educated. Where the rules are taken off, the grading system is removed and you’re just making a film for film’s sake. I think that is the main inspiration for filmmaking, is making the film. We don’t have too many places that you can do that and we wanted to make that available,” explained the president of the film club, Scott Romo.
Though they are a small bunch, consisting of 15 members, the club still manages to work on major projects such as a piece for the LA 48 Hour Film Holiday Project.
The 48 Hour Film Holiday Project is the world’s largest timed filmmaking competition, where each team is to write, shoot and edit a five-minute short film in only 48 hours. Once the 48 hours is up, teams submit their film to be shown on the big screen to compete against other teams.
Registered teams attend the Kickoff Event in their city; each team receives a specific genre, character, a prop, a line of dialogue, and a holiday which must appear in their film.
Production began Saturday morning on Oct. 29 and was due on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. The Film Club of CSUSB was given the genre of superhero and Thanksgiving was their holiday.
“This is actually my first experience doing any kind of film. So far I have been listening to other people and observing what they say because they have more experience. I am using this as a learning process,” stated club member Taylor Adams.
For their short film, they came up with the idea, “Turkey Man,” which will be shown at the Regal Cinemas at LA Live, Nov. 12.
The film is about a science experiment gone wrong, what was supposed to make a man-sized turkey ended up turning a man into a turkey with powers of a turkey who fights crime.
“As of right now, the club is working on an untitled short film. It is a comedy about these two girls who are trying to change their grade after a really bad final. We are bringing in all our resources from cameras to drones, which we use on our projects daily so that we’re going to be using the best equipment,” said club treasurer Anthony Camello.
As of right now, all positions for this short film are locked, but the club is always in need of people to help create many more projects.
There is no fee to join. Those interested just have to come with an open mind and be ready to create. If you’re a fan of movies and filmmaking, this is the place for you.
“We are always looking for new members. You don’t have to have any experience; you can just be interested in film. We will work with you from the bottom to the top, that’s what we’re here for,” stated film club vice president Alyen Jauregui.