Digital film festival showcases student work


Published: April 26, 2009

The Daily Press

The competition is low stress, and if you go Tuesday night you can watch and pick your favorites.

Thomas Nelson Community College’s Spring Digital Film Festival is part of a semi-annual event where art students show off their productions. The fall competition features judges and prizes, but the spring version takes a lighter tone.

Since October, students have had the college’s new green-screen production studio, which provides a background for computer animation, to play with.

“They have some really strong pieces, three or four, using that green screen,” said Cece Wheeler, TNCC associate professor of art and computer arts department head.

Between 30 and 40 pieces will be shown. They include commercials, music videos and public service announcements. Motion graphic works, including animation, typography in motion and network logo pieces will be featured as well.

“It’s just another way to showcase those videos because we have students who do beginner work in the fall and enter, but then might take an advanced class and want to show that as well,” Wheeler said.

Projects shown will be from spring semester classwork. This includes a beginning and two advanced computer arts classes, one of which is an animation class with some two-dimensional animation as well, Wheeler said.

She started the festival eight years ago during the fall semester only, with jurors coming in to judge it and award prizes. But after finding some students took a spring class and wanted to put their videos in, Wheeler expanded it.

Because of the range of the different works in the spring, it’s hard to compare them to one another for judging.

“You’ve got beginning and then really advanced motion graphics classes that are in there,” Wheeler said. “So it’s really hard for that to be a fair piece against a music video or a comedy, because they are mostly graphic design pieces. That’s why we don’t have jurors because that’s too many apples and oranges to put together.”

Tuesday’s audience members will receive a ballot to vote for their favorite work.

“The spring one is more fun,” she said.

Want to go?

Thomas Nelson Community College’s Spring Digital Film Festival is Tuesdayat 7 p.m. at the Mary T. Christian Auditorium on the Hampton Campus. It is free and open to the public.



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