Could you write, produce, and shoot a short film in 50 hours? That's exactly the challenge that two teams of South Burlington High School students took on when they participated in the 50 Hour Student Film Festival held this spring.
This year, South Burlington students Asya Begovic, Tess LaLonde, and Daria Noonan-Wehmeyer (Syzygy Studios is the name the students chose for their video studio) competed in and ultimately received the honor of Best Overall Film; with a premier of their film, "The Conspiracy Collective," screened at the Roxy Cinemas May 30th.
According to the festival site, the goal of the contest is to write, shoot, and edit a short film in a weekend. The contest occurs between a Friday and the following Monday with the prompt for the contest posted to the festival website around 2:30 pm the Friday of the contest weekend. Participants may not make any creative changes to their films after midnight the Sunday of the contest, but have until that Monday to export and upload their film to Vimeo.com.
A panel of independent judges rate the films based on their merits in screenplay, cinematography, sound, art design, and editing. One film is chosen as the best film of the contest. There are also awards for best screenplay, cinematography, sound, and editing.
According to SBHS DesignTechnology teacher Philip Galiga, the Fifty Hour Film Contest (http://fiftyhourfilm.com/wp/) is a competition designed specifically for Vermont Middle and High School Students. Founded in 2005 by two Vermont High School Digital Arts teachers, Tom Preska and Jim Shields, the contest was envisioned as a fun way to bring top student film makers from around the state together to learn from and experience the work of their peers. The last time South Burlington High School competed in the contest was 2014. In addition to Syzgy Studios, SBHS student team, Burger, entered this year and you can view their submission below.
Galiga said, "I'm super excited and happy for the students!"
Congrats to all!