SUU Goes To Kanab Little Hollywood Film Festival

On Wednesday, April 4, 10 SUU students as well as Dr. Gavin Feller, Assistant Professor of Media Studies, competed in Kanab’s Little Hollywood Shootout Film Festival.

The film festival is an annual event that brings professionals, film students and hobbyists alike from all over. Each team has 48 hours to shoot, edit and submit their short film. This year’s competition theme was, “Take a Hike.”

Julian Vegt, a freshman international student from the Netherlands, studying information systems wrote and directed “For Better – For Worse.” This short film depicted a couple on vacation who, after arguing about marriage and timelines find themselves in trouble. Kasey has fallen off of a cliff and is now having visions with a mysterious man in the dessert, and Madi is nowhere to be found.

“This is the first time I’ve ever written and directed a short film. It was interesting to take on the pressure of getting that ‘married young couples in Utah’ experience, especially as an international student,” Vegt said.

Yuri Bertacchi, who was part of the cinematography team, said this of his first experience with shooting film: “Shooting a short film has been amazing! I really had fun working with cameras. Since it was my first time shooting a movie, I think it worked out pretty good, we put in so much effort to make it happen, it was insanely awesome.”

For most of the team, including actors from the theatre department, this was their first attempt at film, so when SUU took fourth place, they were very excited.

SUU will be going back next year and hopes to continue having fun and learning more about film techniques.

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Savannah Palmer for SUU News

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